Down Among the Sticks and Bones (review here) was one of my favourites in the Wayward Children's series. I adored Jack and Jill's characters from the first book because they were such difficult characters to like in a way. Jill looks like she got spit out of a cupcake and Jack is very methodical and suave. I love that she always wears gloves, like a science-y Kaz Brekker.
When I read that Come Tumbling Down was a continuation of their story I was so excited. With very good reason.
In this book suddenly Jack reappears with Alexis at Eleanor West's school but she's in the body of Jill. She explains that Jill needed Jack's body due to the resolution of book one, Every Heart a Doorway (review here) which you really must read. Come Tumbling Down follows the group trying to get Jack into her own body and stop her sister from upsetting the balance of The Moors.
What I really love, and I love everything about these books, is how much is packed into such a short story but it never feels rushed or crowded. Each character has their own arc within each book and the plot always makes sense. From the beginning, there is a clear end goal and a quest that's embarked upon. It doesn't always turn out the way you expect and there are twists along the way.
I always comment upon how diverse this series is, there's every form of representation you could imagine but its never used as a plot device. The characters exist simply as they are and their sexuality, gender, race, disabilities are all mentioned in natural conversation. You fall in love with each of the children, who are now nearly eighteen in some cases and long to see the worlds they speak of. The complete love they have of their worlds translates clearly and you want them to get home.
I adore these books. They're whimsical, dark and I could read them over and over.
I'm hoping we get a book about Christopher and Mariposa one day.
Name: Come Tumbling Down
Author: Seanan McGuire
Have you read Come Tumbling Down?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,