So, Catacomb is the final book in Madeleine Roux's Asylum trilogy. You see, Dan and his two best friends are off to New Orleans to hang with Jordan's Uncle Steve who's taking him in. Book doesn't say why he was kicked out of his house, but he's gay with crazy parents, he says, so yeah. They are going to have a little break before college and get all the craziness from the last two books out of their heads once and for all. But Dan saw a ghost right before he left at the end of Sanctum, and now things are messing with his head even more. Abby, Dan's best friend and crush, is also looking up a strange killer called Jimmy Orsini who has next to no history about him and the kids are also being followed by a strange figure on a motorcycle too fast to intercept.
Catacomb may be the least impactful of the Asylum series, but it's still easy to read on a grand scale and has an ending that's very different from the usual YA tropes. The second I get a chance, I'm going to read the prequel, Escape from Asylum. I never start a book knowing for sure I'm going to give it any particular grade but I'm sure that book's going to be boss! I already said this in my last two reviews, but these books are so easy to read that I would recommend them without hesitation to anyone who has trouble flipping pages, because the book is constructed with photographs and designs to make you not only have to find out what happens next but flip through ten pages in a snap.
This book also has a "light" feel to it. Dan, Abby and Jordan are one of the best trios since Harry, Ron and Hermoine, and I think they could've gone through seven books altogether. But the Asylum series this time has a more simple feel to it than the series that could fill half of a whole shelf, and I guess I'll take it. Catacomb centres more on Dan, with a feel of this being the last adventure, and there's nothing wrong with that. The creep factor was still slithering around, too.
There's still all the chaos. These books have each had mysteries with the trio running everywhere trying to stay a step ahead of whoever's playing them. Asylum had me so mad at whoever was playing me and these characters, it was hard for me not to scream. And I loved it. Sanctum was the same and I loved it just as much except for a situation where I felt the trio could've done more to help a character and feel more remorse afterward. Catacomb didn't quite make me want to scream, and the new setting after two books at the Brookline Institution took a little while to get used to, but it was all still entertaining as hell. The hunts across the town involving the mystery involve old files and newspapers, and just like the last two, the evidence presented is so slim, it feels like a lost treasure. And as someone who's in journalism class, I found all this quite inspirational.
This book's shining moment is when Dan is described as "nice but toxic". You'll have to read the book after the first two to get what that meant, but the words were meant to be effective and they did their job. And I won't spoil what happens romance-wise, but let's say it was refreshing to see a friendship vibe. I didn't go away feeling this was the next "Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children" series, but I'll definitely revisit it.