‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Riggs’ debut novel is less than peculiar

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Derby Roan, Section and Copy Editor

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,’ the debut book of blogger-turned-novelist Ransom Riggs is hitting the big screen Sept. 30. Before watching the movie, it’s a good idea to take a look at the book that inspired it.
Sadly, this book was less than inspiring to read. This is the story of a group of children with strange abilities caught in a time loop and the boy who discovers their world. The writing style is very typical of young adult novels in the fact that it’s easy to read, sometimes too easy, spoon-feeding readers what they already understand. And, the book is overall pretty disconnected. While the creepy, vintage pictures make it easier to overlook the lack of connectedness throughout the novel, there’s no denying that it’s just not all there.
While the basis of the story is interesting, it’s not necessarily original. A group of young people with extraordinary powers, brought together to be kept safe from the outside world, waiting for the day they can use their powers for something good. That sounds cool, right? But, I think I’ve heard that story. Oh yeah, that’s the plot of X-Men.
‘Miss Peregrine’ was an easy read, and was pretty entertaining. I’d call it good if I wasn’t so picky. If you’re looking for a casual read that’s easy to pick up and put down, this is the book for you.

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