Right now, I’m engrossed in two series that I didn’t think I would like.
The first is Hugh Howey’s Silo series. I’m reading the second book, Shift, which gives the origin story of the silos. Boy, has it sucked me in. This is not a series I expected to return to. While I enjoyed Wool, I thought I’d had enough of that dark, claustrophobic world when I finished the book. I’m not one who gravitates toward dystopian fiction, but this series proves that if you write compelling characters with powerful motivations, you can get me to overlook the grim setting.
The other series is the television series Andor, which is set in the Star Wars universe.
I love Star Wars, but I have to admit that the first episode or two of Andor really didn’t grab me. Even though I’d liked the main character in Rogue One, I didn’t connect with him in those first episodes. I walked away for several weeks. Still, curiosity eventually had me trying it again. I’m glad I did. The series has twists and turns and nuances that keep me on my toes. And I’m learning across all the Star Wars storylines that even when I’m not particularly interested in a subplot, there’s a solid reason it’s included and there will be a payoff.
So yeah, two series that at first pass I didn’t think I wanted more of, but I’m now thoroughly engaged with.