Hollow City - REVIEW

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2

Published By: Quirk Books
Publication Date: Jan 14, 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy

This is book 2 of the series. If you haven't read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children there will be some SPOILERS ahead for book 1.

Jacob, Emma and the rest of the peculiar children are on the run. Their loop has been destroyed, the wights are nipping at their heels and they have to get Miss P to London and find Miss Wren before time runs out. I admit, I was a little hesitant when I first started reading. All the mystery of the children's home had been revealed and I was afraid I would lose interest in the story. I was so wrong! The action kept me interested, the cast of new characters and peculiars kept me curious and the advancement of the wights kept me intrigued. 
The children barely have time to catch their breath. They can't stay in one spot for long, the wights are everywhere. They've learned some new tricks and they are relentless. The children journey through loops and time, get help in unlikely places and make some new friends.

I enjoyed the animal menagerie and the dog smoking a pipe. The pictures in this book are every bit as baffling and completely odd as they were in book 1 and continue to add richness to the story. I thought the animal peculiars were a fun addition, especially, Addison the talking dog. 

Jacob is still trying to master his ability. What I admire about Rigg's writing is that Jacob doesn't become an instant, super powerful hero. He's becoming stronger but he is still struggling to master his ability, which made it feel more real to me. 

That ending was pretty shocking. I love it when a writer suddenly throws in a plot twist and catches me completely off guard! My hope for the next book is to see the children learn to fine tune their abilities and fight to save their peculiar world. I'm sure it's going to be an interesting journey.

Great Read!

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