Top 5 binge-worthy book series

While standalones can be fun, quick reads, book series give readers a chance to spend more time in the bookish worlds.

Emma Leask
16th February 2022
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There’s nothing more satisfying than completing a book series and having that final book provide the perfect conclusion. It’s even better when all the books in the series are already published, so you can binge them back-to-back. Here is a list of some of the most binge-worthy series.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

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This adult fantasy trilogy has a dark tone and a strong female protagonist. The characters leap off the page with their grey morals and believable dynamics, instantly gripping the reader. The series starts off like many other fantasy stories, with Rin learning to become stronger and realising the reality of what lies beyond the small-town life she knows. By the end of the book, gods and shamans play a part in an unexpected way, giving the reader no choice but to pick up the sequels immediately.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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This is a larger fantasy series, with seven books and a novella collection. Incredible world-building, captivating characters, and high stakes, this is an addictive series that will tug on the reader’s heartstrings and satisfy cravings for high-action scenes. The world expands with every book and the magic system is fascinating. There’s a rich lore that adds an extra layer of intrigue. The last book is guaranteed to be a tear-jerker, and it perfectly concludes an epic series.

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman 

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Hailed as the next The Hunger Games, this trilogy is set in a dystopian world that is both harrowing and eerily relatable to our own. In this series, humans can live forever, so to avoid over-population scythes must ‘glean’ those chosen by the government to be killed. The two main characters become involved in their work, and it’s captivating to see their contrasting morals. Both are equally flawed, and at times their logic makes them truly terrifying.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer 

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This superhero-action series is entertaining and addictive. With an Avengers-style group, the books go beyond being merely a superhero story, diving into the blurred distinctions between good and evil. There’s a forbidden romance element, with pathetic fallacy woven throughout which keeps the reader turning the pages. The author has created a unique and diverse cast of characters with an incredible set of supernatural abilities.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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This quartet centres around a boarding school in Vermont, where aspiring detective Stevie is intent on solving the decades-old murder mystery. Before long, the murderer returns, and the danger quickly escalates. The mystery unfolds throughout the series, and the final reveal provides the perfect answer to all the questions raised throughout. There’s also great representation through the characters, who are individually compelling and have a wonderful dynamic together.

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