Over the last five years we have followed the lives of Alex and Conner Bailey and their adventures in The Land of Stories series. The sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide has been published in the US today and will hit UK bookshelves on July 13, and there is no doubt that Chris Colfer has sent the series off with a bang and lots of love.
We will try and keep spoilers to a minimum, but if you haven’t finished reading The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide then you may want to come back when you have finished the book.
The first and last chapters of the book are one of the sweetest things but we won’t spoil it for anyone, just have your hankies at the ready.
When we left Alex and Conner at the end of The Land of Stories: The Author’s Odyssey, Alex had vanished at the hands of some unknown evil and New York was under attack from magic. Worlds Collide carries on where we left off and we discover that there is a bridge between the Fairy Tale world and the Otherworld under the New York City Public Library, and that Alex is under the control of witches and it is up to Conner, Red, Goldilocks and the gang to get there to try and save the day.
The Literary Army is still in control of The Land of Stories, Froggy is still trapped in the mirror and now not content with controlling their own world, the army led by Captain Hook, The Queen of Hearts, and The Wicked Witch of the West want to take over The Otherworld. Not only that, they also want to destroy the barrier between the two worlds and plan on using the New York Portal to do just that. In order to defeat The Literary Army and save Alex, Conner must get all the help he can and all of our favourite characters join forces to try and defeat The Literary Army and restore order to the worlds and have everyone live Happily Ever After.
Worlds Collide is possibly my favourite book in The Land of Stories series, because Colfer brings together so many amazing characters in one final battle, and he does it so well. I laughed, I cried and I was heartbroken when I finally got to the final page. Colfer writes with so much passion and emotion that you can’t help but get swept along. I was totally cheering for Conner et al to win against The Literary Army, The Witches and all the evil in the book, but the chapters where Froggy is still trapped in the mirror and meets his fellow prisoners were some of my favourites in the book. Colfer has a skill in giving us characters that we really shouldn’t be rooting for, for example the new character Medusa, and managing to make us realise that the choice between the good path and the bad path can be out of their control or come down to one snap decision. He also shows that everyone can change and deserves a second chance.
Colfer’s comic abilities are also in full force in the book, and as always Mother Goose is on fire but some of the best laugh out loud moments were courtesy of Red and her self-centred ways. The image of Red Riding Hood shopping up a storm in the Duty Free shop is not one that will leave me anytime soon. Colfer is also not afraid to drop in a few “in jokes”, one of which is in the items that Red buys in Duty Free, and boy did I laugh when I read it. As always Trollbella always raises a smile in her obsession over her Butterboy.
Colfer never rests on his laurels, and is never afraid to extend on the universe he has so lovingly created. I loved the inclusion of Alex and Conner’s mum in the adventure and she plays an interesting role throughout, especially in learning ways on how to defeat The Literary Army.
The fight scenes on and over the streets of New York were incredibly well written and so detailed that as I was reading it I could imagine it clearly. The use of Central Park was inspired and worked so well. No wonder Colfer said in a recent interview that Worlds Collide “would make a very expensive movie.”
There is no doubt that Worlds Collide is the end of Alex and Conner’s adventures, and we are shown what happens to Red, Goldilocks and everyone we have all grown to know and love over the last six books. It was the perfect ending, but as with everything, never say never thanks to a detail Colfer uses in the final few lines.
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is the perfect ending to the series and I can’t wait to start the series all over again now that it is complete. Although we have said goodbye for now, remember we have the movie adaptation of The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell look forward to.
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide is available in all good US and Canadian bookstores now. Chris Colfer has just embarked on a US tour details of which can be found on Colfer’s social media platforms. The book will be published in the UK on July 13.