>> Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers
The Short Version:
A collection of odd vintage images and long held secrets lead sixteen year old Jacob Portman on an adventure into his Grandfather’s past.
Why I Read It:
The video book trailer intrigued me which is surprising because I tend to avoid video book trailers but for some reason watched this one.
From the Author’s Website:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an 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 abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
I rarely pay any attention to video book trailers but for some reason I watched the one for this book and was immediately intrigued. Then it fell off my radar until it popped up in an Early Reviewers Batch at LibraryThing so I requested it. I really didn't know much about it going in other than it had something to do with the odd vintage photographs scattered throughout the story.
I have to say that I enjoyed it. It's a mix of fantasy, suspense and historical fiction.
Jacob as a narrator worked for me because he had the right balance of skepticism and 'OK, I'll go with the flow and figure it out later' attitude when things got strange. When he travels to Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather lived after leaving Germany the story gets really interesting.
It's so different from anything I could have guessed it to be about and so different from anything I've read that I can't really compare it to anything else.
I'm fascinated by the creativity of the author in creating and building this story around this collection of odd vintage photographs. I enjoyed it quite a bit and while I'll probably read the sequel I'll probably wait a while. I need to let this one settle a bit before venturing into Jacob's world again.