Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Length: 352 Pages
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I was really interested in reading this book, and then when I saw they were making a movie out of it, I knew I needed to review it before it came out. First of all, supernatural stories have never been my thing. Candidly, they really freak me out, but this one had more of a fantasy vibe. That combined with knowing several people who absolutely loved it, I swallowed my fear and pressed on.
The story is focused on a boy named Jacob, who had a horrible tragedy fall on him. Everyone thinks his head is full of darkness, of evil, so they return him to the place it all started- a broken old house where is Grandpa used to live.
I thought the book was well written- the way words flowed and elements were expressed and explained were beautiful. I thought Jacob’s character was done very well, especially since he was such a unique person. I did not, however, like the darkness. He was so dark, and it kind of freaked me out. The setting was great, the other characters and their abilities (like invisible Millard!) were fun, but it just wasn’t my thing. I tried- and I can recognize that it was well written- but I just didn’t enjoy this one.
My biggest concern was the identity crisis the book found itself in. It had a lot foul language, but it was also pretty conservative in other areas. It’s almost like the author wasn’t sure what he wanted it to be.