Ahhh the Book Squad. Such a thing of beauty. Such a thing of wonder. Done right, it can elevate a book from merely “good” to “OMG WHERE HAS THIS WORK OF ART BEEN ALL MY LIFE” (I kid you not, this was my exact reaction after I finished Six of Crows – yeah, I’m just a bit dramatic). Done wrong, and you have a complete train wreck of a book.
I used to have a strong distrust in multiple PoV books – there was always that one character that I literally cared nothing about and to sit through their chapters was always a form of torture (one so effective, it could probably be used in interrogations). Fast forward through reading some fantastic multiple PoV YA books rife with interesting characters, fascinating relationships and intricate character development and I am now a firm lover of the “book squad”. Below are five of my absolute favourites ones – featuring groups of characters that will make you fall in love with them and their story from the very first page.
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The Six of Crows Duology // Leigh Bardugo
In this totally unforseen, absolutely out-of-the-blue event, Six of Crows has made another appearance in one of my blog posts. Who would have guessed? My precious Crow children – Kaz, Inej, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan – are one of my favourite groups of characters ever. Whilst the Six of Crows duology does have fantastic world development and plot, it relies mainly on its characters to drive the story – and it does not fall short at all. All six of our Dregs have such unique personalities and character traits which makes it riveting to watch their interactions with each other – especially since they all have such complicated relationships (well, except for Inej and Nina – those two are queens in love). Added to that, they all have varying levels of moral integrity (they probably fall on a scale of Kaz to Wylan – obviously, it’s not hard to guess who’s on the low-end of the scale) and so witnessing their personal growth as characters over the two books was also particularly fascinating.
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The Lunar Chronicles // Marissa Meyer
One of the strongest aspects of The Lunar Chronicles series is the retelling elements, in particular how well Marissa Meyer took the princesses we all know and love and transformed them into their own unique characters. Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter are such empowering female characters who love themselves for who they are and don’t tolerate nonsense from anyone – especially their equally-as-awesome romantic interests. Kai, Wolf, Thorne and Jacin are the perfect counterparts to our main female characters and together with Iko, the 9 of them have such intricate relationships that provide some interesting interactions over the course of the series.
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The Raven Cycle // Maggie Stiefvater
Not only does Maggie Stiefvater do a fantastic job at creating a magical atmosphere unique to The Raven Cycle series, she also creates a gang of characters who are like no other. Not only do Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah and later Henry have many peculiarities that set them apart from the norm (I mean Blue literally grew up in a house full of psychics?), they also have to deal with the general disaster that is their teenage years and it is such a delight to watch them navigate family, friends and love in amidst a magical journey for a long-lost king.
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A Court of Mist and Fury // Sarah J Maas
I think everyone that read ACOMAF wanted to be part of Court of Dreams. Firstly, because RHYSAND (*swoons*) and secondly, the bonds between the Inner Circle are pretty enviable. Although this book does not have multiple perspectives, the personalities of Mor, Amren, Azriel and Cassian really shine through in their interactions with Feyre and Rhysand and their relationships, tempered by years of friendships, are pretty fascinating to learn about. I can’t wait to see even more of this particular squad in the final book in the series.
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The Heroes Of Olympus // Rick Riordan
Can you believe that I almost forgot about my precious Greek and Roman demigods? The Heroes of Olympus series has a HUGE cast of characters but my main favs are The Seven – that is, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel and Nico. In amongst fighting terrifying monsters, navigating nosy parents/aunt/uncles/Gods-who-have-nothing-better-to-do-with-their-lives, and generally trying to save the world, this squad have some of my favourite interactions out of all the characters mentioned. Rick Riordan’s innate sense of humour and writing ability bring so much life and dimension to these characters and it was such a delight to grow with them across 5 (or in some cases, 10) books.
So that’s it for my favourite book squads – let me know some of your favourites in the comments below!
Until next time,