Fantasy | Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

So my book club voted to read this and I have to say that I am quite disappointed. I got the audio book version for this and it was narrated by Jesse Bernstein. While reading about the book, it felt like this would definitely be something I would like if not love. The plot seemed excellent and there was a movie tie-in which led me to believe the book definitely has substance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so.

The book is categorized as Young Adult so I went into it knowing that it wouldn’t be overly complicated. I wasn’t expecting it either. Initially I thought this would be a mix of horror and supernatural but it was a let down on both fronts. I get that it was written for a younger audience but this book would disappoint even teenagers who have been exposed to any good comic books or any work of fiction where people have superpowers. And let’s be honest, there is no shortage of such books today.

Enough with the rant, on to the actual book.

The kids in our book have powers which are all too familiar now; there’s flamegirl, levitating girl, invisible boy, girl with mouth on the back of her head (wtf?) and so on. The biggest problem for me was the competency level of using powers in this book. Flame girl for example used her offensive power once in the entire book. When someone around her was being attacked or in danger, she was generally just scared and ready to get the hell out of there without burning anything down. Invisible boy on the other hand managed to get shot while in water. I mean, come on! I get that they are kids and not trained assassins but there has to be some level of competence somewhere. It’s a book about kids with powers, use them at least!

There was absolutely zero character development. Kids have powers and some history, that’s all you’ll get. I hope there’s more to it in the sequels but the first book needs to have something more than this. And then there’s Jacob who is happy to romance a girl who romanced his grandfather. Eww. Just, stop.

At any rate, my friends tell me that I probably did not experience the book in the best of ways because I heard it instead of reading a copy which includes a lot of real pictures. Even if I had read it, I am not sure I would have felt okay about the competency level, lack of character development and more. Any X-Men story arc is better than this book. X-Men kids is better than this. Maybe the movie is better this time.

I like to add memorable quotes from books but there was very little I could add here. There’s one that really stood out and is a great way to end this review.

“If you must fail,” he said grandly, “fail spectacularly!”Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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Avoid It

2.0/10

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