Friday, March 11, 2016
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
If you like: rats * Hollowgasts * strange loops
Library of Souls is the third book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. (Click to see my reviews of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City.) Separated from the other Peculiars, Jacob and Emma seek to keep themselves safe while also freeing all of their friends. On top of all the other dangers they face, they must make sure that Emma does not age forward as they mount their rescue mission. Throughout their journey they learn there is much more to the Peculiar mythology and history than either of them knew.
What I liked:
The infinite possibilities of new loops is one of the most intriguing parts of this series. Having been separated for so long by the danger of Wights and Hollowgasts, the Peculiars have evolved into varied sects, rather than a cohesive group. The decades and centuries that separate the loops allow them to vary widely. This allows the story to jump through many time periods and climates without the need for tedious travel explanations. The threads that tie together the Peculiar universe are interesting enough to engross the reader in this story and many imagined adventures.
[This paragraph contains spoilers.] One of the troublesome parts of the series is the relationship between Emma and Jacob. Not only does she pine for his grandfather, but she also cannot ever be a part of his normal life. Living of two ages creates and uncomfortable restriction on their happiness. Though interesting at times, it almost feels like the concept of aging forward is a regrettable part of the story. Though some might consider the resolution of this issue to a be a little too easy, I am happy with it. I really like the idea of all the Peculiars from the story vacationing through the world and becoming part of the modern world, rather than trapped in an anachronism.
If you like coming back to a better reality, read Library of Souls.
Riggs, Ransom. Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. Quirk Books, 2015. Kindle edition.