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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13)

By Lemony Snicket

Reviewed by Emily P., BCCHS student

This book revolves around the three Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf, who has wanted their money since day one. In book twelve they escape from a hotel and end up at sea.  They end up cast away on a coastal shelf. Where there is a village who welcomes them with open arms but they soon notice that the leader is very demanding. They try to figure out why and how all the islanders pay attention. The find out it has to do with the cordial he gives them. It is strong so it hypnotizes them. Once the island gets into danger, they try fixing it but the island leader just gives them cordial and they leave before the Baudelaire’s have a chance to save them. While they are trying to save the islanders their friend starts to go into labor and dies. They now have to raise her baby. They stay on the island another year and then decide to leave the island with only what they need.

All books have their good parts and their bad parts. “The End” by Lemony Snicket has them too. The bad points were the flashbacks. They confused you unless you read all the other twelve books. I wouldn’t recommend it unless you read them. Most of the flashbacks are from the book before. Like when they kill one of their friends. Unless you read book five you won’t know what importance that person has. 

The good points are how intense it is. It kept you reading. Like the author said, “Every time a question is answered another one is asked”, which is exactly what kept me reading. Every time you put a piece into the puzzle you would have to figure out where the other one went. It was a real page turner.

This 324 page book with its 13 page Epilogue is really good. But you have to read the first twelve books first. Because some of the characters they mention are from books before. And the most important part of the book revolves around an organization named the V.F.D. which is explained in one of the previous books. I would recommend this to anyone who can play catch up fast. Once you understand the language used you will understand the book. Most of the words in the book that are hard to understand the author defines for you. Over all this is a very good book. And has a lot of adventure and mystery.    

324 pages 13 page Epilogue
Author: Lemony Snicket
Book 13th of 13.

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