By Abi Donoghue – Deputy News Editor
Fantasy: The faculty or activity of imaging impossible or improbable things.
Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children certainly delivers an abundance of the impossible or improbable, from the eerie photographs, to each individual peculiar child.
With a family history shrouded in mystery, Jacob is left feeling very much alone in his search to discover the meaning behind his grandfather’s last words. And the truth behind what he thought he saw the night he died. Under the blessing of his psychiatrist, Jacob travels to a dreary Island off the coast of Wales, where he explores Miss Peregrine’s bombed out school.
From the very beginning, Ransom Riggs draws you in with haunting images and tales from the protagonists Grandfather. Blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s not throughout, Riggs writes so believably, it’s hard to not fall into the world of the Peculiars.
In a society that so easily throws around mental health problems, Jacobs plight is particularly striking as he comes to realise the whole truth about who he is. We watch as he discovers that he is so much more than a traumatised teen, as he explores the depths of history in the bombed-out old school.
An exciting and refreshing plot twist alters the direction of what could have been a predictable story, dramatically in the last few chapters, making an exhilarating read, right up to the very last moments.
All in all, Miss Peregrine was a beautiful read, with twists and turns throughout; Ransom Riggs has an amazing talent of immersing you completely into the tale. Although nowhere near close to scary, it is extremely haunting nonetheless, the creepy photographs of children playing a big part in the spook-factor.
I found myself left questioning the ‘truths’ I have been taught about the world and anticipating Tim Burtons cinematic take on this intriguing and exciting book.