The Compulsive Reader: The Mediator Series Lives On!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Mediator Series Lives On!

ETA: It's true, it's true! Look at this and this!

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned multiple times how much I love the Mediator series by Meg Cabot. Like, here and here and here. I have a soft spot in my heart for Meg Cabot and her books, as they are the first YA books I really ever read when I first discovered YA ten years ago. Just typing that last sentence makes me feel ridiculous and old.

Anyway, my favorite series by Meg is indubitably the Mediator series. The protagonist is Suze, a Buffy-like New York City girl transplanted to Carmel, CA when her mom re-marries. Not only does she have to deal with living with three new teenage step-brothers and a new step-dad, but she sees ghosts. And unfortunately for her, Carmel is full of old buildings with ghosts to haunt them. But none of the ghosts are as interesting as the one who haunts her new bedroom--Jesse, a nineteenth century guy who died back when her new home was a boarding house. Of course, it's not like she can ever get anywhere with Jesse when she has to deal with all of these maniacal and homicidal ghosts that are all around her.

The series comprises of six books--Shadowland, Ninth Key, Reunion, Darkest Hour, Haunted, and Twilight. (Meg's Twilight came out before the other Twilight. When Meyer's book came out and had so much buzz, I remember being very happy that Meg's series had found so many new readers, but alas...) The series is great in itself, and the six books are lovely with a full story arc, and Twilight ends with a bit of a game-changer that leaves the storyline open for some interesting developments (any fans out there want to discuss spoilers in the comments? Just leave a warning for anyone who doesn't want to know!) but it is also a nice conclusion to the series as well. And Meg has stated repeatedly throughout the years that that's it, Twilight was the end. Let Suze have her happy ending. So hard to accept, but for almost eight years, that's what we have done.

And then...this happened.

The official Mediator Facebook page announced that we will be seeing more of Suze and Jesse soon in a new full-length book! The fact that Meg's website hasn't refuted it (yet) is a sort of good sign that perhaps this isn't a prank or a joke or a hack. I've got my hopes up, but I'm trying not to get too excited until I hear from an official source. Rumor has it that Meg has hinted about Mediator-related research as recently as this past year, and the great thing about writers is that sometimes they change their minds about sequels and series and can surprise us! (Scott Westerfeld made my year when he wrote a fourth book in the Uglies "trilogy.")

Whether it's true or not, go start reading Shadowland. The books are inexpensive ($7.99, cheaper as e-books) and I dare you to read the first three chapters of Shadowland and NOT want to continue! I'll keep my eyes and ears open for more news!


Kelsey said...

Seriously?! A SEVENTH book? Please don't let this be a joke. It would be too cruel.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Believe me, I know! But...that's what the official Facebook page said. And I haven't heard otherwise YET. So I am crossing my fingers. I think I remember reading somewhere that Meg wanted it to be a longer series, like 8-10 books, but I think she had to cut it short because of poor sales. Which is SO TRAGIC. But, I also feel like at this point in her career, couldn't she just write whatever she wanted?

Anonymous said...

I know!! I saw it on the FB page and it totally made my day!! I checked the Meg Cabot Message Boards and she hasn't refuted it there either!
I'm so excited.

Meg always said that a new book meant new troubles and that she wanted to let Suze be happy for a while but I have been holding out hope, ever since she went back and gave he 1800 series a proper send off with book five!!

BTW, have you ever been to the messageboards?
I've been a member since, like 2004, I think! I was like 19 when I first joined , lol.

Leslie said...

I cannot tell you how much I loved these books. A new one would be amazing.

Lauren said...

Oh. Mygosh. Mediator is my favorite Meg Cabot series, and I would *love* to see what happens to "older, wiser, and sexier" Suze. Plus, you know, seeing how Jesse's doing these days...