hugh and claire

Jacob is inexperienced, awkward, and clumsy in love… but he’ll go to whatever lengths he must to do the right thing.

Emma has had her heart broken once and has closed herself off from loving again… but she still feels, and deeply.

Millard is nerdy and meticulous to almost a fault… but he mourns for the one thing even endless knowledge couldn’t bring back.

Bronwyn is remarkably strong both physically and emotionally… but she uses that ferocity to be a mother.

Olive is young and lighter than air… but she always knows exactly what she must do to save her friends and their world.

Claire loves dresses and princess dolls… but that doesn’t stop her from chomping on a wight’s (probably unsanitary) arm with her sharp teeth.

Enoch is moody and pessimistic at times… but he comforted a common girl without asking for anything in return.

Horace prefers to stay in the background and even calls himself a coward… but when the time comes, he’ll stand up for himself, no matter how much it scares him.

Hugh can kill and lead with pride… but around Fiona or his bees, he’s soft, gentle, and finely attuned to the emotions of those around him.

Fiona is silent, serious, and a mystery… but she gave herself up when no one else would.

Thank you, Ransom Riggs, for giving us characters who break out of their archetypes.

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“Saturday, March twenty-fourth, nineteen eighty-four. Shermer High school, Shermer, Illinois. 60062”

Thirty years ago today,
a princess,
a delinquent,
a brain,
a basket-case,
and a jock,
met for detention.

This is a special day.