I’ve admitted that I have a weakness for sequels, series, and spin-offs. I get hooked on the characters and their story, and I look forward to spending more time with them. The hard part is waiting months—or years—for the next book to release. No matter how well I absorbed the previous book, I start to lose some of the details and have to play catch up when I start reading the next one. Instead of immediately jumping into the story, I have to re-familiarize myself with the characters and their world.
This is especially true with series like Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. Inheritance was released two and a half years after Brisingr. Two and a half years! While I didn’t read through the entire series again, I knew I had to at least reread Brisingr before I could tackle Inheritance.
Allegiant, the third installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, hits shelves October 22nd, and I’ve already reread Divergent. Insurgent is next on my list. It’s been over a year since Insurgent was released, and I want the story to be fresh in my mind before I read book three.
I don’t do this with every series. Usually it’s the ones that are particularly complex (like the Inheritance Cycle) or ones that have really resonated with me (like Divergent). Rereading sets me up to enjoy the new book as much as possible. I love all those layers, all the details that are woven together over the course of a series. Each little tidbit draws me into the story world more and more—exactly where I want to be.
What about you? Do you reread the books in a series before the new one comes out?
©2013 Kim Vandel