“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. ..."- Ransom Riggs
Jacob is tired of his normal life, he works at his mums successful supermarket and only has one best friend -well only friend. He has always looked up to his grandfather and his courageous peculiar stories of the times he fought in war. However as Jacob got older he started to disbelieve these stories. However a very sudden plot twist occurs when Jacob receives a phone call from his grandfather. Jacob then goes to visit him and upon his arrival he finds him dead. After his grandfathers tragic death Jacob can’t seem to recover from the trauma and tries to put the pieces together- from his grandfathers last words and to the possible truth behind his fantasy stories, all while trying to demonstrate to his parents that he hasn’t gone mad.
Jacob decides to take a trip to a small island where he meets new friends, learns about his grandfather and learns new secrets.
How long will they be able to hide?
Will Jacob be able to save himself and his new world?
Will he make his grandfather proud?
At first I wasn’t too sure what to thing of this book or the genre for that matter- imaginary people, ghosts and all things creepy, though after having started the book it was gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat. From the weird and wonderful descriptions proven in the unique illustrations to the different plot twists. The reader was taken on a rollercoaster with Jacob experiencing the unthinkable through time-travel. Throughout this book I found myself really attached to all the characters and fascinated by their own peculiarities.
So overall I really liked this book! The imagery really helped compliment the book, particularly when it was a bit hard to properly imagine the character to the mark.
I recommend this book to all readers. No matter your preferred genre this book incorporates all- fantasy, horror and even some romance. If I was to suggest it to a specific age I would say 14years and above.
This book has been made into a movie, which I think is quite good- though make sure to read the book first as there are some differences!
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs AUD$ 19.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic