Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy novel written by Ransom Riggs and published in 2011. It is the first book in Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. It was an instant hit and all for the right reasons. The story revolves around Jacob who is sixteen years old.
At the start, the story is set in America. When Jacob was young he was fascinated by the stories and weird pictures of his grandfather used to tell and show him. Though as he grew up he started thinking that the stories of his grandfather were made up and pictures could easily be altered. But the sudden and suspicious death of his grandfather leaves him traumatized. He is so haunted by the last words of his grandfather he is compelled to go to a remote island in Wales to discover the ruins of Miss Peregrine's orphanage. But as he explores the bombed and dilapidated orphanage it becomes clear to him that the stories of the children his grandfather told him and the pictures his grandfather showed to him were not just fabrications but the question is what happened to those children?
The only thing I didn't like is that the book starts off at a slow pace. A great chunk of time is given to the inner confusions of Jacob which at some point seemed repetitive and unnecessary. As Jacob is the voice of the book a major portion of this novel revolves only around Jacob gives less or no spotlight to other otherwise interesting and amusing characters.
Things I liked about this book are that the idea is new and fresh and as the story unravels the plot becomes more interesting. After Jacob finds the war-torn orphanage the story picks up the pace. The writer is successful at making the readers as desperate for answers as Jacob. Through for me the main attractions of the book are the strange black and white photographs. The photographs not only back up the story but also give a unique spin to the book.
So if you want to read a fantasy book with the added bonus of some strange pictures, this is the book for you. Also, Happy World Book Day to you all! ❤
“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.”
~ Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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