Book Review: Hollow City

Posted October 8, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 5 Comments

Book Review: Hollow CityHollow City by Ransom Riggs
Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2
Published by Quirk Books on January 14th 2014
Genres: fantasy, alternate history, science fiction, romance, romantic suspense, young adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
“A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”—Boston Globe
Bonus features: • Sneak preview of the third Peculiar Children novel • Exclusive Q&A with Ransom Riggs • Never-before-seen peculiar photography

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

With Library of Souls recently released, I felt I had to do a quick re-read of Hollow City. I had never got around to reviewing it properly back when I first read it, and tbh I mostly scanned the last half of it the first read through anyway due to poor timing choice back during its release.

Let me start by saying how absolutely enamored I am by this story overall. From the very beginning with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I’ve found myself completely wowed by the unique-ness of the cast of characters and the plot. One of the best things though I still find myself smiling about is that in my original review way back, a few years back, of Miss Peregrine’s is my initial comments of how this is perfect for a Tim Burton project. Lo and Behold approximately six months afterward: Tim Burton announces to picking up the series for film. Yesss!

I love that Ransom Riggs continues the trend of blending the unusual vintage photography amongst the text here with Hollow City. What I like better this time around, it doesn’t seem as crowded by the pictures like the first installment started feeling toward the end of the book. It feels a lot more balanced–much better with the mix of text and photos.

Jacob’s character continues to impress me as the hero, too. It’s always a little harder for me to like a first-person narrative with a male lead. As I’m sure some male readers can relate, too, when reading female lead point of views. It can just be somewhat hard at times reading in the voice of the opposite sex, depending on how well it’s going. But I’ve yet to have a problem with Jacob’s voice. I rather like his character– along with many others. And now that they’re gone from the island, entering a wider world, the kids are meeting and mingling with a wider range of characters as well. The world for Hollow City is chaotic, but oddly intriguing. There’s really so much going on… your imagination is going to go WILD.

Needless to say, this series is fun and fantastical. Definitely not one to be missed. Kids in junior high/high school? They’ll love it also! AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE MOVIE.

Stay peculiar!

Pixie Sig Plant

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