TITLE: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children (#1)
WRITTEN BY: Ransom Riggs
PUBLISHED BY: Quirk Books
HOW I GOT IT: BookDepository
VERSION I READ: paperback
(PLOT BY GR) A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of 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 bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s 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.
REVIEW: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children” was such a weird and peculiar reading. In few chapters you’re gonna be dragged in an island where children are stuck in another time, in 1940 for being precise, in order to stay alive and protect themselves — the peculiar thing, except the fact that they got amazing powers and they’ve been abandoned from their parents, is that they look like 12 years old when in fact are 80s and more.
This story has been adapted for the big screen and it should be out by the end of the month. I think it will work great as a movie, especially from a director as Tim Burton: I actually can’t wait to watch it and I’m not a being fan of Tim Burton — but this will look great! I already know that. I hope I don’t have too many expectations.
The Ransom Rigg’s original tale starts with Jacob’s grandfather murdered by some monsters, Jacob can’t believe to his own eyes and he denies what he saw that day but the nightmares won’t make his life easier so he starts to see a therapist in order to not going crazy as his grandfather Abe; Abe always told Jacob these stories about monsters and children with special powers accompanied by some very disturbing pictures which Jacob always believed in until when he started to grown up and presumed all the stories were just delusions of an old man who have to faced war world two and ran from his original country. The stories remains fairytales until Jacob promised his almost-dead-grandfather to go look for Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children and find himself on an island where the time is stuck in 1940s and the people keep reliving the same day in a loop.
The story is really interesting and a bit slowly at the start, but I think it’s perfect in order to dragged the reader in the creepy tone of the book. What I really loved about it were the pictures on the book which are completely originals and comes from different authors of the time — the pictures are so creepy that are perfect for the setting atmosphere of “Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children”.
There isn’t a lot of action which is focalize in the last part of the story and there’s a bit of cliffhanger at the end in order to leave the reader with a little suspense before the sequel. I really enjoy the fluid writing, I really couldn’t stop reading the story which is entirely narrated from Jacob’s point of view.
““I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” ”
RECOMMEND THE BOOK: If you want a creepy reading in time for Halloween this is the book that you’re looking for. Surely it’s something different from all the stories out there, plus you can’t really watch a movie without reading its original book. You will miss too much.