3 is the perfect number.
That’s what I’ve learned after, wait for it!, 3 years of studying The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, a masterpiece of (Italian) Literature divided into 3 cantiche set respectively in Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, and each composed of 33 canti.
So, you see, not only has literature taught me, among other (sometimes weird) things, the importance of numbers and their symbolism, but we Italians do tend to be a teeny-tiny itsy-bitsy wee-wee bit superstitious in what we do and how we do it. I might not always agree with every aspect of this religious/social hocus-pocus, but I do believe in 3 being the perfect number, if only in reference to literary purposes, such as the affection I have for trilogies.
Here are 3 Trilogies in the YA genre
I’ve read and would like to recommend to you.
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Genres: Speculative Fiction, Young Adult
“Early in life we recognize certain talents in ourselves, and we focus on those to the exclusion of others. It’s not that nothing else is possible, but that nothing else was nurtured.”
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
“It had become one of the defining truths of my life that, no matter how I tried to keep them flattened, two-dimensional, jailed in paper and ink, there would always be stories that refused to stay bound inside books. It was never just a story.”
Gloomy atmosphere, otherworldy feel, peculiarities at every turn. This is one of the most original trilogies I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Kicking of with the omonymus debut novel, it only gets better with each book, reaching a satisfying and well-build climax in its incredible and emotional final installment, Library of Souls.
Soon to be a major motion picture under Tim Burton’s direction. Couldn’t be any better, since this is exactly T.B. style. I’m pretty excited about it!
Also, there’s an on-going graphic novel series inspired by the triogy – who doesn’t love that!
Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”
Let’s face it: there are a ton of Dystopian themed Young Adult series/trilogies/standalones out there. After all, some years ago Dystopian became the new black of literature, substituting novels that featured as main characters vampires. The Dystopian hype hasn’t completely died down nowadays, but the influx of this particular genre has considerably lessened, finally allowing me to catch up with it… because I am like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland: always late.
So, I got to read the action-packed story of June and Day, and I did so in the manner I most prefer: binge-reading, savorying the story in all its complexity and extent without having to wait months and months, sometimes years inbetween books. Beautiful!
Verdict? I liked it. It might not bemind-blowing Divergent-level, but it does have a great built-up from book to book and a final twist that might drop your heart to your feet.
Also, there’s an on-going graphic novel series inspired by this triogy too!
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
“Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.
“There is something more powerful than any army. Something strong enough to topple kings, and even Darklings. Do you know what that thing is?”
I shook my head, inching away from him.
“Faith,” he breathed, his black eyes wild. “Faith.”
Set in a Russian-like alternative-universe where the status of a person is determined by their specialness – Grisha’s who powers – or lack thereof – standard boring people – The Grosha Trilogy hits highs and lows -a particular low being represented by the second installment, Siege and Storm – but still manages to obtain status of AWESOMENESS thanks to its outstanding conclusion that makes you pain of more! Fortunately, Leigh Bardugo embarked on yet another adventure set in the Grishgaverse with her new trilogy, Six of Crows. Yay! I’ll be binge-reading the crap of that one next year… or so!