So This book was not originally part of my March TBR, but since I heard the movie was coming out I decided I really wanted to read it this month, and I can say that I was not at all disappointed. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs was cute, heartbreaking, terrifying, and all in all awesome. I read the entire book in just 3 short sittings, and had the hardest time just putting it down.
First things first! I absolutely LOVED the photograph aspect that the author used for the book. The antique photos really made the story come to life and brought to light what the author was envisioning as he wrote the story. Old photographs have always completely creeped me out too, so I feel that the parts of the story that were meant to be a little scary were really amplified when they were coupled with an old creepy photo. I also felt that this was a new concept (though I could be wrong), as I have never seen this done in a book before. The copy of the book that I have also includes an interview with the author at the end and he talks about the thousands of photos that he went through to find the ones he used in the book. Apparently people actually collect old photos like this (creepy!) and you can get them from flea markets or garage sales. The author stated that some of the photographs were from his own personal collection, while authors were used from other collectors. It’s sort of weird to think that the photographs in the book are real people from another time. After reading that part of the interview, it really made me stop and think. I went back through the book looking through all of the pictures and imagining what the scenario of the picture really was, vs what it is in the book’s story.
Photograph’s aside, I enjoyed the story itself. The idea that those that come across as a little different, or odd even, could be special. The book’s Peculiar Children are all special and different in their own way with their own special abilities. It can be superhuman strength, the ability to make plants grow rapidly with a thought, the ability to give life to something with the correct parts, etc. Instead of calling them weird or freaks, they are simply peculiar and have their own roles to play in their day-to-day lives. Some abilities are huge and very different, while others are minor, but each of them are awesome! I don’t want to give too much of the story away, for those of you that haven’t read the book yet!
I definitely recommend this book, and I plan to finish reading this series at some point. I’m really excited to see Tim Burton’s film adaptation of the book as well. I noticed a few minor differences in the movie trailer from the book (as is usual for Tim Burton) but the trailer still looked awesome. I also read a response from Ransom Riggs regarding the changes, and the author stated that he agrees with the changes and feels that they only bettered the story. I gave the book 4/5 stars.
- Who else has read the book?
- What were your thoughts? Did you like/love/hate it?
- Are you going to watch the movie?
I would love to know what everyone else is thinking! =)