Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series written by Ransom Riggs began with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, continued with Hollow City, and finished with Library of Souls. If you haven’t read the first two books then stop right here (thank you very much) ♫ ♪
Like the other novels, this one also contains images which are authentic, vintage found photographs. On page 463 Riggs says that a handful have undergone digital processing, but are unaltered. Including the photos throughout the story provides the reader with a unique reading experience.
“As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.”
Library of Souls begins with Jacob, Emma, and Addison attempting to escape a Hollow in order to continue their search for the ymbrynes and their fellow peculiar children Horace, Bronwyn, Enoch, Hugh, Olive, and Millard. Jacob discovers he can speak the Hollow language – and with that, he can control the monsters.
“Him, I said, in a language not my own.”
Addison, a pompous, witty, funny, talking dog provides some much needed comic relief for the intense story. The three must hurry to find a loop, peculiar children who have been raised in a loop cannot stay in present for long, or time will catch up with them.
They finally find Sharon, a seven foot tall man, offering river tours, day trips and romantic sunset cruises since 1693. He brings them through a loop into Devil’s Acre, which is as horrible as it sounds. Here they find the fortress where their friends are being held captive by Caul, Miss Peregrine’s evil brother.
“It’s quite something to realize you mean less than nothing to your own brother.” p.203
Some have categorized this book and series as Middle Grade, but I would have to disagree. I don’t feel like this book is appropriate for a child under the age of 14-16 years old due to the implied sexual interest, and drug addiction aspects. It’s definitely more of a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
I have loved the Peculiar world – and would love to know even more, about their history, and their future. I wish this novel could have given me more about Mother Dust, the most amazing peculiar I’ve ever read about.
Jacob accomplishes quite the character arc – once a very careful, timid, planner, who doubted himself has now become a courageous, confident teenager not afraid to take risks.
I love Ransom Riggs writing style. Here is a favourite quote:
“I looked at Emma and she looked back, both of us trying to hide how vulnerable we felt. Trying to grow a sheath of steel around our hearts. For what we might see, might do. Might be done to us.” p.288
Library of Souls tackles dark themes such as jealousy, greed, drug addiction, violence, sibling rivalry – but also inspires us with friendship, courage, and redemption. The biggest theme – that we ALL experience – is TIME. Having enough time. Wasting time. Time catching up. Time chasing you. Time running out.
Now is the TIME for you to pick up this series and enter the peculiar world 😉