TITLE: Hollow City
AUTHOR: Ransom Riggs
Hollow City is the second book in the series that started with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (which I reviewed a couple months ago. You can also find a review of the companion non-fiction book on BitB). I’ll warn you now that if you didn’t read the first one, you may want to skip this review because there might be some things that spoil that for you.
So, my mistake, but important to note, the book takes over where the first one left off pretty much, and since a little bit of time had passed, there were a couple things said that I didn’t remember. It’s totally a pet peeve of mine that they don’t bother telling us anything that would tie one book in from the other, especially when quite a bit of time has passed and when the books are meant to stand alone.
Hollow City starts off with the kids escaping their bombed out island and Jacob and company with the injured Miss Peregrine, taking her to find a ymbryne while running from hollowgast and the like. Don’t forget that its 1940, they’re trying to get to London (remember your history, that’s not going to go well), and they have all kinds of people after them and causing trouble including talking/peculiar animals and a band of gypsies. Some of these creatures/people end up being friend not foe, but there’s trouble everywhere.
So, not a lot happens in this book, but the way that the story is told makes it a worthwhile payout. And I did like how it ended. There’s a lot going on for not a lot going on (if that makes sense) but like I said, it read quickly and I didn’t feel like I wasted time reading this book (unlike, say, Divergent #2 or HP #2, which were total wastes of time). It sets up nicely for the third book, which Ransom is already working on.
There’s not a lot I can say without spoilers, unfortunately. I will tell you that the book is still gorgeous and interesting and it amazes me how well he does at all of this. In a cool twist, when I read this book, I also got a letter in the mail with a random found photograph in it, and I had just googled where the antique shops were to start a collection of my own.
So, I guess it won’t surprise you when I rate this highly. Read the first one, but then get this one, too. 4/5 pages.