I swear that stack is bigger every time I go to read something off of it. Probably my own fault.
Also, as a warning to you new folks, you should know that I have zero problems with spoiling things and will probably spoil the hell out of this book for you. If you just want to know what it’s about, check out the review.
The latest volume continues in the tradition of being fantastic, even though the main party is split into sevreal small pieces and we get little updates on each of them. Max inexplicably continues to have leadership roles despite the fact that he is the worst choice. The girls do very little of note.
And then we get the plot lines I actually care about.
Jester is still alive! I was far more worried than I should be about it, but now they’ve introduced a medic for the first time, with the ability to reassemble toys and who gives us a bit more insight into the motivations of the Boogeyman. Really, with Jester being in the shape he is, he spends most of his time helping to exposit the motivations of the Boogeyman.
I am… mixed on the reasons for the Boogeyman. On the one hand, I see it and it makes sense. He wants to be like the Boy, a god in his realm and master of everything. The problem is he seems to much less terrifying and more childlike now. I’m just not sure about it yet.
The book has been great at making me really dislike Percy despite his plight being perfectly understandable. I know he’s doing this all motivated entirely by knowing that the boy is going to murder him at some point and he just doesn’t want to die. That doesn’t make me like his attempts at playing both sides any more,1 but it does make me understand him. And I really think that’s good enough.
As for the boy, I’ve gotten a little hesitant about his the last volume. He was bland and generic before and that hasn’t changed. What has changed is the introduction of a single idea that would give him the ability to be God in this world. There is a possibility now, sitting in the back of my mind, that dead characters can come back if the Boy wants them to. I am not a fan of the notion.
Still, the book is moving. This volume was a lot of developing ideas rather than the action, but it was still set at a good pace and, while I’m iffy on some of these ideas, I am still looking forward to the next volume. Overall it was good times.
- Though mostly the Boogeyman’s side, honestly. It’s just the Boy’s side when the guilt gets to him. [↩]