Speaking of sequels...I just picked up the latest in the Gone saga, by Michael Grant. We read the first book in middle school book club in 2009, and I have faithfully read the next one...and the next...and the next, trying to hang in there just so I can say I stuck with the series to the end.
The latest book (#5) is called Fear, and it resolves some things while coming up with some brand new horrors. Some familiar characters get eliminated, some tyrants are taken down while others grow stronger, and the gaiaphage finds a new way to interact.
I had high hopes when things seemed to be getting to a really desperate pitch, that this would be the finale, the last volume; but given the new twists revealed as the book ended, I'm sensing that Grant could either wrap it up in the next book or create a whole new story line that could carry us along for awhile. I see from interviews online that the next book is supposed to be the last one, and I'm hoping that's true; I'm really ready for this franchise to end. It's not that it's not gripping or entertaining; it is, in its own horrifying way. But...there's something to be said for a nice trilogy!