Escape Velocity

A curated Collection of Fantasy and Science Fiction Media

Using spooky vintage photographs, Ransom Riggs tells the story of a teenage boy, Jacob, who travels to a small island off the coast of Wales to learn about his grandfather’s childhood. Here, he finds the ruins of an orphanage, Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children. Who were the children who lived in the home? What was so peculiar about them? And why were they hidden away on the island?

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This book series has a wonderful premise and especially the first half of the first book truly delivers. However, as with any mystery book, eventually some of the mystery is gone. Riggs still manages to tell a compelling story with interesting characters and a setting that is pretty haunting, but it doesn’t quite live up to the eerie cover.

I still thoroughly enjoyed these books and would recommend them to both young and older readers. It’s not typical fantasy but blends elements of (mild) horror and urban fantasy in a way that works rather well.

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