- Page Count: 352
- Release Date: June 7, 2011
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
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 abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the 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.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
I think this is going to work super well as a movie! The trailer looks like they made the kids a bit younger, which should really help.
The story starts out with the Jacob’s grandfather being killed by monsters, so he follows some cryptic advice to a Welsh island and finds an old house with “peculiar” children (basically kids with freaky abilities) who live in a time loop. It’s always September 3, 1940. Jacob learns that his grandfather’s ability was being able to see the monsters hunting these kids… and so can he.
This book ended up being WAY different than I expected. I thought it would be kind of creepy or something based on all of the pictures in it, but the story actually reminded me of some chill version of X-men. There isn’t a ton of action and the story did drag towards the middle, but I’m holding off most judgement since it’s a trilogy. The author definitely set up a creative scenario here!
The strongest part of the story was definitely the writing. I absolutely loved the style — Jacob might have been a rather dull narrator, but he still had a clear voice! Even when the actual story wasn’t doing much, the writing was still solid.
I liked the first half of the story better since my favorite part was actually the description of Wales. I kind of lost interest in the second half, but am still really excited to see how they adapt this to a movie!