“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
Fiction. — Note: spoiler alert in this summary.
This book felt a lot like Harry Potter; an alternate type of universe / place to live for kids with special abilities, and of course — good versus evil. Also the boy who is telling the story like so many of these types of books doesn’t realize what his power is until others tell him, but still it was a pretty good read. I enjoyed it up until the end.
The main story is a boy’s grandfather dies and this grandfather was trying to warn him and his family of bad things that would get him. They assumed he was an old man and ranting because he escaped the Nazis when he was younger, but when the boy goes to check on his grandfather, he finds him dead and sees a horrible monster in the forest. That is his power and that is when he realizes his grandfather was telling the truth. The rest of the story involves the boy going overseas to find a time loop where all these kids form his grandfather’s generation are still living in a sort of different time plane in this alternate loop from his own reality, but he can go and see them. He meets the kids with different abilities: invisibility, making fire, strength, etc., they try to convince him to stay, and at the end of the book the bad guys have captured some of the good guys, and it is up to our narrator and the rest of the kids to save everyone. In other words, it sets itself up for a series…which it is. I don’t plan on reading the other books, but I think a lot of younger people would like this series. I was getting kind of bored with the last scene that dragged out for quite awhile as they fought their first adversary. While I’m glad I read it, it’s mainly because I know now that I don’t need to read the rest. I am hoping the movies are good, though. Also, it is interesting to note that it seems the author based his stories around old photos he found after digging through thousands of old photos and not knowing the circumstances of the different photos he saw. What a bizarre idea for writing a book.