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.
This book was recommended to me way back when, but it wasn’t until I realized the movie is coming out soon that I realized I needed to get on it and read this book.
This book definitely went fast. I really liked the unique style though I found the pictures, for the most part, to be quite creepy. The story was interesting, unique, and engaging. The island, the house, and the children were all very vividly drawn. All of the plot twists were clever and I didn’t see them coming at all.
I enjoyed how the book took real events (World War II, The Tunguska Event) and wove them into this very creative story. I can see why this author is so highly recommended, particularly among fans of John Green. It has the right mix of cleverness, details, and engaging writing.
I have the second book in the series, Hollow City, and I’m looking forward to reading that.
The trailer for the upcoming movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: