Author: Ransom Riggs.
Published: June 4th 2013 by Quirk Books.
Sort: Part #1. Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children.
Source: I received a finished copy for review purpose from the publisher.
A 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.
The first thing we find out is that Jacob’s grandfather used to tell him stories about his life in an orphanage during the war. He would show Jacob pictures from his old friends alongside tales about monsters and special powers. The last few years, Jacob figured out these were nothing more than fantasies - but then something shocking happens and he sees a glimpse of one of the monsters his grandfather used to describe to him. His parent’s are afraid Jacob can’t deal with the situation and they send him to therapy. It’s then that Jacob decides he wants to see the island to solve the mysterious words from his grandfather.
I loved the mystery. I had no idea what was going on and if Jacob truly saw the monster or if his imagination was playing with him. The big question was solved about halfway into the book and I wasn’t let down by the answer. There were enough other things to make it interesting after that. I don’t want to give anything away, so this is pretty much everything I can say about it. Going in with as little information as possible really made this book work for me.
The setting was great. An island with an abandoned orphanage on it? Yes please! Ransom had a fantastic way of incorporating those pictures in the story to make the picture complete. When his grandfather would show him a picture of a girl, we would find that specific photograph on the next page. It made the story very interactive and it gave a haunting atmosphere.
The ending left me wanting more. It’s not a bad cliff-hanger though. A lot of problems are solved, but you’ll be exited for the sequel! I can't wait.