A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange, collection of curious photograph.
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.
I’ll admit that these books have caught my eyes multiple times over the past few years. For some reason, I never got around checking them out until I watched the movie last spring. I fear that my exposure to the movie greatly clouded my perception of this book, so it’s my hope that I will be more receptive to the next books in the series.
Overall, I really liked the premise of the book. I thought the author had an extremely interesting perspective and enjoyed the fact that he did something that was a little “peculiar” with the story line. The book’s story line impressed me so much, that I’m planning on reading this with my eleven-year-old son in the next month or so.
The beginning of the book started off a bit slow for my taste. I completely understand that there’s a need to build the baseline, but it almost made it to where I stopped reading. I do believe that having seen the movie also influenced my reaction at the beginning. Sometimes, knowing what to expect, makes it difficult to get into a book. Which is why I typically try to read the book before seeing the movie or show.
As a history buff, I really enjoyed how the author incorporated the historical aspect into his plot. If it weren’t for some of the language in the story, I feel this would be the kind of book I would incorporate in a literature class.
Sadly, I enjoyed the movie so much, I’m not sure that I can say that I prefer the book over the movie. However, I am excited to continue on with this series when I have a little more free time.