I was looking for a new book series to follow, and I ended up buying Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I had high hopes for the novel, especially because of the reviews placed on the first page of the book. Also, because of the photos used to illustrate some of the characters and situations.I honestly thought that it will be Twilight Zone meets Harry Potter. Sorry to disappoint, but it falls a bit short of what it promises.
Basically the book is about Jacob and his need to uncover his grandfather’s secret life after he passed away. Jacob thinks a monster kill his grandfather, but other people around him think that it is just a fragment of his imagination. It can stem from what happened when he was a child. As a child, his grandfather shared stories of a mysterious island where peculiar children with different abilities lived. An invisible boy, a girl who levitates, a girl who can produce fire, a boy who can awaken the dead, and so forth.
In the end Jacob discovers that he too is a peculiar child. He decides to stay in the mysterious island with the peculiar children to help them fight the hollowgasts and to help Miss Peregrine return to her human form.
High points for the novel is how Ransom Riggs combined text with creepy photographs. This is the first book I have read that made use of actual photos to help tell a story. The story also has a great potential to become creepier (if that is his original intention). When I read it, I cannot say that I didn’t like it but it felt as though he is trying to write a novel for kids but at the same time write a novel that will probably give somebody nightmares. I myself felt confused as to what the novel is trying to convey, but again the photos helped me finish reading the book.
With that being said, I am very much looking forward to reading the second part of the series. I have high hopes that it will be better than the first.