Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
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. (Goodreads)
This book is so awesomely weird and different, I have no idea how to even describe it. But I’ll try.
Jacob has always been close to his grandfather, a WWII hero with incredible stories—not only about the war but about the amazing island where he claimed to find safe haven from the holocaust as a young man. He shows Jacob odd photos of peculiar children who he claimed could do outlandish things, and tells tales of how they fought off horrible monsters for survival.
And y’all that’s just the prologue.
When Jacob’s grandfather is violently murdered, Jacob sees one of these strange monsters and begins to wonder if these stories were more than just his grandfather’s fanciful imagination. His family convinces him to see a psychiatrist (be honest. You would to), but all the while Jacob is searching for clues to his grandfather’s past. Clues about the mysterious orphanage where he once lived with the strange children, all on a remote island guarded by a bird.
He journeys to find the answers—and he does find them, along with even more questions. At first it seems as if he may truly be crazy, but the reality is far more bizarre and far more dangerous than he ever anticipated.
There’s so much more, but if I tell too much it will ruin the suspense. So I’ll leave it there. Gah! It’s killing me!
This book is so hard to categorize. It is both magical and creepy. It’s odd and funny, and it’s completely engrossing. There are moments when I wanted to scream “Don’t go in there!” (because why, I ask, why does everyone in a suspenseful book or TV show just have to explore a dark basement? I can’t take the stress of it!). And there are wonderful, fun moments as well. Jacob is a fabulous protagonist, so strong and uncertain all at once; led by a deep love for his grandfather and a faith in his words, but also by a bold curiosity that I wish I had.
Even more intriguing, the author used an odd collection of photographs in this book. He was so creative in how he wove them into the actual story. It enriched the experience all the more and made it truly memorable.
Crush Intensity: 4.5/5 This was an awesome read, full of great characters (most whom I never mentioned) and creative ideas. Read it.
You have to watch the book trailer, which is also on the author’s site. It’s like a movie trailer! And it’s creepy.