A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Brett Helquist, Harper Collins, New York, 2006.
I finished this series a few weeks back, but always have a hard time with finishing a series when I have enjoyed the characters so much. In this case the characters are the Baudelaire orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny; and also Count Olaf. These four go to the end of the book. Olaf releases the deadly spores of the Medusoid Mycelium, and refuses to take the antidote apple until it is too late. He succumbs. The orphans only discovered the antidote by reading the history their parents had written. The orphans try of also save Kit Snicket who is in labor. Again the deadly spores over come her, but not before they are able to help her deliver a healthy baby. In this way, the story marks the end of one adventure, and the beginning of another. The orphans are thrust into the parenting role rather quickly.
I have enjoyed the characters immensely, but was disappointed with so many questions still being left unanswered, particularly with regards to the Quagmire triplets. We find out the went to confront some strange beast, but that is the last we know of them.
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