Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Library of Souls

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This final installment of the Peculiar Children series doesn't disappoint. Jacob Portman begins the story battling with a Hollowgast and discovers that there is more to his gift that being able to see them. In a moment of desperation, he learns that he can not only speak to the Hollow- but he can control it as well. This new power becomes his weapon as he and Emma embark on a journey to recover their kidnapped friends from the evil Caul. Their search for their Peculiar friends leads them to a slum called Devil's Acre, where all the nefarious Peculiars live. Devil's Acre is also the stronghold of the Wights. Jacob and Emma learn that there are plans in place for the Wights to find and conquer the mythical Library of Souls which would mean the end of balance and any chance of peace in Peculiardom. With new friends, new powers, and a newly discovered confidence, Jacob begins his most dangerous adventure yet. If the Wights cannot be stopped, every Peculiar soul is in danger of being stolen.

A thrilling conclusion to a uniquely imagined series. Ages 12+.

The Eleventh Plague

The Eleventh PlagueThe Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an impressive debut novel. What begins as a post apocalyptic account of survival becomes a snapshot of humanity in all its beauty and hideousness.

Stephen Quinn and his family survived an influenza pandemic which decimated humankind. They make a living by Salvaging things to trade. Stephen's abusive grandfather dies, leaving Stephen and his father to fend for themselves for the first time ever in their lives. It doesn't take long before Stephen's father is hurt and Stephen has to find sanctuary.

Through serendipitous circumstances, Stephen winds up in an actual town called "Settler's Landing." A town is a rarity in this post pandemic society and this town seems Utopic in its ability to work together and offer its residents a life very similar to how things were before the plague. Stephen wonders if he has finally found a place where he can belong and have a future. However, there are troubles in this town. There is greed and a struggle for power. There is danger from the outside world. There is selfishness. The peace that "Settler's Landing" has known is at risk and Stephen has a central role to play.

An engaging read for fans of dystopian fiction. Recommended for ages 12+.