First off, you know that saying, Don’t judge a book by its cover. Well, sometimes I am completely guilty of that. I mean, come on, look at the cover. It entices you to pick it up, lures you to it. So I did. And I was not disappointed.
When I read the jacket before I purchased it, I was immediately intrigued. The author, Ransom Riggs, took beautiful yet unusual photographs and wove a coherent tale out of them.
The main character, Jacob, had always been enthralled with his grandpa’s adventure tales. His grandfather had lost his family, grown up in an orphanage, joined the army, and traveled the world over. His colorful tales made Jacob want to be just like him. When Jacob gets a little older, the tales just aren’t that believable anymore. But then his grandfather’s unusual murder and cryptic last words send Jacob to the small island his grandfather grew up on, to find anyone who could confirm the stories of gifted orphans with amazing powers.
The images Riggs used, he got from many collectors of “found” photography. People who’ve amassed collections of interesting old photographs. The images are fantastic. I hope this becomes a series and we get to see more. Also, quite an interesting hobby-found photography. The photos are amazing. I mean, today with photoshop and other various means, even the rank amateur can manipulate photos. But these were the real pros, using light and double exposure and other means to create a picture of a girl suspended in air (which is what the pic on the cover of the book is, she is levitating–that’s right, take another look. Did you realize her feet weren’t touching the ground?).
Wonderful photos, colorful tale. I hope there will be more to come. Definitely checking out Ransom Riggs’s other novels.