Book Review: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs

January 21, 2014

About:
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs is the sequel to the popular YA novel. Much like the first book, most of Hollow City takes place around World War II.

  • 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594746125

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Thought:
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs picks up immediately where the first book left off. That means that I highly recommend that you’ll read or re-read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because Riggs assumes you just put it down and jumped into Hollow City. He recaps very little and then, only what’s relevant. This formula is not a bad one, and saved on extra page space, but I thought one should know.

Mr. Riggs certainly is a talented writer with an eye for strange and wonderful characters. Much like the first book, the author uses weird and mesmerizing photographs to compliment the story. However, throughout the book I had the strange feeling that the author might actually be bending the story to compliment the photographs and not the other way around, something I did not notice in the first installment.

Even thought World War II is in the background, there is very little of the war in the book. The kids walk around bombed out London, the war has very little affect on them and since this is a time traveling story since they are in their own world. Mr. Riggs does not make the claim that this is a historical novel, and the time traveling aspect of it, plants enough suspicion in my head to forgive the factual details which did not exist during that time.

This engrossing and enjoyable book ends with another cliffhanger, which is sure to bring back the readers for more. I know I’ll be one of them.

Synopsis:
Miss Peregrine children escape the island which was attacked by the evil “wights” under the guise of a military operation. The wights want to capture “ymbrynes” (think: good witch) like Miss Peregrine who can bend time.

Miss Peregrine, however, is trapped in the form of a bird, to restore her to her true self and her humanity the children must fight tremendous odds in war time Europe against supernatural creatures and society alike.

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4 Comments

  • Alex Baugh January 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I have been waiting to read a review of this book and I’m glad it was yours. I bought it the day it came out, but haven’t had a chance to get to it. Now, I am really excited to get into it. Loved the first book.

  • Grace January 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I’m excited to read this one. Miss Peregrine’s was delightfully creepy and I enjoyed it tremendously. The photographs give these books such a unique atmospheric touch.

  • Sarah Ward January 26, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I thought the concept of this better than the execution but still enjoyed it.

  • Helen Maryles Shankman January 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I just finished this over the weekend. I would have to say that I LOVED the first one–the pictures were SO creepy–but I only liked the second one. 🙁 Oh, well. There were some great new peculiars. And I still look forward to the next one.

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