Author: Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1
Published by: Quirk Books on Jun. 4, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Book Rating: 7.5/10
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.
I have seen this book many times but it wasn’t until I recently saw it on a “Books Becoming Movies in 2016” list that I decided to give it a try.
I actually thought from the picture on the front cover of this book that it might be a horror story, but boy was I surprised.
This is actually a highly imaginative tale about those with extraordinary abilities. It takes place in the present, and the past during the height of WWII.
I have to say, there are elements of this story that remind me a little of such classics as The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and Harry Potter. Similar to those stories, the children, themselves, are the protectors and heroes against the monsters that hunt them, and they use portals for time travel between the present and the past to survive.
The writing is simple but effective. The plot is creative, suspenseful, and magical. It truly is a very unique story.
Keep in mind, there are two other novels in the series, Hollow City and Library of Souls, where the battles and adventures of these “peculiar children” continue.
Also, the movie for this first book is set to be released in theatres in September 2016.