Well hello, R.I.P. VIII read number three! Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a GREAT choice, you guys.
Jacob grows up listening to his grandfather’s story of how he grew up on a special island in a home for children, and shares tales of the interesting children that lived there. Jacob dismisses this all as hokum as he grows older, but when a horrible tragedy occurs and shakes up Jacob’s teenage world, he’s set on a journey to find his grandfather’s island and get some answers. His life, and sanity, may depend on it.
What’s really special about this book is the photographs – all really creepy, like the one on the cover. These are photos that the author borrowed from people who apparently collect strange old photos, and he basically built a story around these pictures, and it’s brilliant. It is disturbing, and mysterious, and captivating. Jacob is a generally likable 16-year old kid, and I usually don’t really like teenage characters. There are really interesting, unique secondary characters. The plot is engaging, and the dilemmas pull on your heartstrings just a teeny bit. Tim Burton would do wonderful things if he were to put this into movie form. He’d hardly have to change a thing – the tragic, unsettling features are already there.
I’m having trouble putting a label on this book… paranormal or fantasy, because of the elements involved? YA, because the protagonist is a teenager? But it’s not written like a YA book to me… General fiction, because it doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else? Anyone else have an opinion on this?
There’s going to be a sequel to this (out in January, according to Ransom Riggs’ website), and I’m looking forward to it. I hope it’s just as original as the first, and that there’s plenty of new creepy photographs spread throughout the book. It’s a shame it’s not coming out in the fall, because this was a perfect book for getting into the spooky Halloween spirit. And if you still haven’t read this by the time the next Dewey’s readathon rolls around in April, this was a great readathon pick. Pages just flew by. You might wanna keep that in mind.
Sarah Says: 4 stars