15 June 2020

The Conference of the Birds - Book Review

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #5) by Ransom Riggs
Publication date: January 14, 2020
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 3/5 stars ✰✰✰
Strengths: Characters
Weaknesses: Plot is fizzling - hope the next book (which will be the last one?) ties it up better

Although some of them may be a hundred years old and older, I love these kids! Their childlike characters paired with their unique peculiarities should make everyone want to help them and protect them, right? Well, everyone but those nasty old wights.

This book starts with Jacob finishing his rescue of Noor, who has never lived in a loop with other peculiars. I wish the beginning of the rescue (at the end of the previous book) was more fresh in my mind, but oh well. Miss Peregrine would advise we just push on, right?

Noor may be the key to an ancient prophesy, and one of the saviors of the peculiar world. As the kids try to find out more about Noor and the prophesy, they also have to deal with other disasters as they arrive. As soon as Miss Peregrine and the other ymbrynes leave for the Conference of the Birds (to hopefully avert war between the peculiar loops in America), there's a prison break in Devil's Acre, which has become the new loop home to many displaced peculiars.

There's a lot going on, and I was really hoping for a bit more closure. The characters are still engaging and entertaining, but the plot in this book seems to be going several ways at once. While I'm certainly waiting for the next book to see what will happen, I was a bit disappointed in this one and would only rate it 3 out of 5 stars. 

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