Define peculiar. Strange, special, absurd, maybe even dangerous. Well that is exactly what the children were in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. An abandoned orphanage may seem empty, deserted, and haunted. But it is just as alive as the day that it was filled with children. Journeying to a remote island off of the coast of England for family matters, sixteen-year-old Jacob finds himself engulfed within his discovery of the ruins of what used to be an orphanage for peculiars. Photographs, bedrooms, hallways; giving away to mystery and ancient secrets; Jacob’s discoveries more than just discoveries – they are secrets waiting to become unleashed, worlds waiting to be uncovered, and an adventure waiting to become reality.
Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a greatly crafted tale that oozes imagination as the plot and the characters had entwined to create a vibrant and thrilling voyage that took me along with it. The story had contained layers of elements of any typical adventure story: the discovery, dilemma, rescue, love, the hero. But Riggs had made these elements work perfectly in such intrigue and creativity. The use of combining both fact and fiction in the photographs featured in the center of the book had added to the creepy, peculiar affect of the story, and helped further bring out the originality of the book. The main character, Jacob had showcased much bravery, the same daring persona that had caused him to venture out and discover the ruins of the home. It was also interesting to see Emma, one of the Peculiars, and her personality change towards Jacob from hostile to caring. The character development in the story was interesting as various characters developed into stronger or more familiar characters, personality wise and presence wise. As much as there was adventure and action, emotion and heart was a prominent fraction as well. Sacrifice and the decisions of heart and mind were faced, which brought another enticing and captivating aspect to the novel. As different as the two novels may seem, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children can relate to Nicholas Spark’s At First Sight, as characters Jacob and Emma wanted to be with each other but both being from different worlds, sacrifice was the answer; just like Jeremy and Lexie both being from different places resulting in Jeremy giving up his own home to be with his love. Both Jacob and Jeremy hadn’t expected to find such a life changing discovery on their completely different-motived journey – Jacob and his adventure with the Peculiars, and Jeremy finding love. Overall, both books are thrust upon a venture of finding, sacrifice, and heart. Rigg’s novel will take you on a voyage; with scary beginnings and touching endings, and every step in between worthwhile.