As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I may have almost started crying when this book finally got to the library. It’s the final book in the series, it’s the end…and I was also worried that Ransom was going to kill Jacob/Emma/Miss Peregrine/Addison/some other character that I came to love. So I almost (notice the use of the word almost!) started crying.
This book was the perfect conclusion to the series. As much as I hate to see the adventures of the Peculiars come to an end, this was well written and quite enjoyable. At the beginning, we have Jacob, Emma, and Addison facing down a hollowgast, trapped in a train car. And that is when Jacob shows that he has acquired another peculiar ability: he can speak the growling, grunting language of the hollowgasts. And the action only picks up from there.
Not only do we get to visit another loop(Devil’s Acre), we also get to meet a new set of peculiars that are just as interesting as the children we have followed in the last two books. And this book, just like the last two, has the unique sense of humor that I rather enjoyed, what with quotes like this,
“Okay, okay, don’t waste all your energy on them,” Emma said, wobbling to her feet. Then a rotten head of cabbage bounced off her shoulder and fell splat to the ground.
She lost it.
“All right, someone’s gonna get their face melted!” she yelled, waving a flaming hand at the squatters.
“For amusement, they ingest whatever flammable liquids are at hand and sing badly at the top of their lungs.”
We also get to meet the creators of the wrights and hollowgast, Caul and Bentham, as well as learn why they did it. The photographs remain as interesting as ever (just look at the cover! Look. at. it.), and the worldbuilding remains intriguing.
I, however, have two complaints: one, is that the other peculiars, Enoch, Olive, Bronwyn, Horace and the rest are barely in the book. They’re maybe around for the last hundred pages or so.
Second has to do with the photographs. With the previous two books, the photographs were simply to add to the story, they were added because of what was written. But in this book, there were times where it felt like the story was written around the photographs.This got slightly annoying, mostly because it made entire paragraphs just seem unnecessary. But other than that, it was a great finale to the series.
It’s funny, it seems like everyone either loves or hates this series. There’s really no in between. I’m in the “love” group, but must of my friends are in the “hate” group. I try so very hard not to hold it against them when they say it was boring.
But anyways. Have you read Library of Souls yet? Did you like it? Are you in the “love” or “hate” group for this series? Or are you one of the rare few who’s in between?