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Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The thirteenth and final installment in the groundbreaking series will answer readers' most burning questions: Will Count Olaf prevail? Will the Baudelaires survive? Will the series end happily? If there's nothing out there, what was that noise?
Then again, why trouble yourself with unfortunate resolutions? Avoid the thirteenth and final book of Lemony Snicket's international bestselling series and you'll never have to know what happens.
About The Author
To the uninitiated, his name may sound more like dessert than good reading; but Lemony Snicket (known to communicate through emissary Daniel Handler, shown here) is a star author to readers who are hooked on his gloomy A Series of Unfortunate Events books. You never know what will happen to those poor Baudelaire orphans next -- only that whatever it is, it's going to be a head-shaking shame.
The New York Times - Henry Alford
The End may not reach the comic highs of, say, The Austere Academy (wherein the infant Sunny, unable to form sentences, was forced to work as an administrative assistant). But it's more suspenseful than the other books, largely because we want to know if the vile Olaf will finally get his comeuppance, and whether there is any more information about the Baudelaires' parents.
In the unlucky series conclusion of an unlucky number of books, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny escape the fire from Hotel Denouement which occurred in the previous book, only to sail in the middle of the ocean with none other than the stomach-churning Count Olaf. They land on an island where the inhabitants refuse to rename their home "Olaf-Land," much to the villain's consternation, and meet a polite yet to-the-point young girl named Friday. Count Olaf is soon banished to the coastal shelf for unkindness, and the orphans are clued in about customs of the island and later on about its secrets. Ishmael, the facilitator, often says to the inhabitants, "I will not force you," but peer pressure wins out and simple living prevails-meaning that anything that washes up onto the shores is carried to the arboretum by a flock of sheep, rather than being used by those living on the island. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny discover pieces to stories about their family of which they were unaware and find out that their identities are known by Ishmael. Count Olaf meets his peaceful end by inhaling the spores of the Medusoid Mycelium but not before kissing Kit Snicket. Readers will not be sufficiently happy because of the sad ending, yet they should expect as much if they have been with the orphans through all of their misfortunes. The unexpected also comes in the form of a baby clutching a boat named Beatrice. The End.
The much-anticipated finale to the adventures of the Baudelaire orphans is finally here. After a violent sea voyage with the villainous Count Olaf, the three children find their way to an island with somewhat unusual occupants. Refreshingly, the island inhabitants seem immune to Count Olaf's ordinarily effective and ridiculous scams and lies. However, this being a Snicket book, nothing is ever straightforward. The original humor is still here, as well as numerous jokes for the more well-read reader (such two of the island inhabitants being named Friday and Ishmael), but the situation is much darker and more philosophical. As far as a conclusion for the series, this leaves far too many questions unanswered, including the fates of many characters. While Snicket undoubtedly did this as a reflection on life and how nothing is ever tied up in a neat little bow, it is very frustrating for those who followed the series for thirteen books, expecting answers. Still, there are some gratifying events and the end, however unsatisfactory, does seem fitting for the series.
Series: Series of Unfortunate Events
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: October 2006
Dimensions (cm): 18.5 x 13.5 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.394