Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Published June 7th. 2011 by Quirk.
Literary Awards: Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Young Adults (2014), The Kitschies Nominee for Golden Tentacle (Debut) (2011).
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. (Goodreads)
I finally read this book! Just in time it seems for the movie which will be released next month (Sept 30th). Before voraciously jumping back into reading I would run across this book while browsing Barnes & Noble. The cover was a standout amongst the other books and a quick flip through was a delight. For one reason or another I never purchased it, instead opting for another Patricia Cornwell novel. For a full 5 years this book eluded me. But now it is mine, all mine and I’m so glad it is.
Amongst a strange collection of photographs is the story of Jacob discovering that the stories his grandfather told him as a young boy may in fact be true. When Jacob discovers his grandfather’s body in the woods he has but just a few moments in which his grandfather rambles seemingly nonsensical clues about an island and a bird. Later when his aunt passes along a book containing yet more clues Jacob is determined to piece it all together. Jacob and his father set off for the remote island near Wales for different reasons. While Jacob’s father spends his days studying birds Jacob crosses the bog in search of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Children. What he finds is deserted and in shambles. Determined to get to the bottom of his grandfather’s dying words he keeps digging and what he finds is quite peculiar indeed.
The story weaves great characters and fantastical world building together so well. It hits all the right marks. Not everyone loves this book though. A quick glance at Goodreads and you’ll see there are two distinct camps. Those who adored it and those who did not. Fans of the series defend this book wholeheartedly. I am not here to defend my appreciation of this story however. 5 reasons why I really enjoyed it:
#1 Mysteries, clues.
#2 Creepy vintage photographs.
#3 Children with powers.
#4 Brillant writing/storytelling.
#5 Fast paced, super unique.
So, I’m moving on to Hollow City to continue where the story left off.
Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? What did you think? Yay or nay? Have you seen the movie trailer? What do you think?