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The End

(A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  90,928 ratings  ·  4,527 reviews
The last volume of the fabulously popular A Series of Unfortunate Events series, in which the history of the Baudelaire orphans is brought to its end.

You are presumably looking at the back of this book, or the end of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you read the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the e
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published October 13th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Alexa (Your icon caught my eye because I'm also a Ravenclaw...)

I remember this to be a pretty good book, maybe not the best ending, but yes, those others yo…more
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I remember this to be a pretty good book, maybe not the best ending, but yes, those others you mentioned also have some answers. It's a little sad, but I think all the books are. (less)
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Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-a-boooat
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Jul 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
This book INFURIATED me! What a lazy author. Taking us down the garden path through 12 books and then ending the series without really completing the story. As a children's librarian, I no longer recommend this series to kids. I hate to see them as disappointed as I was at this really stupid final book. Shame on you, Mr. Snicket!! You took the chicken's way out. Next time, have an idea of where you expect the series to go before you start it. Truly shameful. ...more
Endings are truly the worst part of human existence.

This is saying a lot, because "human existence" is a category that contains things like "stepping in water when you have socks on" and "bad haircuts" and other excruciatingly painful experiences.

But endings are the worst ones of all. And endings of long, unique series of books that happen to be your very favorites are especially heinous. (Dun-dun.)

I know a lot of people hate this book, and thus I am currently living out my curse of having unpop
Mark Lawrence
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
May I steal the lyrics from the eponymous Door's song?

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again

The important thing to recognise here is that in a continued move to the meta that Patrick Rothfuss might admire (and even have studied) this is a story about stories.

In order that we not forget this fact/theme (a theme that, incidenta
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to k.wing by: The movie.
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The End is the final installment of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve read and reviewed each book, and I have to admit this was my least favorite of all. If you plan to read this series, it may be best for you to skip my book review.

At the end of the previous book, the Baudelaire orphans are leaving the burning Hotel Denouement along with Count Olaf, in a boat. They arrive on a strange island, home to an entire community of people, and they’re welcomed by a girl named Friday. Here they disco
May 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: you've already read the first 12, you can quit now
Oy, how annoying!

Twelve books! TWELVE books posing question after question and mystery after mystery with twists and intrigue and all that for what? Not answers, that's for damn sure.

This book didn't tie anything together. The sugar bowl. The poison darts. The Schism. All dismissed in some silly existentialist philosophical conclusion about unanswered questions and the Great Unknown. Not cool.

It was a little bit thought-provoking, I guess, but come on! If I wanted thought-provoking, I'd have rea
The End is a very strange book because although it serves as the Baudelaire orphans's beautiful swan song, it also makes you reflect on the on the state of the world and where your life fits within it. I don't mean in a existentialist way, such as "Who am I?", "What am I doing here?" or "Why is there a person disguised as a bush standing on my rug?", but rather in a way that The End wasn't about answering all the questions and mysteries set in the previous unfortunate events to take place in th ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All who need closure
Well. Snicket himself told me that no book can truly contain the end of a story, although it may describe the end of a person. I finished this book on October 13, 2007, exactly one year after it was released. It was not as funny or exciting as the last few books in the series, but it might be more allegorical than all the rest. It had heaps of literary allusions, only a few of which I managed to catch-- Robinson Crusoe, Moby Dick, the Bible... To sum it all up, the biggest "problem" with this ...more
Leah Craig
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
"...letting their tears run down their faces and into the sea, which some have said is nothing but a library of all tears in history."

The. End.

I have so many more questions than I have answers, but I think it's actually not going to drive me crazy. I love this series and it's vague, eerie, surreal tone. There's so much beautiful character development throughout the series that I didn't pick up as a child and I'm so, so glad I did this reread. The struggle with their moral compass is so real and
Ahmad Sharabiani
The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13), Lemony Snicket
The End is the thirteenth and final novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book was released on October 13, 2006. The book begins with the Baudelaire orphans and Count Olaf on a boat heading away from the Hotel Denouement (which is on fire). After a storm, the Baudelaires arrive and are welcomed on an island by a young girl named Friday. Count Olaf, however, is not welcomed due to his
I don’t even know what to say. After reading the last book I reevaluated all my ratings for this series because I realized I was a little harsh. I was planning on doing a full series review but now I don’t think I can. I only read this series because it was short and I needed to read it last year to catch up on my reading challenge but now I’ve realized I’m glad I read it. It’s very different and unique. Everything that happened was tragic and that’s what sets it apart. The series was a little r ...more
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, what?

What was the point of the previous twelve books? I understand the whole idea that it's a series of unfortunate events, so it can't really end happily, but the story just ended in the middle of nowhere with no answers to anything. The Quagmires? The sugarbowl? VFD? The whole thing just seems really pointless now.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“The end of THE END is the best place to begin THE END, because if you read THE END from the beginning of the beginning of THE END to the end of the end of THE END, you will arrive at the end.”

*Please note that this review (but not the rating) is intended as a conclusive overview of the whole series*

After reading thirteen books in a series, you can't help but feeling a little sad when you close the last one. Indeed, these novels were a fun read, and I am glad I decided to pick them up. Of cours
Eric Skillman
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: bibliophiles of all ages
Rather than review all the Series of Unfortunate Events books individually, I'll just say this here: I loved this whole series, it's blackly funny and engaging and filled with so many little tricks and gags that could only possibly work in print fiction (which is why the movie was such a disaster), that they remind you why you love reading in the first place.

For the record, around the third book I was worried that things were starting to get too formulaic and that I might be getting bored with t
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
NOTE: Spoiler alert! (Thanks to Tommy for letting me know)

Mediocre and disappointing. For the most part, The Series of Unfortunate Events provides a good set of light reading. Repetitive phrasing, stark imagery and clever descriptions of words gives them the definitive feel of children's books while the plots and dialogues are adequately entertaining for adults. Though the character development is certainly a little thin, the reader still finds themselves deeply attached to Sunny, Violet and Cla
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it

Not an end I would've preferred but I still very much enjoyed it. I like to think the Baudelaires are still out there somewhere, carrying on what their parents left behind and making life the best it could be. I'd love to read about what they are like as adults, I think that would be amazing. :) I did cry when I closed this book because I'm going to miss these characters greatly. I will need to purchase all 13 for my own shelves eventually because it has become one of my favorite series of all t
Jul 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who can handle disappointment
Shelves: 2009
Pa-THETIC! Absolutely pathetic. What a poor effort from the guy everybody absolutely loved!

I want to go back and read the series again to find more allusions I almost certainly wouldn't have picked up the first time around, but I can't be bothered to. Now, I would've if there had been any sort of plot resolution to keep me going through to the

Very bad, from a commercial point of view, as I'm certainly not going to buy the series now, am I?

I felt so cheated, not knowing the end. The feeling I g
Kate (GirlReading)
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.75* although I really enjoyed this, I'm definitely not entirely satisfied with the ending, I feel like I've finished it with more questions than I had she I started?! But I guess that very much suits this series, it's just a little (a lot) infuriating, I can't bare all this questions hanging over my head. :') I've really enjoyed reading this series, although I'm so happy to have finished it! I wish I had read it when I was younger, as I definitely think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had I ...more
Emily B
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this series this year because I was aware of them as a child but never read them. So in essence I was reading them for the younger version of myself.

I just wish there were some answers in this final book. I understand that not everyone needs everything to be answered and closed but I sort of do. As a result I was left with a lot of frustration when I finished reading.
Jack Parra
Jan 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Ashley Daviau
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a mixed bag of emotions after reading The End. I'm terribly sad that my reread of this series is over yet I'm so glad that I revisited them and got to relive a big part of my childhood. It's such a dark and depressing series and this last book was no different. But that's why I loved this series as a kid and continue to do so as an adult. Real life isn't always sunshine and butterflies and I love how these books reflect that. I think the only happy moment for me was the demise of a certain c ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And just like that I am finished another series! I am more than a little behind in my reviews this week, so thank goodness for Saturday morning coffee.

As the story begins, Violet, Klaus and Sunny are trapped in a boat with Count Olaf and soon find themselves on an island with interesting inhabitants. Lots of dramatic moments infused with punchy vocabulary and spontaneous laugh out loud moments kept me turning the pages. As I closed the last page of this volume, I felt very satisfied with the wa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
~4.5 stars~
I had no idea what to expect from the end of The End lol :P And honestly, I am still a little confused about some things...I still have so many questions xD But I did just finish this book so I still need to let some things sink in before I can say much about it because right now my brain is like...

xD xD

breana / milkyboos ♡
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2021
it hurt to say goodbye to three of my favorite fictional characters when i first finished this series nearly 1.5 decades ago, and boy does it still hurt now!

and because this is a children’s series i won’t write my true, unfiltered reaction to the ending and instead leave you with this: gosh fudging darn it
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoyed this book, but I'm just not sure if it wrapped up the series well enough for me.
I'll update this later when I'm finished grasping what I just read. ;)
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
A really good end to the series, although I agree with others a lot of things were missed and unanswered!
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
Man, what the hell just happened? I know I just finished this series, but it feels like there's more to say, like it ended mid-stream, and this was Book THIRTEEN! Did he not think he had enough time to finish? Was he so set on keeping it to 13 books with 13 chapters each that he stopped throwing out red herrings about what V.F.D. was and realized at the end of Twelve, "Crap, how do I solve this?" The fact that he has a "Chapter Fourteen" on this makes me think so (as well as the seperate "book" ...more
Mrs. Kristin
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A review of the whole series mate...what do I do with my time now?

This is a series I never read as a child (for reasons I really can't fathom) and decided to visit now as a 27 year old adult. I guess reading is reading and I can fully, fully admit that I would have no problem reading The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room a few more times (is this why people have kids?) Anywhoooo...this summer I randomly decided to check out the series at the library and became fixed on it. It is
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Not completely satisfied with the ending but it did leave me mindblown! So glad I've finally finished this series. ...more
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“The end of THE END is the best place to begin THE END, because if you read THE END from the beginning of the beginning of THE END to the end of the end of THE END, you will arrive at the end.” 504 likes
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