I love a good plot twist. Mess with my mind, convince me that everything I’ve thought the entire way through a book or movie is wrong and give me the real story. Let me gasp in wonder and amazement about the author’s brilliant mind to think of such interesting story turns.
Except I’ve found I’m hardly ever surprised by plot twists anymore. I don’t know if I’m just good at guessing plot twists, or if it’s because I’ve been reading more and I’m more aware of what to look for. I tried thinking of books I’ve read since 2013 started to see if any of them surprised me, which ones I saw coming from a mile away, and which ones didn’t work for me.
I recently saw a spoiler of “The End Games on accident”. I won’t say what the spoiler was, but I was surprised because as soon as I read the summary, I took the spoiler as a given. I didn’t even realize we were suppose to think that said spoiler would not happen. It just seemed a logically extension of the summary to me.
So, I decided to go through some of the books I’ve read since January & see which one surprised me and which ones I saw coming. (Don’t worry, spoilers will be marked IN RED ALL CAPS LETTERS! IF THERE ARE ANY)
Saw it A Mile Away:
I think this one may have been intentional, but still. Not hard to guess. The foreshadowing starts within the first couple of chapters and with every bit of information we got, my theory made more sense and was justified at the end. I think most people saw this plot twist coming.
I was pretty certain how Pandemonium would end as soon as I finished Delirium. I found the plot of Pandemonium pretty predictable; of course Lena joins the revolution, of course plot reveal at the end happens, etc., which I think is why it was such a lackluster read for me.
There’s a few different summaries for this book, but one of them mentions a psychopath, as and soon as we’re introduced to the Period 8 kids, it’s pretty easy to spot who it is. Unfortunately, this lack of a real twist is what made me not like the book as much as I could have.
Would Have Bet on It:
Twists I wasn’t completely 100% sure of, but still pretty certain my hunches were correct–enough to put (a little) money on it.
THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER. (THIS ONE CONTAINS SPOILERS. JUMP TO THE NEXT SECTION IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET)
OK, now that I’ve sufficiently warned you(but really, if you haven’t read this book yet and don’t want to be spoiled, here’s your last chance to turn back! I know I hate spoilers, so I’m trying to give you ample room. Are you sure you want to continue? OK).
Edward turns up in the middle of the sea from nowhere and is evasive. Of course he’s from the island. Juliet has to take injections for a “rare condition?” We know there’s something fishy there. I was shocked by the ending, but more by the cliffhanger than any twists. I really do like these twists, though, even if I guessed them ahead of time; they were really well-done and horrifying.
THE MAZE RUNNER.
Weird sudden onset of certain skills aside, The Maze Runner was pretty predictable science fiction. There’s a twist at the end, but it’s pretty easy to see coming when everything starts to wrap up a little too quickly. It’s a bit of a cliffhanger that I really hated, despite being almost certain the book would end that way!
Yay! You Surprised Me!
I wasn’t surprised by all the twist in this book, but I was surprised by the main one. The revelation came a little late for my liking, but it was still a really well-done twist that did catch me completely off-guard. My favorite kind.
Oh my goodness. The ending to this book is just. . . perfect. It is one of my favorite endings ever, and I did not see it coming. I did not have even an inkling of it. I’m pretty sure my mouth literally gaped open reading the last page. I had to sit and process it for a moment. I really enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t perfect. The ending, however, was.
So, on the whole, out of the books that had significant plot twist, I saw the majority coming or at least had a hunch. If you’re read any of these books, let me know how you felt about the twists! (Please be careful of spoilers–mark them clearly if you reference them! I’d hate for someone to be spoiled). I have to say my favorite twist of any book I’ve read this year is Parallel by Lauren Miller. I cannot get over the ending, I love it so much.