Continuing on, I have to say, I love more than just his name. I love his books! The Peculiar Children trilogy (well, I've only read the first two so far) is a delicious swirl of clever, intriguing, and involving, with a spoonful of suspense and a light dash of creepy. And the pictures!!! It's so cool how the author collected "peculiar" pictures and wove them seamlessly and brilliantly into the story. Can you say AWESOME? Go on, say it. Awesome.
Well, I don't wanna spoil too much (because I want you to read them yourself), but in the first book, our 16-year-old hero Jacob experiences a trauma he can't quite seem to shake, because he can't escape the feeling that the source of his trauma is still there, lurking.
And it is.
Due to REASONS, he and his father take a trip to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where Jacob discovers the crumbling, abandoned ruins of the Home. But somehow, someway, though the house had been violently destroyed a good 70 years ago, it's residents might still be....alive. And dangerous.
In the SECOND book, ten children and a bird flee from two separate wars, and experience more trauma and see more horrific sights than any child should ever have to see. And it's all downhill from there. But you just ROOT SO HARD for them!! And they repay that confidence by kicking BUTT! Until...well...it is the middle of a trilogy, the ending has to draw you into the third book. And it does! Oh, it does. I can't wait to read the third one!
Anyway, I really like these books. ^.^ And they were both New York Times bestsellers, so I'm not the only one. ;)
There's quite a few characters, but at first, it's just Jacob, and his boring parents. Then you meet all the others! And I have to say, Riggs does an amazing, amazing job of not only keeping all of the characters involved in the story and dialogue, but of giving each character a unique personality and unique skills. Everyone is useful, everyone is involved, and it's glorious.
Anyway, we have:
Jacob - our ever frightened, never cowardly hero.
Emma - our hero's spirited flame.
Millard - the scholarly nudist (he's only nude for convenience's sake).
Olive - adorable, but a light breeze could be the end of her.
Bronwyn - the biggest heart, and the widest shoulders.
Horace - a small medium in a large hat.
Enoch - plays with dead things.
Hugh - resident beekeeper.
Claire - the mouthy one.
Fiona - the gardener.
After you've finished reading the books, please come back here and review this character list. Just do it.
I love them!! The characters, the story, the descriptions, the pictures, the whole enchilada! Mmm...enchiladas....now I want tacos! Which are not the same thing; but then, I always want tacos.
5/5 hearts, would read again! Highly recommended.