Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
My rating: 4.5 of 5
A Series of Unfortunate Events, vol. 13
Like an abundance of flotsam before them, the Baudelaire trio are washed ashore on a tropical island–along with the odious Count Olaf who happened to be traveling in the same vessel as they. At first, the island seems a paradise of simplicity and communal living . . . but it may or may not be the utopia it appears. As the number of secrets they discover skyrockets, Violet, Sunny, and Klaus are left to wonder if anything is as it appears.
The End is a brilliant conclusion to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The characters continue not only to shine as themselves, but also to grow as individuals in a bittersweet sort of way. The author also continues to surprise with unexpected plot twists and unusual literary devices. I feel that the plot for the series wraps up well it this volume–it’s conclusive and satisfying, while leaving enough loose ends, questions, and general lack of unicorns and rainbows to be true to the spirit of the series so far. On the whole, I would recommend the entire series, and The End in particular, to anyone who doesn’t mind a story that’s rather depressing and unsettling, yet surprisingly gripping and enjoyable for all that.