I just realized I have to totally rework The Inferiors.
The first time I had to fix it, luckily I'd only written the first 30K out of what's now 112,000 words. It was challenging. Rewriting something you've already written is ridiculously hard!
Fortunately, I only had to rewrite 30,000 words then.
I've got 112K to sift through. Hopefully I can keep a lot of it. There are a few parts I don't want to lose, but the entire thing needs to be shortened. Reason?
I discovered that the "end" isn't actually a good place to end the story.
In my head, I have a timeline of all three books. Originally, when I first started writing book 1, I had no idea it was going to be a trilogy. It was all meant to be one book. But when I began to hugely exceed the standard YA word count, I had to break it up.
Anyway, my mental timeline includes just about everything in the story, from beginning of book one to the end of book three. And as I'm going over it, there's no way book 2 can end where it did! (Trust me, I've read over it like four times and the current ending is lame anyway.)
So, in the end, I guess I'm not rewriting it all. 'Compressing it' is more accurate I guess.