I’ll be honest, I’ve never really read a book with a major cliffhanger ending so I didn’t think it that big of a deal when I wrote my first Young Adult novel, The Mind Readers, and ended it with a surprise. Heck, television shows do it all the time. Even some movies. I certainly wouldn’t do a cliffhanger ending for all my books, but for this one it just fit.
Some readers loved the book and anxiously awaited the second. Some hated the book and swore not to read the second because of the cliffhanger ending. They felt they’d been cheated in some way and I suppose I understand…a little. I’m always upset when a favorite show ends on a cliffhanger for the season, but I’ve never been angry.
I honestly don’t read a lot anymore. I know, it’s sad, but I’m just so busy I rarely have the time. As I was scanning Amazon I noticed a book called Delirium by Lauren Oliver. I enjoyed the book immensely and when it became suspenseful toward the end, I was flipping the pages as quickly as I could. And then it happened…a cliffhanger ending. A ridiculously emotional cliffhanger. Was I angry or disappointed? No, but of course I immediately went out and bought book two. Book two also ended on a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, book 3 isn’t out yet! Karma had come calling.
So what did I learn? If you’re an author and do the cliffhanger ending, make sure readers don’t have to wait too long for the next book! And I greatly apologize to those who had to wait over a year for my book 2, The Mind Thieves.
What about you, do you mind a cliffhanger ending?
And because this is a giveaway…
First of all, my book 1 in the Mind Readers series, The Mind Readers, is free to anyone with an Ereader! You have been warned… it ends on a cliffhanger.
But for one lucky person who leaves a comment, that won’t matter! I’ll be giving away a coupon for an Ebook of The Mind Thieves, book 2! That’s not all. The same person will get a printed copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. And you have been warned…her book also ends on a cliffhanger! So if you like to be greatly frustrated by not knowing the outcome of a story because of a cliffhanger ending, and who doesn’t, just leave a comment!