“A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of peculiar photographs. It all awaits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and 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 decaying 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.
After watching and thoroughly enjoying the film, I thought it was about time that I read the book. Admittedly, it did take me a while to purchase these, but I am so glad I did. It is probably the first book I have thoroughly enjoyed since the days of Harry Potter.
As the blurb states, the story begins with Jacob, the protagonist, being tired of his normal life – a slightly abnormal life because he is rich, but otherwise a normal life. Unlike the film, we are told about his family and given an in depth look into his life. However, similarly to the film, we are given a shift in the plot, where Jacob recieves a call from his Grandfather. I do not want to say much more about his Grandfather, if you have not seen the film, it may give a bit away… But after his visit with his Grandfather, Jacobs life takes a very different turn, and this is where the adventure begins.
The book was quite different than what I expected. I loved having a few pictures within, as it helped me to engage further with the story, and give the characters depth. Congratulations to the various photographers who took these bizaree and fascinating photographs.
This book is far more enjoyable than the film, and still I found that to be very impressive. I cannot wait to read the second installment in the series!
CYA LATER ALLIGATORS!