Well, this post is certainly long overdue as I’ve already finished the book some weeks ago – a very enjoyable read that you’ll get through in no time but thankfully there are already published sequels to feed the curiosity this peculiar book gives. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a horror fiction/fantasy work by the american author, Ransom Riggs and was originally published back in 2011.
I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible but you should know that if you haven’t read the book yet then it’s better to go somewhere else, it’s for your own good XP then again, I’m no one to tell you what to do or not.
“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photos. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sends 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.”
We can split this story in two parts, the first one taking place in America where we’re introduced to our protagonist Jacob Portman, a young man who grew up being told amazing stories from his grandpa (Abe Portman) about his childhood in the most extraordinary foster house during WWII, amongst very special children whose pictures always awed Jacob and the dangers and monsters he later faced when he left them. Jacob wanted nothing more than to live such wonderful adventures and not the normal life he had, looking up to his grandpa has some sort of hero but as he grew up, like most of us do, he stopped believing in those fantasy tales and stopped caring about them altogether, carrying on being your typical bored teen (apart from being from a very wealthy family that is). That changed when one day Abe Portman was horribly murdered and Jacob, who arrived on the scene only to witness his gramps mysterious last words, caught a glimpse of a monstrous being right out of those “fairy tales” – all of this experiment sent Jacob into a severe mental breakdown. Afraid of what may lurk in the shadows and starting to believe his grandfather’s words, he convinces his parents that the only way he can overcome everything is to go to Abe’s foster home and confirm every possibility and so we come to the second part of the story that takes place in Cairnholm, an isolated and misty island in Wales where Jacob will finally understand if his grandfather was telling the truth or not.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (damn, what a mouthful XP) is a story in which the pace, narrative and build-up are very well craft while the set of an isolated island is perfect for the horror/fantasy setting while still being anchored down into our real world and historic events. The vintage photos that illustrate the book (all of them taken from personal and real collections) are a very nice touch that give some extra life into the story.
I think it deserves a 7.5/10 and now all I want to do is to get my hands on the sequels and see what tim burton has done with it all XD