Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of the most creative young adult books to come out in recent years, and while I struggled through its sequel Hollow City, which I felt suffered heavily from “middle book syndrome,” Library of Souls was every bit the finale I was hoping for.
Like Hollow City, Library of Souls picks up right where the previous book leaves off. This time our narrator, Jacob, and his peculiar friends Emma and Addison (a talking dog) are trapped at an Underground station seconds away from being devoured by a Hollow, one of the monstrous, soul-devouring creatures visible only to Jacob. Using Jacob’s peculiar powers, the children and Addison escape and attempt to track down and save their friends. Exhausted and wounded, they end up in an even older Loop in the most dangerous neighborhood of old London– Devil’s Acre. Devil’s Acre is the lawless home of only the most seedy peculiars, most miserable humans, and the white-eyed, evil Wights. In Hollow City, Miss Peregrine’s children are pursued at every stage, but in Library of Souls the tables are turned. With the help of some questionable characters in Devil’s Acre, Emma and Jacob begin to formulate a rescue mission for their friends.
Library of Souls is packed with action and world-building. In this book the grand scope of “Peculiardom” comes into focus for the first time, and Ransom Riggs raises the stakes with every chapter. All of this builds to a truly spectacular and satisfying finale that had me reading until late in the night. The inevitable final battle between Jacob’s group and the Wights was not what I’d been expecting, and I was pleasantly surprised by this fact, but it was the aftermath of all this action that really interested me. In the last chapter of the book Riggs had me wondering, worried, frustrated, angry, and, most importantly, wishing for more. A great ending to a stellar series, I hope Library of Souls isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of this Peculiar world.