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The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  73,679 Ratings  ·  3,359 Reviews
The only thing more depressing than this lamentable series is the realization that it is ending. Like the vague pain of an untreated toothache, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events had come to be a familiar part of our daily existence. We had even grown to relish the discomforts of the Baudelaire orphans as they coped, often inadequately, with the devious machin ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-a-boooat
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Jul 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to k.wing by: The movie.
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Jun 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I understand that this book made a lot of people angry, by not explaining all the central mysteries, by not wrapping up, by introducing lots more information that the book doesn't resolve. But this is where we were heading: to the point where we know that we can't know everything, to the point where the villain is no longer two-dimensionally evil and our heroes accept that they have done terrible things.

It's still Lemony Snicket, so it's still funny and clever and everything you liked about the
Mark Lawrence
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
May 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Leah Craig
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Denney
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Después de tantísimo tiempo he podido terminar esta saga, y aunque me pone tristísimo que se haya acabado la historia de Violet, Klaus y Sunny; estoy mega feliz de ser libre.

Me ha cabreado un montón que no se hayan resuelto prácticamente ninguno de los misterios de la saga. Me han hecho creer todo este tiempo que iba a entenderlo todo para al final dejarme con un montón de incógnitas.

Sin embargo creo que esta saga es "disfrutar del viaje". En plan, que no importa el final de la saga y la concl
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Eric Skillman
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Daviau
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good end to the series, although I agree with others a lot of things were missed and unanswered!
Kate (GirlReading)
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
Oct 20, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tasha (faeriedrugs)
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Not completely satisfied with the ending but it did leave me mindblown! So glad I've finally finished this series.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono combattuta, davvero combattuta. Per alcuni versi le quattro stelline se le merita tutte, ma ci sono così tante domande in sospeso che un po' mi fa rabbia. Sapevo che il finale sarebbe stato amaro e un po' sono delusa e un po' soddisfatta. È stranissimo..
Steysha Kravits
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread the whole series and still lovin` it. Hope Netflix will do it justice. ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
I have finally reached The End of this series. Honestly… I’m just really happy to be done. I’ve kind of learned that I’m not the type of reader who enjoys a 10+ book series. That’s just a bit too long for me to stay in one world.

This series was definitely a journey. Even though a distinctive number of the books could be classified as filler, I enjoyed most of them. The series finally began to diverge from the exact same plot line for each book around number 8, so everyone who told me the last fe
Nour Sharif
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kindle, english
I feel like I want to cry after finishing this book, and this series. Indeed, this series, unknowingly, became a huge part in my life that I am finding it very hard to let go of.

I have read the reviews of people complaining that the story did not answer any questions. But I disagree. This book is perfect, and I hate to leave it behind. I don't want to become just another book I've read in the pile of the books I've read, because this series is spectacular. This book is the best in the series, t
I definitely would have preferred more answers. Like wtf was the sugar bowl? And, hello, romance that came out of left field.
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I've decided that books written "for children" are the only books capable of describing life in any basic way. Describing life as an adult is not only layered and complicated, but also carries it with it the tedious responses that person has learned to react to the world with over time. Things go terribly wrong all the time, but as an adult you've learned to eventually put up or shut up. Similarly, adult novels cover all the inbetweens and shades of grey of adult life, but rarely can talk with e ...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.” 472 likes
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