Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (trilogy), by Ransom Riggs

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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. (from Goodreads)

  • Hollow City

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. (from Goodreads)

  • Library of Souls

Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. (from Goodreads)

I read these three books one after the other. Each one of them begins exactly where the other finished, so it was like reading just one large book (the perks of reading a trilogy long after the rest of the world: I didn’t have to wait for a new book to be published)
It took me some time to get hooked on the story. I actually started with the first book last year, with the intention of reading it before the movie premiered. The first part before the manifestation and acknowledgment of peculiardom became super long and kinda boring, but after Jacob’s crossing through Miss Peregrine’s loop things turned a lot more interesting, so the next two books were read in a very short time.
It’s a nice adventure story; it often falls in some predictable and frequent tropes, but it’s ok. I think there is an excess of peculiar characters that are left underdeveloped through the rest of the trilogy, too much to handle, and barely count for anything in the end (or mysteriously vanished), like they were forced to the story just to show the weird picture they represent.

The movie works awful as an adaptation of the books, because just took some premises from the first and then did a whole WTF.
What’s up with Tim Burton and his terrible book adaptations, lately?

 

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