Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #5)
What I drank prior: white wine. Started with pinot grigio then went to some other white that may have been a sauvignon blanc. Clearly I care.
The fifth installment in Seanan McGuire’s award-winning, bestselling Wayward Children series, Come Tumbling Down picks up the threads left dangling by Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones
When Jack left Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children she was carrying the body of her deliciously deranged sister–whom she had recently murdered in a fit of righteous justice–back to their home on the Moors.
But death in their adopted world isn’t always as permanent as it is here, and when Jack is herself carried back into the school, it becomes clear that something has happened to her. Something terrible. Something of which only the maddest of scientists could conceive. Something only her friends are equipped to help her overcome.
Eleanor West’s “No Quests” rule is about to be broken.
Drunk Overview: this book may have given me actual nightmares (please imagine jean ralphio saperstine from parks and rec singing it. That would make my happy). But the plot, Jack appears (in Jills body) back at school. Many of the students recohnize this is a PROBLEM. also its clear the adults are starting to lose control. But Jack, her lovely GF, and a bunch of the students go to help recover Jacks rightful body.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: i feel like this is Seanan Mcguire starting to get ready to finally write Kades story. This book was unexpected because I was kind of expecting more of Jillians story. But Mcguire has always focused more on people on the edge between pure gpod and pure evil than anyone firmly on either side of the spectrum.
Characters: oddly enough, for all that Jack is a main characte4, I felt this book wasny about her journey. Dont get me wrong, I love the growth she got in this book, but I feel like the lost important parts of this book were the parts where the other characters got to grow. Kade is slowly but surely moving towards taking over the school, and the way Cora is starting to learn more about a variety of worlds and her own prejudices, and the ways Christopher can be helpful. I just feel like theres a lot else here.
Plot: great. Like I said this book low key gave me mightmares. A world where people can be brought back from the dead more than once and even undeath isnt the end of certain goals. This book was a trip and a half. Not only is thete plenty of new worlf and lore to explore, more of the rules of the Moors are explained and I LOVE learning aboit the internal rules that run the various world we run into. So much fun!
Writing Style: seanan McGuire does a great job of leaving enoigh information in whats writt3n to help you come up with a picture that technically hasnt been put into words. Its great
World building: i so enjoyed the deepet look into the moors. There’s the “explanation” of how science works which is kind of beautidul with the way so many of these stories are written. So much of what is possible isnt because of logic bit because of belief. Learning more about the moors and the other areas (including the seas with their dark gods) makes it so clear that even the glimpses we get of worlds is limited and that there is so much more that could he explored.
What to pair it with: fuck if I know but its definitely a shot and its definitely smoking a little (a while ago a bunch of us went to a Harry Potter bar and got bubbling shots… no ide saw what it was, but that)
Rating: 5/5 Shots