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I read this earlier this month — and I really quite enjoyed it. It was uniquely written, and the vintage black and white photos added a really nice touch. And on top of that? It had some really wonderful quotes. It also had a male protagonist; a nice difference from all the YA novels with a girl’s point of view. Highly recommended for a great read — for fans of time travel, too. Here are some of my favourites.
“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
“But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around–they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.”
“I thought about how my great-grandparents had starved to death. I thought about their wasted bodies being fed to incinerators because people they didn’t know hated them. I thought about how the children who lived in this house had been burned up and blown apart because a pilot who didn’t care pushed a button. I thought about how my grandfather’s family had been taken from him and how because of that my dad grew up feeling like he didn’t have a dad. And how I had acute stress and nightmares and was sitting alone in a falling down house and crying hot stupid tears all over my shirt. All because of a seventy year old hurt that had somehow been passed down to me like some poisonous heirloom.”
“Right at the flamingo orgy! Left at the multiethnic roof Santas! Straight past the pissing cherubs!”
“Everything in the world had already been discovered. I’d been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”
Have you read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.