Friday, 11 December 2015

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

My Review:
I thought the book started well enough...I liked Jacob's grandfather and his tales from his childhood about evil monsters and strange children. However that was as good as it gets.

Jacob is an idiot with little personality and nothing much to make you really care about him one way or the other. His father is a self obsessed man who is too busy being a failed author and bird watcher to care much about what his son does. Jacob wants to visit the island where his grandfather grew up as therapy to help him deal with the death of his grandfather at the hands of a monster. Jacob's lovely dad has no interest in helping him recover-he only agrees to go to Wales when he hears about rare birds on the island. Even after being told that the area near the children's home may be dangerous for Jacob to visit, he prefers to watch the birds instead of protecting his son. Nice.

The people on this island are the usual British steriotypes that appear in all the American written books. The men are eccentric drunken weirdos, the kids are all mean to the poor American hero boy, the weather of course is terrible, the accomodation is disgusting and not fit for Americans to stay in and the community is sub standard. Of course, us Brits are all weird morons with drinking problems unlike the perfect American visitors turning up their nose at everything. This attitude infuriates me in novels.

Add to this the fact that the book is slow, boring, uninteresting and filled with photos that add nothing to the story and I decided to find something better to do with my time.  

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