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.
Writing (world building, characters, style, etc.):
I’m a little conflicted when it comes to the style of this book. While I find the use of slightly-creepy vintage photographs unique and interesting, I feel like they had the opposite effect than what was intended. I imagine the pictures were used to make the book feel more realistic, to make the reader feel more emotionally attached to the characters because they were supposed to feel so real. You had pictures after all, you were reading these people’s story. However, I felt like the pictures didn’t allow me to imagine freely nor were they creepy enough. Most of the time, I found myself disappointed that my imagination and the actual pictures were so different. And as a result I couldn’t really immerse myself fully.
Furthermore, I didn’t like the protagonist all that much. The whole point of going through everything he went through was to find out more about his grandfather, however he never even asked. Every chance he had, he never got the point of actually asking about his grandfather, information was just given to him (conveniently until the end). Also some of his decisions made me think that he was a bit selfish and loveless towards his parents. He did redeem himself at the end, but no, not really.
I didn’t like that some of the characters were never mentioned again after their introduction. Also, with a few exceptions, they never really did anything with their powers. Yes, this isn’t a book about super heroes, but that’s what I was interested in reading about, what they could do and what they did with their powers.
Did I learn anything? Did it make me think?
There was one event in the book that doesn’t really make sense or is hard to imagine being possible due to the lack of explanation on some things. Maybe it’s explained in later books?
It was a good book. I don’t don’t know if I’ll continue the series, yet. I honestly think this is going to be one of those rare cases where I like the movie more than the book.
Have you read the book? What did you think? Did you like it? Who was your favorite character?