The second story in the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series continues the beautifully, fantastic tale by Ransom Riggs. The story picks up with Jacob, our modern-day hero who has just discovered his own special peculiarity (being able to sense and see the otherwise invisible, child-eating monsters known as hollows), and the peculiar children of the 1940’s loop running for their lives. The wights (humans who wish to capture all of the peculiars) and hollows are chasing after them in an effort to destroy Peculiardom. Somewhere along the way, Miss Peregrine is rescued from the wights in bird from and is unable to transform back.
The group manage to row to the safety of the Welsh mainland where they not only have war continuing to rage on, but also run into a band of seemingly vicious gypsies and shortly thereafter, a terrifying crew of wights. Despite the setbacks, Jacob, Emma, and everyone else manage to find another loop; this one inhabited by peculiar animals. It is in this loop that they meet the peculiar animals mourning the loss of their Miss Wren. She has left to try to find the rest of ymbrynes in London. Jacob and Co. leave the loop with a new destination in mind and though they find Miss Wren, they find a great deal more and tragically end the book by being captured by the wights.
My synopsis is far too brief and I fear does little to persuade someone to read this adventurous series. Ransom Riggs is quite simply one of the best authors I’ve read this year and weaves an amusing and gripping story around a collection of antique photographs he has collected over the years. Like many of the books I read, I read parts of it and listened to parts of it. Jesse Bernstein does a great job reading the story and giving each character depth, but the pictures Riggs include add something else too. You really can’t go wrong with this book so long as you read it.