Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows the story of Jacob who, after finding his grandfather dead, travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales. Here he finds the deserted building of Miss Peregrine and discovers that the stories his grandfather used to tell him about the peculiar children that lived there, were in fact true. In a chance encounter, Jacob finds himself in 1940 and facing the peculiars he thought were dead, and their shocking special abilities. After delving into the world of the peculiar, Jacob must face many dangers that threaten his safety and the safety of his new found friends.
I absolutely loved this book! It held so many invigorating and gripping moments and the incorporation of photographs made it much more interesting and real, that you couldn’t help but go through the journey with Jacob. I think the photographs made this novel unique and more interesting, as it was as if they were taken for the novel, yet they were taken with no connection to each other, making Riggs an amazing writer to be able to form a story for them. The photographs made this novel more memorable and made the story amazingly strange and individualistic.
Admittedly, I watched the film adaptation before reading the book and so I knew the outcome, which ruined some of the anticipation for me. But the film was quite different to the novel and so many things that occurred in the film occurred differently in the book, making some of it surprising. Riggs writing is easy to read and flows easily through each chapter. Despite being considered a Young Adult novel it can be enjoyable for everyone and seems to have a sophisticated tone. The novel addresses the problem of being different in a society that makes it difficult, and embraces people’s peculiarities and celebrates them. Every person is different and has a right to express these differences without being judged and shunned. It coneys more of a modernistic and diverse outlook on society and the individuals within it, telling them that being different is a good thing. This makes his characters much more relatable and inspiring to readers. I definitely recommend this to fantasy lovers and can’t wait to delve deeper into the world of the pecualiars.
No. of pages – 368
Publication date – 7th June, 2011
Rating – 4.5/5 stars
Genre – Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Quote – “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.”