This Top Ten Tuesday was left completely open-ended. Which left my mind completely open-ended. And by open-ended, I mean completely and utterly blank. So I brainstormed…thought…recruited my mom’s and sister’s help…brainstormed more when they had no ideas…and then finally realized something pivotal: I love endings. An ending holds the power to either make or break a book. So I decided to write about books whose endings left me speechless.
Now disclaimer: I’m not the biggest fan of abrupt in-the-middle-of-the-action cliffhangers, so that’s not really what these are. Double disclaimer: Cliffhangers can be good if they are done well and if the book still feels completed. Triple disclaimer: These are all my opinion and you are open to yours.
Okay, moving on. Here we go:
- Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult
I went through a stage a few years ago where all I wanted to read was Jodi Picoult. She writes mostly adult fiction (along with some YA) but I just loved her. I still do, I think. I just haven’t read her in a long time. Anyways the ending of this book, like literally the last page, completely changed everything I had thought about one of the characters. And it was a character who I hated; she was just vile. But this last page made me think about my perception of her and I was literally left with my mouth hanging open.
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This ending was beautiful. I think Lauren Oliver is really good at these type of endings. It just left me stunned where I just had to close the book and close my eyes and just sit. The imagery was just beautiful and it left you needing to read the sequel but not in a cliffhanger-y way. Bah, so good. This was my first Lauren Oliver experience and she’s since become one of my automatic-buy authors.
- The Program by Suzanne Young
Ah! I just read this one a couple of weeks ago and the ending tripped me up, man. It was really just the epilogue. The ending was finished; it felt completed. And then the Epilogue happened and changed the entire book. What you thought the entire book was suddenly worthless because this freaking epilogue. Man, I mean I love that epilogue. Just I hate it too.
- Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Yes, I realize I’m putting two Lauren Oliver books here. This one blew my mind. I had NO idea that this book was going to end like that. Oh my gosh. I can’t say anything because of spoilers but I want you to read it and then talk to me. Okay?
- Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
This one wasn’t so much a mouth-hanging-open-in-shock, but the ending was just beautiful. I love trilogies when they’re written well and Sanderson wrote this one well. Everything from all three books came together in the end and it was just magic. I loved it.
Now I’m only doing five because these are the ones with endings that I distinctly remember. I think from now on I’m going to put them in their own shelf on Goodreads if they have a phenomenol ending so I’ll remember.
What do you think? What books have you read that have made you stop and think or just shocked you? Let me know in the comments!