“Waiting is one of life’s hardships.”
— Lemony Snicket, The Reptile Room (Book 2)
A flair for disaster. That is what circulates in his veins. Lemony Snicket continues to deliver events of the most unfortunate kind with The Reptile Room. The story continues where the last book left off. Finding a new host for the Beaudelaire children didn’t take too much time, but will bring them into a whole new chapter of their life. Lemony Snicket doesn’t forget to warn readers of the potential terrors that this series will bring us and gives us the opportunity to relieve ourselves of such a terrible adventure right from the get go.
What the Beaudelaire’s are to find out with their new host is that a new creature is about to become quite predominant in their lives. Freaking snakes. While all sorts of snakes were illustrated with the brilliant touch of fantasy that Lemony Snicket is capable of, the most dangerous snake isn’t what one would expect. This one blends into its environment and lays waiting till it finds the right opportunity to jump on its preys. You know what I mean?
One of the new characters that were introduced in this event is our dear Uncle Monty. He undoubtedly seemed like a ray of light in the life of the Beaudelaires when you look at all the things that they have lived so far. However, anyone who reads this series probably knows that there is no such thing as everlasting happiness. Every moment, good or bad, has a beginning and an end. It only takes the evildoing of one individual to turn a whole day into complete poo. While this book was slightly more predictable and exploited a rather linear formula when it came down to the characters and their strengths or weaknesses, Lemony Snicket’s writing helped make this another great book. Even the moments where he took the time to define words seemed a bit more coherent in this book. I actually might have learned a word or two thanks to this!
I truly enjoyed Sunny’s contribution in this book. The things she utters are quite amazing and truly touched me right in the feels. Lemony Snicket event makes references to famous catchphrases through Sunny’s uttering. Brilliant stuff, I say. Other characters, however, did get on my nerves. Especially Klaus and his incessant need to say he knew what this or that word meant. Chill, boy. Your desire to show the world your smarts can take other forms, my friend!
The Reptile Room still however brings a much deadlier tone to the series. With villains and their bloodthirsty urges being brought to life thanks to Lemony Snicket’s writing, this book managed to capture a quite morbid vibe. One of the most memorable part of the book is the knife. The bloody knife. I truly felt disturbed by it and everything that was mentioned about its potential uses. I mean, the worse part is when there’s some rubbing action going on with it. The scene goes by quite fast, and that didn’t help in stopping me from using my imagination to recreate the scene. What a sadistic moment.
Sometimes I just can’t stop wondering how much smaller this world could get. I mean, it feels like there’s only 13 people in the Beaudelaires universe. Where’s everyone at while all these criminals are roaming the streets?
Reptiles are scary, but what the Beaudelaire’s lived through was so much more horrifying. While The Reptile Room promises no happy ending to the series, readers are slowly conditioned to understand that these children are only bound to see terrible things in their lives. But every sad and horrible moment comes with a refreshing moral, a bright life lesson. Lemony Snicket might not have any mercy for the Beaudelaire’s, but he knows that there’s always something to learn in adversity. Violet, Klaus and Sunny will always find a way to use their strengths to their adventure and come out strong from every obstacle to come. What’s their biggest strength, you wonder? Family. It’s by sticking together and working their magic that the biggest challenge will end up seeming like their easiest puzzle.
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