The Miserable Mill by Lewis Snicket has the children heading to Paltryville where they hope to uncover more of their parents’ past. They arrive at the Lucky Smells Lumbermill where they meet “Sir”, the owner of the mill and his pushover partner “Charles”. They make a deal with Sir and agree to work at the Lumbermill until Violet comes of age.
“The deal is this: I will try to make sure that Count Olaf and his associates never go anywhere near you, and you will work in my lumbermill until you come of age and get all that money. Is that a fair deal?” -Sir
Life at the lumber mill is horrible. They’re given gum for lunch and paid in coupons, yet none of the workers. Klaus ends up getting his glasses destroyed and when he visits the optimists in town he comes back acting weird, and once again Count Olaf is back to is old schemes. The children recognize him at once in his disguise but like always, no one believes them.
The Miserable Mill repeats the same story line as the last previous books, which has gotten really boring and annoying. I would rate this 5/10, the events are predictable and no longer exciting.