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    15 Plot Twists Readers Found So Shocking, They Had To Stop And Put Their Book Down For A Bit

    WARNING: Contains some spoilers.

    1. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

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    "Robb Stark dying in A Storm of Swords. Threw the book across the room and didn’t pick it up again for three days. I was so shook. Then when I picked it back up again Catelyn died immediately." —bnjmnwlsn

    2. Watchmen by Alan Moore

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    "I recently read Watchmen for the first time and when Ozymandias reveals that there was no way to stop him because he actually destroyed half of New York 35 minutes ago, my jaw dropped and I just had to take a small break to take in what I just read." —Spartan6281

    3. An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

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    "It's a short story, but has one of the best twist endings ever written." —malabella

    Recently, a Reddit thread sparked a conversation in which people shared a plot twist that left them in awe. Here are some of the most popular responses:

    4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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    "It took my parents a good hour to calm me down after finding out that “release” was “death” and that they killed innocent, healthy babies." —theTisch21

    5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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    "Everybody’s gangsta until the pigs start walking in Animal Farm. It was one of the most chilling parts of any book I’ve ever read." —YaBoyJuliusCaesar

    6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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    "Man, I really thought this one was gonna be a happy kids book ending." —YaBoyJuliusCaesar

    7. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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    "When Okonkwo killed the kid in Things Fall Apart. Shit ate me up" —JonnyActsImmature

    8. Eldest by Christopher Paolini

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    "Eldest (from the "The Inheritance Cycle" tetralogy). When Murtagh is revealed as the other Dragon rider I stopped reading for a good 20 minutes. Then, not even 10 pages later, it's revealed they were brothers. Blew my fucking mind." —JuDa102707

    9. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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    "It is a true example of an unforseeable twist done to perfection." —Kasaroo4950

    10. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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    "Fucking sobbed while reading it for the first time with my first kid." —Mmmn_fries

    11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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    "When I first read the reveal in American Gods I actually threw the book against the wall in anger at myself for not getting it, even though it was staring me right in the face the entire damn novel." —catbert359

    12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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    "Scabbers being Peter Pettigrew all along blew my mind as a kid." —pamcowers

    13. Sphere by Michael Crichton

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    "It's so good I don't even want to talk about it. Go read the book." —[deleted]

    14. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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    "The third book in the Divergent series." —Soft77

    15. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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    "In the book I Am Legend, the main character uses his days to kill these vampire-like zombies while they sleep, then goes back home at night to stay safe in his fortress. Eventually they break in, capture him, and jail him.

    He's seen these vampire-zombies as monsters for years. They tell him he's going to be executed. When they bring him out for his execution, the crowd is truly terrified of him. They see him as the monster. This guy who's been killing their people when they sleep. He was the awful monster. He was the legend." —[deleted]

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