As always, my review will contain spoilers and will begin after the synopsis.
I have decided to post this review now in anticipation for the movie based off this book that came out today. I have been a fan of this trilogy for years and am proud of Ransom Riggs for getting all these wonderful opportunities for his amazing novel. ON another note don’t expect the movie to be all that close to the novel, vice versa. The movie, while based off the first novel is not a complete adaptation as the storyline has been tampered with a lot. A prime example of this is the fact that Olive and Emma’s peculiarities have been swapped in the movie. Anyways, here’s the synopsis:
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.
For me this novel was absolute love at first sight. I am quite guilty in the whole ‘judging a book on it’s cover department’ and as an artist admired how Riggs upcycled old photographs he had found from all over and created a totally unique story from them.
The book itself was just as creatively written. Opening on Jacob Portman, who has come to ignore his grandfather’s tales of peculiar people which have been told to him ever since he was young. But when his grandfather is killed by a monster Jacob begins to look for answers, only to uncover more questions that lead him to a small island off the coast of Wales. I must say when we had begun to meet all the different peculiar children I wondered if there were to many characters being introduced all at once.
This was one of those books I took as little breaks as possible while reading and one of the few I did not accidentally speed read through. There was next to none dull moments and it was detailed too much or too little.
On the downside, I wished the main character was a little bit more relatable and throughout the trilogy as his peculiarit(ies) are further looked into and discovered, I felt as if I could connect with him less and less. This doesn’t have to necessarily be a bad thing and to some people it isn’t. But for me that’s always a factor, as if I understand and can connect to the main character I become not only more invested in the plot, but understand the it better.
Overall this book was an amazing read and it deserves all the attention it’s been getting lately.
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