Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
September 3rd, 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. Likes 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.
Hollow City is the second story in a YA trilogy by Ransom Riggs. The coolness of these particular books lays in the fact they contain real, old photographs which intertwine in and compliment the story.
Anyone who read my review of the first book (here) will know that I was a bit disappointed and not majorly enthralled. The book wasn’t badly written and was a fun enough ‘easy read’ but marketed wrong and I expected something creepy. I was kinda bored really.
So why read the next one? Because I mugged myself off by buying them all in one go off Amazon.
Happily I did enjoy Hollow City more than the first book. It definitely helped that it leapt straight into the action but the entire story was more exciting and I felt generally it was just a better book. I let a lot of the first one wash over me and didn’t pay much attention to secondary characters or weird made-up words that exist in their weird made-up world but reading Hollow City I got to know the characters and their respective quirks a little better.
I still wouldn’t say they’re the most AMAZING BOOKS EVER, like how I felt when I read…..well I won’t say his name but he wears glasses and has a scar on his head. Hollow City was enjoyable and fun but again – and I’m only being honest – it didn’t grip me hugely. Not to the point where I was jumping up and down on one leg in anticipation of reading the next chapter but it’s important to point out that these (young adult) books are not specifically aimed at me anyway.
The story genre will appeal to some more than others and judging by some stuff I’ve read online they do have a following. There’s a bit of a cliché – sometimes quite over the top – romance between the protagonist and one of the peculiar children. I can see this appealing to the teen market due to all the darn drama and ‘I’ll love you til the end!’ vibes. Let’s be honest Twilight made a fortune out of it and they were shit too.
I must mention the vintage photos again as they are such a cool part of the experience and the main reason to pick up one of these books and flick through it. Riggs (I can’t help but say that in Danny Glover’s voice in my head) has cleverly written each photograph into the story and some of them are so mysterious and scary you can’t help but wonder the real life origin.
All of the photos are genuine, donated by collectors and from Riggs own personal collection. And there’s a lot of them. It’s not like one or two scattered around, you see them every few pages. A lot of work went into the Miss Peregrine books and it’s admirable.
But I don’t think I’ll be reading any further.