Hollow City Book Review
Recently I had the chance to read Hollow City. Hollow City is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar children series by Ransom Riggs. If you were hoping to read the first book or just be entertained by the upcoming movie based upon the first book then I highly encourage you to not read this review, as it may contain spoilers or things that you were hoping to be surprised about.
This book picks up where the last book left off. Our children have abandoned their home as they are being hunted by Wights and Hollowgast. Young Jacob is doing his best to navigate his new found powers and still be someone for the children to look up to.
Here is what I loved about this novel. Ransom does an amazing job of keeping this one a constant uphill battle for our band of Peculiar Children. There is hardly a time when they get the chance to breath or relax due to them constantly being chased and hunted. A long the way through this story we get to know the children a little better and even find out how powerful they can be. One of my favorite things about anyone having powers is how they manifest those powers or side effects from having them. Those details are what excite me when reading something. Where as the first novel was contained to the Island for most of it, this one explores London and secrets about how the Peculiar get around. The doorways to time travel leave an endless series of possibilities to explore. I had become especially fond of Hugh, the boy with bees in his belly, in this novel. He had a few really great character moments that I had to go back and reread since I found it so fascinating.
As the story progressed there were several new characters that had been introduced, ones that I would certainly like to see more off including Addison whom I hope will have a much larger role in the third book. A highlight of the book has been the Tales of the Peculiar. Stories with a story have always been a plus for me when reading a novel. To find out how they play out as a part of the story is an even better. It was wonderful watching new Peculiars being introduced in various parts of the book, and there was a couple that I wanted to see more from. Hopefully they will be revisited in the future as I wanted to know a little more about a couple of them.
In the first book we get a rather quick introduction to some of the children and a small introduction to young Jacob’s abilities to see the Hollowgast. Within the pages of this novel we get to see him learn to work with the power a little more to the point of developing and honing it into something much more powerful. Within a group of children who are all at least 80 years old stuck in time loops, Jacob becomes a leader while still doing a lot of growing up. Whether or not he full accepts what is going to happen to him in the future is still slightly unclear. In the meantime it makes for a great read.
As with the first book the last 60 or so pages really create a turbine of excitement. Things are revealed that were seemingly business as usual. If you thought the cliffhanger of Miss Peregrine being nearly drowned and kidnapped from the first book was crazy, then you are in for a treat! The author does one heck of a turn of events and leaves an element of danger that you dare not miss. If you are looking for something fun, out of the ordinary, dare I say…peculiar then look no further. Hollow City is an excellent addition to the series and I look forward to the third novel Library of Souls.
Reviewed by the Batt ;D