Hello Humans! A quick review today for a quick book.
Many of you will know I love Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, but have never been able to justify going back and buying the beautiful hardbacks for myself – I want to but my bank account never agrees! But with the release of Come Tumbling Down in February I decided it was time to treat myself and that moving forward I would nab copies for myself. After all – I’m much more likely to pick it up if it’s a novella…right?
Anyway, my copy arrived in the post and THAT SAME NIGHT I picked it up (you’re seeing a bit of a delay between reading and review writing…) and now I’m here to tell you my thoughts!
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.
But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
This is a very short book so I’ll try to keep this review similarly succinct!
Where most of the other books in this series have featured new characters as the ‘main’ characters this book goes back to the morally complicated duo of Jack and Jill, we first encounter them in Every Heart a Doorway, then they have the whole of Down among the Sticks and Bones exploring their backstory and now in Come Tumbling Down McGuire explores what happened to them after the events of the first book.
If you like Jack and Jill as characters (like may be a strong word…if you find them interesting?) I think this will be a great thing, I personally think they’re really fascinating and I was intrigued by what might have happened to them and the difficulties they faced after book one. However, I think there will be some less enamoured with the duo who may be…dissapointed to not have a new character. I’m not sure if this means we’ve seen pretty much everyone we’re going to meet in this series or if this was just the chance to explore these two a bit more – either way, something to keep in mind.
I personally love Jack so the chance to get more from her perspective was amazing. I won’t lie, this book made me shed a tear or two, and now I think I need to re-read this entire series to get more out of it! The plot comes second to the exploration of character that happens in these books. I love the way McGuire looks at identity and the idea of belonging – unafraid to embrace the ‘abnormal’ – who cares if Jack is a bit of a mad scientist – that’s what she loves!
Overall, I don’t think this is the strongest of books in this series, but I think that might continue to be a matter of personal preference. I still think it’s amazing but I’m not sure anything can beat Beneath the Sugar Sky for me just yet! You’ll just have to read the series and make up your own mind!
My rating:4/5 stars
I bought this book myself. All opinions are my own.
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What say you? Have you read any of this series? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!