Trigger Warnings: Alcohol consumption; Blood; Dead bodies; Death of a grandfather (recounted); Gore; Gun violence; Knife violence; Recreational drug use; Smoking; Strangulation
The Desolations of Devil’s Acre is the breath-taking conclusion (😭) to Ransom Riggs’ #1 New York Times Bestselling Series: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
The world-building throughout The Desolations of Devil’s Acre, and throughout the rest of the series, is something that I thought was incredible and amazingly executed. To have created such a complex world, which functions based on such intricate details (to the point where even one minute detail faltering would have made the stories make very little sense) is something that I think is amazing about this series.
There is still something that completely baffles me in regard to the Peculiar world, which is not a criticism to Riggs’ work in any way, shape, or form. I feel like understanding the Peculiar world is a bit like learning a super-hard Physics concept, in the sense that you cannot see it happening in front of you, so it is naturally harder to understand. That being said though, I feel that this reflects me being a normal (unless I have a Peculiarity that is yet to be discovered. . . ), so I will never fully understand Peculiardom. I cannot even pinpoint what it is that confuses me – I try to understand one thing (for example the Peculiars reciprocating the phone call), then I have a million more questions about every little detail of what is happening, which confuses me beyond words! Just to reiterate one more time, this is not a criticism on Riggs’ work at all.
Just like the rest of the series (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Library of Souls, A Map of Days, and The Conference of the Birds), The Desolations of Devil’s Acre was accompanied by stunning vintage photographs. This really aided the horror elements of this book, as each picture became more terrifying the more I looked at it. I think it is incredible how Ransom Riggs has crafted a story that fits the photographs perfectly, and vice versa. The photographs makes The Desolations of Devil’s Acre very scary to read late at night, even though the thought of reading this series at night is so much more appealing than reading it during the day! Each picture sent shivers down my spine, as well as the narrative that accompanied it.
This book ended exactly how I wanted it to, which is a very rare occurrence! I clung tight to my ‘dream ending’, and I was so happy when it happened! This perfectly wrapped up the series, as well as every storyline, however small, that we have encountered throughout the series. I did especially like it how everything was neatly wrapped up, as Library of Souls still had unanswered questions at the end.
I really did not want The Desolations of Devil’s Acre to be the last book in this series, however, I can now understand why it is. If Riggs was to write another book in this series, I would definitely read it, but personally, I think that this is the end of this series, based on Ransom Riggs’ social media channels (😭😭😭). And even if this is the last that we hear of Miss Peregrine and her wards, I am so grateful for the adventures that I have metaphorically been on over the last four years with Peculiardom.
As I have said many times before, I really do love the characters of Miss Peregrine and her wards, and their relationships with one another. These friendships and relationships really are the heart of this story. I do love it how, even with the absence or addition of just one character, the whole group dynamics really change. This shows how close-knit they are (which is understandable, considering that they spent 70+ years together, reliving the same day!), which is integral to the care that they show for each other. Even the two unlikliest of friends (for example, Claire and Enoch) have their own moments where their friendship is explored, which I loved.
Whenever new characters were introduced, I always felt an instant familiarity with them. This was especially lovely, as I was not having to take time adjusting to new characters. The photographs really helped with this, as I could instantly see what each new character looked like. This really helped with me imagining the story in my head. I also loved it how The Desolations of Devil’s Acre struck the perfect balance of old and new characters, which allowed the story to remain true to its roots, whilst showing the progress that the Peculiars have made throughout the series.
The Desolations of Devil’s Acre’s plot was fast-paced and action-packed throughout. I had to concentrate at all times, otherwise I would have missed out on so many details. This was something that I particularly liked, as I felt like I was on the edge of my seat throughout, waiting for a sudden jumpscare and/or plot twist that I would never have seen coming. The plot truly was faultless, and I would not change a single detail about it.
Despite Ransom Riggs’ plots always being really complex, I can always fly straight through his books, due to all the suspense he creates, in addition to the love that I have for each character. Also, the pictures and chapter introduction pages make it super easy to sit down and whizz through 100+ pages in a relatively short space of time. This is why I think that I have finished this book so quickly – any other 505 page book would have taken me several weeks to read, but I devoured The Desolations of Devil’s Acre in just over a week.
Overall, I highly recommend this series to any fantasy and/or horror lovers, and I highly recommend that you read the whole series if you have already started it!
Have you read The Desolations of Devil’s Acre? Have you read any of the other books in this series? Have you watched the film and are wondering if you should give the books a try (of vice versa)? Let me know in the comments!
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