Trilogies seem to be all the rage. Except for Stephen King's latest, Under the Dome, which should have been a trilogy. Honestly, reading all 1000+ pages at once was a chore! A good chore, as he's one of my favorite authors, but a chore, nonetheless. Made so because I didn't want to stop reading to ... eat, do my job at work, cook, even go to the bathroom. But, that's probably TMI.
(p.s. the TV show is butchering the book...read the book and forget about the TV show. Oh, and... despite loving the author, I hated the ending. It was...not realistic, IMBO. The premise of it fit, but the actual way it was handled was... poor. Very poor.)
I've read a few others this summer already, in addition to Stephen King's novel. But, of all the trilogies I've read, the ones that deal with the future and where we'll be, how we'll act or how we'll be living, the one that I enjoyed the most and felt the most disappointed when I was done (because there wasn't a fourth novel coming)... was the 6001 novels by W.R. Widenberg.
The first one, 6001: Ice World Invasion of the Torterats kept my attention throughout and drew me a scary yet innovative picture of the future. It's set in a world of ice - with a small band of humans who have survived what we might call the end of the world. We don't hear about the end of the world much, and I liked that. We hear, instead, about a clan - people held together not so much by blood, as by their humanity. We hear (read) about the death of their Queen and the annointing of a new Queen - a 15 year old girl who is at time reckless, daring, and yet...vulnerable.
On their quest to survive the hard cruelty of the ice world they exist in, they are tormented by Torterats... yes, huge creatures much like rats but...intelligent. And deadly.
I loved this book because it had a level of realism other books of its kind do not. It wasn't full of other-wordly experiences or vampires or ghosts. It didn't ask the characters to battle magic or mystic beings. Everything was based on the human desire to be free and to live within a select community. The trials and tribulations were real enough to have you rooting for the humans and scared to death of the torterats. The land was intolerable at times, but it was home...and to be driven from it could mean certain death to the clan...yet, that was a decision their new Queen was going to have to make.
Put down the other books you're reading. Pick up W. R. Widerberg's trilogy of the future - and write to Speilberg and tell him this series should be next summer's blockbuster movie. Please! Before some inferior books are chosen as the next big story in movies.
p.s. yes, a second p.s. - the cover model is the author's granddaughter - she influenced some of the book's content, and, I think, some of the personality of the new Queen - who never fails to surprise, throughout the three books