The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
So for anyone who has ever known me, the first trilogy that I always talk about is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I grew up with this trilogy, starting with the movies, and then my dad eventually getting me to read the books in high school. It was not my first series to read, but it is still one of my favorites. I love Sam, Frodo, Smeagol, and Gandalf to bits, and no one’s mocking me will ever deter that feeling. Ever.
The reason I recommend this is if you’re looking for the big stepping stone into Science Fiction and Fantasy. Tolkien is an amazing world and character builder, his Middle Earth possibly one of the best fantasy worlds I’ve ever stepped into. The first book; The Fellowship of the Ring, is a little slow to start but once you hit a certain point it’s hard to put the book down, let alone the trilogy as a whole.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This trilogy seems to be an either like or dislike type of series for readers. I loved hearing the horror everyone voiced over the carnage shown in the movies, especially once I read the books. I think I nearly laughed at someone before telling them that the books have a lot more goriness in that department. A bit gruesome and morbid, but I think any fan of the Hunger Games ends up with that quality. If you’ve checked out my works, this trilogy being on this list will not be a surprise. Of the few fanfictions I have written, I of course did one for this trilogy, since Collins leaves so much of her world still somewhat unexplained it was so easy and fun to write the story of another tribute who goes through an almost similar experience to that of Katniss’s.
The one thing I did not love about this trilogy though was the inevitable Young Adult love triangle. I consider these triangles almost a risk taken when delving into most Young Adults, well because the vast majority I pick up tend to have at least one. I don’t enjoy hating on characters, especially out of spite for a predicted love interest, but it happens, and then I feel bad. Beyond that one issue though, I still loved this trilogy, its characters, and both Peeta and Finnick. Finnick sadly, I ended up liking more due to Sam Claflin.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
If Hunger Games was controversial, then Divergent was like a horror show of a divide for readers. Film wise its release time did not help this trilogy’s predicament, and then the last book came out. So you might start wondering why this on the list. I mean why include two books I deem controversial favorites? Well, while everyone hated the last book, I loved it until that one moment. (I won’t go further since spoilers, plus if you researched this trilogy then you’re bound to have heard anyway). I enjoyed the first two books as well as the last.
I think the reason this book tends to get so much crap is because it has a similar plot to Hunger Games, but there are so many books that suffer this downfall. I rarely find a book or series that has an entirely original feel to it, and I don’t blame the authors for that. There’s so much out there right now that it’s almost impossible to create something that hasn’t yet been done.
So why should you read this one? Simply put, this trilogy really had me connect to the heroine and her friends. I got emotional when someone died, and that moment we hinted at? It’s the kind most authors avoid. While I didn’t like how it was done, I admire the fact that she was willing to tread territory that most readers abhor. Sometimes I think we readers need a thorough butt kicking when it comes to our expectations. Should she have done it in this case? I don’t know, it wasn’t my story to tell, and I don’t even know how the scene came to be. All I know, is that this trilogy kept me reading even when the bad moments appeared, and that makes it great to me. I even ended up picking up the book, Four, afterwards which shows how much I enjoyed the characters and story.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This trilogy had me devouring each book and then freaking out for the next. Darrow and his drive get you riled up right with him, and his voice is so convincing. I don’t think I’ve ever ran into a series that had me laughing at gore and cursing, but this one did. I feel really crazy saying that, but just read it, and wait for that moment to hit, because it will, it so will.
Pierce Brown is an amazing author, and the world he built for this trilogy is so complex, and yet believable to the core as well as every detail. The ranking of the society isn’t anything so new to writing, with a hierarchy that many dystopians have, but the way the main character tries to bridge the gap makes it something of a new concept. Yes, after I said what I did about Divergent, here I am saying this. Enough evidence to read this yet? Darrow, a Red, the lowest rank of the hierarchy becomes a Gold (highest) through some very well detailed and gruesome means, and fights to slowly worm his way into the ranks of the Golds so that he can save his fellow reds.
That’s a very brief preview summary, but this trilogy is intense, jam packed with action, roman culture (best part for me), and little slices of romance. Definitely a trilogy worth giving a shot, and testing the waters for. It’s not young adult like many of my reads, but it’s the good divergence from the usual books (see what I did there? Divergence? I make myself laugh).
Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Remember when we touched on love triangles? Well, Cassandra Clare is like the master of these little romance conflicts. The trick with this though, is that when she writes it you still love both the guys involved, and while you favor one, you still want the other to be happy. By the end of the first book you’ll be as tormented as Will Herondale for the multitude of feelings that you go through. I will not lie, my favorite character wasn’t Tess, but Will. His hatred of all things ducks, and his witty humor have you laughing at the most absurd things, but you love it. Every second of it. For crying out loud, I named my British accent Siri, Will. He is amazing, and pronounces certain streets with that British charm. He’s also a lot nicer than the preset Siri, so give it a try, I dare ya.
This book gave me so many feels, that I was crying over the third and last book. I generally don’t cry. That’s my big, weird secret. I can watch movies that have most of my family balling, and I’m just sitting there feeling a tiny bit guilty. But every now and then I run into books and movies that just hit me, hard. This was one.
If you’ve read the Mortal Instruments and loved it, you should have already read this, well because, that’s what a fan does. But on the off chance that you haven’t, I really think that this trilogy was a lot better than the Mortal Instruments, and had a lot more power over me. If that still doesn’t convince you, then I don’t know what will. If you need incentive, look up Will Herondale online, and see just how many people love this character, we are talking book crush, the kind that makes you feel a little weird and yet happy.
The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
This was a bind up I happened upon while browsing through the Barnes and Noble Science Fiction/Fantasy section. Since I live in a very country suburbia area, going to the bookstore is like a magical experience that only happens a few times a year, which is probably very good for my wallet since books are not in any way cheap. My mother usually jokes that I should get an e-reader, but I don’t like screens. I love flipping pages, and sometimes that can backfire. This bind-up is the perfect example of that. It’s a bind up first off, and I struggled to find any other versions of the books. Now, why would I try that? This book was another brick, and you should have seem me toting it to work, I think my coworkers laughed at me a little, or thought I was possibly insane. I might be insane, but that’s not the point.
What is the point? This trilogy was a mix of emotions for me. The first book is told through the eyes of one character, you get attached to her, and her circumstances, and are ready for her to kick some butt. So what’s wrong with that? Jemisin plays a game with each book, starring a new character, but the last protagonist then hardly shows up, so it’s a little disconcerting trying to reattach, but you do. Once you get used to this fact though, you get good at the game, and you enjoy it a little. I ended up loving all the characters she introduced, even the ones you start out hating, which is kind of awesome.
If you’re looking for a longer trilogy to dive into, I completely recommend this. It isn’t a trilogy for the light hearted, especially since it is hefty, man is it hefty (Hefty, Hefty, Hefty), but if you’re willing to take it on it is incredibly worth the hours spent on it, and it gives off a vibe that is amazingly unique, and compelling. Give it a shot, you hard core readers, you.
Now, this isn’t the final list of Trilogies, especially since there are so many out there, but these were the favorites of the ones I’ve entirely read. Below is a list of trilogies that I have read, or at least started, but didn’t quite make the cut.
-Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
-Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
(I liked this trilogy, I really did, but somehow it just didn’t stick with me like the ones on this list, so it felt wrong to stick it in there. I still recommend it, but I have to be honest with these lists)