Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

9460487A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, 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. (synopsis from Goodreads)

Rating: 7.5/10

This one was definitely a fun read. I found the story entertaining and the array of characters and their personalities was interesting. I also thought that the incorporation of old photos added an element of wonder to the book that it would not have otherwise had. It also made it seem more like these people could really exist than they would have without the photos. It gave it that added touch of reality that is hard to find or create in fantasy.

There were a couple of characters that I was hoping would get fleshed out a little more as the book went on, such as Emma. I found her to be a little dull. Nothing about her made me like her more or less than the other characters, which seems strange considering she is the second most important character next to Jacob. I also find their relationship by the end of the book a wee bit disturbing.

Jacob himself wasn’t all that exciting of a character. He’s mostly a loner but doesn’t necessarily struggle with that aspect of himself. He doesn’t really yearn for friends or care that he doesn’t have them. Nor does it seem that having emotionally distant parents bothers him. His parents push for him to eventually own the chain of stores that makes them wealthy doesn’t create in him enough of a rebellious tendency other than just sucking at the job he has at one of the stores. Overall, he’s kind of boring. But the adventure he has is exciting and once that starts, some of his adventurous nature comes out.

It takes a while for the book to really get going, but it’s intriguing enough to keep you reading. And once the action really starts, it’s hard to put down. Action and adventure occurs all the way to the conclusion of the book and leaves us wanting more. I’m looking forward to reading more about this strange group of peculiar children and how they will maneuver around in this strange new world they have forced into…even though I’m still a little weirded with the relationship between Emma and Jacob. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

 

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4 comments

  1. I had a blast reading this book when I first read it, and I realized later that, on a second read, it isn’t quite as good as I thought it was. My big problem with it is that there’s a real disconnect between its artsy, bizarre appearance and the actual way the story is told. At the end of the day, it’s just another addition to the many YA series we have nowadays. I didn’t feel like either the first or second book really offered anything different. But it’s still a great deal of fun to read for the first time.

  2. I agree with you here. I’ve noticed with a lot of young adult literature that they seem pretty awesome while you are reading it, but once you put some thought into it after the fact you start to see problems and holes. At least this is true with the ones that I have been reading lately.

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