Library of Souls

Ransom Riggs
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Author
Ransom Riggs
Format
  1. Books
    Hardback
ISBN
9781594747588
Date Of Publication
1 September 2015
Pages
464
Series
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
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This third and final novel to the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children trilogy, left me satisfied with how all the events concluded. Following a cliff-hanger second novel, I was keen to continue the adventures of Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom who just seem to be falling from one nightmare into the next. And falling for each other obviously.

The story paces itself well, like the previous novels, and the characters experience their trials and hardships in believable, possible ways. Sure there were a few “lucky” breaks but the two never get through their adventure unscathed. It’s a nice break from most novels where the protagonists get away with mild scratches and enough energy to power a small village., but considering they have had a week of continuous running, barely enough sleep and so much emotional turmoil; I'm surprised they survived at all.

Once again, fantastic world building and character development. The transitions between the loops, the various places they visit, the fact that their enemies seem to be everywhere, and the weight on the two's shoulders as they race to save their friends, all work together for this final novel. I figured out what the Library of Souls was (or at least its relation) once an important key character showed up, but for that you will have to read it an find out.

The idea of time loops and “living forever” in the age you were in that loop is such a fascinating concept for me. I would never have thought about it in that way. Also one of the key points about the “peculiar” children was their restriction to the current time line, doomed to age rapidly forward according to the years they have “skipped”. This and the very unique Jacob who can speak to Hollows, combined with new myths, an amazing machine, surprising mysterious characters and revelation, all looping together to tie up the plots from the previous two books to make it one complete adventure.

A really great trilogy with a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful photos.

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