A boy with extraordinary powers.
An army of deadly monsters.
An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and continued in “Hollow City” comes to a thrilling conclusion with “Library of Souls.”
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.
This was a somewhat weak ending to an otherwise strong series – or at least, it was clearly intended to be the end before they decided to continue with more books. Whereas the other books clearly had a fully realised plan for the beginning, middle and end, this book had an end goal, and wandered all over the place before finally getting to it.
I did like that the world of the Peculiars was, once again, expanded on, introducing us to the desperate slums of Devil’s Acre, trapped in it’s own loop. It was a strong start, but then lost it a but by hanging around too long obsessing over a bridge. The story did this a lot, it would introduce a new place or character, but then would stay too long and I would start to get bored.
There was a mention of Librarians, and some mystery of Jacob’s Grandfather’s history that made me believe that the author was scattering in some clues as to what we will be seeing in the future stories, and despite the weaker ending these did make me excited to continue the series.