Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve seen this book mentioned positively numerous places and finally picked it up from the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: mostly Cairnholm, Wales, in the present day and 1940

Summary: Jacob’s grandfather has always told stories about the orphanage he lived in during WWII – an idyllic place full of peculiar children. Jacob stopped believing the stories when he went to school. That changed again the night he saw a monster kill his grandfather when he was 15. The monster gave him nightmares and his parents put him in therapy to help. Jacob decided he needed to figure out what his grandfather’s last words meant and put the monsters to rest. The best way to do that was to visit the orphanage from his grandfather’s stories. Jacob and his father head off to Cairnholm, Wales. The orphanage was bombed during the war and is currently crumbling. However, Jacob follows a girl he sees at the orphanage and find himself in 1940. He’s found Miss Peregrine and her wards in a time loop in 1940. Slowly, he learns what the monster was that killed his grandfather (a hollowgast) and why. He also leans the hollowgasts are after the ymbrynes (who make the time loops) and are using their wards to trap the ymbrynes. Miss Peregrine and Miss Avocet (another ymbryne) are captured, but Jacob and the older children work to free them.

Final thoughts: This was a fine enough story, but perhaps a bit too much teenage angst for my taste. Jacob’s world is shaken when he finds out his grandfather’s stories are all true, and now he has to figure out what to do. Does he stay in the halcyon, static loop Miss Peregrine has created? Or does he stay with his family and possibly be hunted down by wights and eaten by a hollowgast? Too late – a wight (a hollowgast’s servant) has been watching him for years, and now has found Miss Peregrine’s loop.

The book sets up a larger arc. The hollowgasts were created in a big accident, and now they’re planning an even bigger experiment to get their eternal life, or just blow up the world. The story ends with the children and Jacob going off to find the base of the hollowgasts. I don’t think I’ll be going with them and finishing the series. I did love the inclusion of photos in the book that matched the photos Jacob talked about. However, the story just didn’t grab my attention enough.

Title comes from: The place Jacob’s grandfather lived during the war was run by Miss Peregrine and she ran a home for peculiar (in other words, gifted with special powers) children

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #13 for the year, and an M in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge

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