So my reading has been a bit slow lately, but that’s mainly because I have other projects I am working on (such as a super cool awesome short film that I am currently editing). There is a book that I finished reading a while ago that I have not discussed yet, so I thought now would be the perfect opportunity, considering the fact that the film based on this novel will come out next month. I am talking about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. It’s the first book of a trilogy and as I mentioned, it will be released in theatres next month, directed by Tim Burton. I am very excited for that because it feels like ages since Tim Burton has released a film.
The book is about Jacob, a very ordinary boy who lives a very ordinary life. One day his grandfather calls him, asking where the weapons are because the monsters are coming. Jacob does not take his grandfather seriously, as his grandfather used to tell him a lot of stories about the kids he grew up with in a paradise far away. All made-up stories, as far as Jacob is concerned. It isn’t until he checks up on his grandfather and finds him nearly dead in the woods, that he realises there may have been some truth to his stories. As per his grandfather’s final instructions, he travels to Wales with his father, where he gets involved into the world of the Peculiars and all the dangers that await them on the island.
Once I got into this book, I really enjoyed it. In the beginning, I had trouble emerging myself into the world because the writing style was beautiful but not that captivating for me. I also took quite a while before the real action happened, or at least that’s what it felt like for me. So I had to struggle through the first half of the book but once I got through that, I couldn’t put it down. The book’s an interesting take on the “superhuman” genre and not nearly as predictable as most other YA novels. It is a cleverly constructed story, haunting and fascinating at the same time.
One of the most unique aspects of this novel has to be the fact that it uses old creepy photographs to enhance the narrative of the story. One of the things that kept me busy most of the time is just looking at these weird pictures and trying to discover new details. Some of these photos are very creepy and others are fascinating in their strangeness. It really adds to the experience of getting lost in the story because you can actually imagine these characters being real and actually having existed at some time in the past.
If you enjoy stories with elements of magical realism, then this is definitely a book for you. Perhaps you will instantly fall in love with it or maybe you will need more time like me, but it is definitely worth the read!
And now let’s see if the film can match the novel in brilliance!