Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out in July of 2011. So I’ve literally waited 4 years to get this book. Let me tell you why: every time I went to the book store I really only had money for one book, a sad, sad, position to be in I assure you. I would invariably pick up Miss Peregrine’s and some other book I wanted and then flip a coin and then sigh as I put Miss Peregrine’s back on the shelf.
Then recently I went hunting for the book again. I went to my local Barnes and Nobles, only to find they didn’t have it in stock. I stopped at the Quirk Books booth at BookCon, only to find they only had one there for display only.
Finally, I decided to just get the kindle edition. Which brings me to another point: I specifically did not want to get the kindle edition of this book.
I didn’t know much about the story, but I knew very well about the use of the vintage snapshots used through out the piece and I did not want them to be messed up by the digital edition. While reading my kindle editions I have learned, by comparison to my classmates and friends reading the same work, that the formatting is always different. An essay about love in one class left me feeling warm and fuzzy but my classmates felt that it sounded bitter and jaded, because my quotes weren’t off to the side, I had to experience them in line with the text, where as my classmates could choose to ignore them. A piece about pictures in which al of the pictures were footnoted was also a problem.
So–basically–I was worried about getting the kindle edition and having the intended effect taken away from me.
Let’s just say it wasn’t.
Now, the story of special children, in special places, with special powers has been done. Many times over–it has been done. So when a friend explained this book to me I sort of rolled my eyes. I mean really: why would I want to read another book like that?
BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME! THAT’S WHY!
I started it yesterday, I finished it today.
First let’s hit the pacing: wonderful. I never felt bored, I never felt like I was just having information vomited all over me, and I never felt like we spent too long or too short a time in one place. Considering some of the work I’ve been reading, pacing is very important to me.
Second, characterization: The whole Emma and Jacob thing is really weird and yet–for some reason–I don’t seem to care about it as much now that I’ve finished it. I mean at first, Jacob dating his grandfather’s ex-girlfriend was pretty weird an then I got to watch them bond and it was all okay to me. Which, now that I’m thinking about it is pretty weird…
I really enjoyed Jacob’s character. Unwilling to accept events as they are thrust at him he always looks for the third solution. It’s always nice to see a character who wants the best decision and not just the lesser of two evils. Jacob’s internal dialogue shows a legitimate struggle for many scenarios: what happens to his grandfather, his discovery of Peregrine’s letter, his exploration of the house, his feelings for Emma. They are all explored by Jacob and weighed for their benefits and consequences.
And the writing! Have I mentioned the awesome writing? It was all so cinematic that I could literally picture the cuts and pans in my mind’s eye!
Can not wait to read Hollow City and hopefully I’ll get to that before Library of Souls comes out.