Author: Ransom Riggs.
Published: 7th June, 2011.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children follows Jacob whose Grandfather’s strange past compels Jacob to go to Wales to where his Grandfather grew up as a refugee. The location is creeping along with the photos in which his grandfather entrusted him. The novel begins as a horror/ fantasy but eventually turns out to be a typical low fantasy/ action YA novel.
The story itself began well. The creepiness of the children and their home was really enjoyable to read. After Jacob figures out the reason behind the home it kind of becomes a bit boring. It turns into an X-men-esque story with the children showing their powers and trying to go up against an evil force that threatens them. Not to say it was bad, it’s just I’ve read a lot of stuff like it before. It’s at its best when the children are seen as creepy ghosts but becomes diluted when Jacob joins them and the story is just about them fighting a guy.
The writing is good, settings are good especially the WW2 setting. It kind of takes a while to understand why their in the house and in that eternal loop but you eventually get it.
The story then gets kind of good towards the end with the possibility of time-travel and the Interstellar-esque quest set up for the sequel.
It’s a perfectly good book with super-power children, slightly horror aspects with a touch of fantasy.