Everyone has their favorite book series; whether you desperately waited for the next book to come out or you binged an entire series in a week. Personally, I haven't read a full series since The Hunger Games which was several years ago now. However, today, I'm going to be talking about series I started, but never finished.
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The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This dystopian series follows the life of Tally Youngblood. In this world, upon a person's sixteenth birthday, they can have "pretty" surgery, become a pretty, and live in New Pretty Town. Tally is about to undergo this surgery when she meets Shay, an ugly who shows her that life isn't all about being pretty.
The girls find out the ugly (pun intended) truth about this surgery and begin their fight against the government to stop the "prettification" of the world.
I'm not sure why I never finished this series because I really enjoyed it. I was in a local bookstore the other day and saw the rest of the series so I may go back and reread this one. There are four installments to this series; Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. If you like dystopian societies and strong female characters, definitely give this series a go.
The Lord the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
I don't know about you, but I had to read The Fellowship of the Ring my sophomore year of high school. I didn't like my teacher, so it kind of ruined this series for me.
For those who don't know, this series is the sequel to The Hobbit also by Tolkien which follows young hobbit, Frodo Baggins, who inherits a powerful ring from his uncle and must destroy this ring in the fires of Mount Doom. This expansive universe is made up of hobbits, elves, wizards, dwarfs, dragons, and even humans which Frodo meets along the way.
While I haven't read the series, I have watched all of the movies including all of the Hobbit movies, so I get the general premise. I'm not a big fantasy reader, which could explain why I'm not chomping at the bit to read the whole trilogy, but if you enjoy a bit of magic and lore then Lord of the Rings is a good place to start.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
I know this may be surprising to some, but I have not finished the Divergent series.
I know, I know. I actually read Divergent in the eighth grade when it was a free e-book and loved it. When Insurgent came out, I was eager to get back to yet another dystopian society.
This society, similar to the Hunger Games, is separated into factions; Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, and Candor. Each of these factions has defining character traits like Erudites are incredibly intelligent, while members of Dauntless are fearless and brave.
This story follows Beatrice Prior (or Triss), a young girl from Abnegation who transfers into Dauntless to get away from her family life of selflessness. However, when Triss was taking her aptitude test to see where she belongs, her results were confusing. She was Divergent, meaning she fit into several different factions. Divergents were not accepted in this society, so Triss must keep her secret while trying to adjust to her new life. (I'm a Divergent too! Take the quiz here to find out your faction and leave a comment down below)
I never finished this series because quite frankly, I became bored with the genre. Dystopian novels were all the rage and by the time Allegiant, the final book in the trilogy came out, I had moved on to other things. Maybe someday I'll go back and reread the complete trilogy, but for now, I'm okay with letting them sit on my shelves.
That concludes all of the series that I have started, but never finished. Leave what popular series you haven't completed in the comments down below or send me a picture using #literarylily on Instagram!