Since the Tim Burton’s movie is a thing now, I though about writing about the book behind it, and honestly, it’s not that great.
It does look creepy, and cool. A good idea and a bunch of pictures between pages, but it’s far from good. I’m guessing the book was meant for little children, but I think those pictures would scare a little child.
The setting of the story reminds me of Charles’ Xavier Home for Gifted Youngsters (the X-men). You have some kids with special abilities, nobody likes them, so you put them all in a special home made just for them. Put some bad guys in the story, and there you go!
The main character is Jacob Portman, a 16 year-old boy from America. Since he was very young, his grandfather had told him stories about when he was young, and about the war. In the stories were these children with strange abilities. One of them was invisible, the other had super-human strength, other one could fly, and so on and so on. They were all settled in this orphanage, and one miss Peregrine was their ‘headmaster’.
Jacob, of course, thought that his grandfather is very good at telling stories, and that all of that was his imagination. But, after he is being killed, turns out everything was real.
So Jacob and his father go to the place where the orphanage is supposed to be, and this is where the fun starts.
Jacob finds the orphanage in ruins, so he loses all his hope about the stories being real. But soon he discovers an entrance that leads him to this ‘time loop’. A safe-place for his grandfather’s friend. And what’s more strange is that they haven’t aged a day.
If you want to know the rest, feel free to read the book, or watch the movie.
All in all, not the best book I have read, but also not the worst. I can surely say that this time I liked the movie better.