A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is as much a chilling tale about monsters and danger, as it is a magical story of a lonely boy meeting finding himself. I found myself going back and forth, trying to decide whether this book is for children, teenagers, or adults. The overall simplicity of the story narration seems lower grade, but the diction and photos make the story more mature. Even so, I really did enjoy this book.
I initially picked up this book when I saw all the crazy and provoking photos within the pages of the book. I was infatuated. I find it both fascinating and impressive that the author, Ransom Riggs had collected old photographs – which ended up being the inspiration for his story.
Like the photographs, the story line itself is really “different”. Though it is quite intriguing from the first page, action and mystery continue to build up until the climax of the story leaves you needing the second book. In a way, I wish that this book was more conclusive on its own. I feel like the book did end with many questions answered, but is almost like a very long prologue to the second book in the series, rather than its own complete story. With this being said, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it and loved the clash of cultures and characters from different times.
Time travel is usually an element of a book that either works or doesn’t. The way Riggs managed to create a world of time travel and different species of humans was very well written and developed. I felt like I had a firm grasp on the essence of the world he created and described – without long and tedious descriptions!
If you’re a fan of light fantasy, history, or anything “peculiar” I would suggest this book to you. There is time travel, monsters, different dimensions, and most importantly, peculiar children with abnormal abilities. Just be prepared that the second book in this series, Hollow City, is essential to read after this one!
Really though, the one word I would use to describe the story, characters, writing style, and photos is, PECULIAR.