The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)
By Lemony Snicket
The End is the final installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read and reviewed each book, and I have to admit this was my least favorite of all. If you plan to read this series, it may be best for you to skip my book review.
At the end of the previous book, the Baudelaire orphans are leaving the burning Hotel Denouement along with Count Olaf, in a boat. They arrive on a strange island, home to an entire community of people, and they’re welcomed by a girl named Friday. Here they discover more secrets and continue looking for answers about their parents. After a mishap with Count Olaf, the orphans must deal with the venomous Medusiod Mycelium again in order to save the island.
Going into this book I had high expectations, which was obviously a huge mistake. After all this time through every book, I’d hoped there would some sort of resolve for the Baudelaires, and maybe some readers feel that there is, but I wasn’t pleased with the ending. Hints were given along the way that meant nothing. There are still many questions in my head that are unanswered too. With that said, there were a few positives, including some returning characters, and of course the demise of one specific character.
This installment wasn’t comical at all; in fact, it was probably the most serious of them all. The Baudelaires have come a long way, overcoming so much tragedy, and I think that’s the biggest take away from this series in the end. Not only that, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love the bond between these kids and the way they support one another. I’ve always appreciated the strong message of family, the importance of good morals, and the themes of overcoming, courage, good versus evil, and hope.
I’ll never be sorry I read this series because we did enjoy it (my kids especially). In the end, we don’t always get the answers we’re looking for, but even so…I just wish this last book added a little more information about other characters and had a more pleasing end.
- Age Range: 8 – 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 – 6
- Lexile Measure: NC1370L (What’s this?)
- Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13 (Book 13)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
The last volume of the fabulously popular A Series of Unfortunate Events series, in which the history of the Baudelaire orphans is brought to its end.
You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you read the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.
This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the previous twelve volumes, you probably can’t stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.
It has been my solemn occupation to complete the history of the Baudelaire orphans, and at last I am finished. You likely have some other occupation, so if I were you I would drop this book at once, so the end does not finish you.
With all due respect,
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