“When someone won’t let you in, eventually you stop knocking.”
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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.
If anything this book certainly was peculiar. I was hesitant about the whole concept of photographs also being included, but I found that they actually helped build the world and characters very well; it was clear that this book was built around the photographs.
The main character, Jacob, was a character who one the whole was quite boring. Despite all of the unusual events happening around him he didn’t seemed surprised at all which was unexpected as when most people find themselves in the middle of World War II I would hope they would be shocked.
Despite this the Peculiar children were probably my favourite parts of the book. The varying powers and personalities of the children were extremely amusing and enjoyable. Ransom Riggs found a way to take powers that can be found in a lot of fictional world but twist them into his own creations; I mean I’ve heard of resurrection but not in the way it’s portrayed in this book.
Overall, I found this book a read which was an extremely convenient way to help me settle down after a day of moving boxes around my new house!