HOLLOW CITY | Ransom Riggs
Kindle edition | Young Adult | Fantasy | 428 pages
Released 14 January 2014
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. – GOODREADS
The second book in the Miss Peregrine series was even better than the first. It’s been a while since I’ve been so impressed with a follow-up, but this one is definitely worthy of praise. The story picks up straight after book one and we are instantly on an adventure full of quirks and danger. Once again, the characters are so endearing and off-beat it’s hard to resist their innocent charm.
Having rescued Miss Peregrine, the posse of unlikely survivors set off on an adventure to save their beloved ymbryne and secure a safe future for themselves. There are lessons in here about staying strong, uniting and looking for the positive when everything seems to be against you. Everyone has their strengths, and they become even stronger when they work together.
Backed by the chaos of WW2, the Wights and Hollows are on their tail. There’s no time to relax, given that the threat to Miss Peregrine’s life grows bigger as time passes. I found the writing style was well suited to the time period, and the continued use of genuine old photographs in the story made it all seem so real. Looking at the images was like a window into the author’s mind. It must have been a huge task to sift through photos to find the perfect inspirational images.
There were some great twists that I didn’t see coming, which added another dimension of excitement to the story. I have to admit that the end of the book took me by surprise. I wasn’t ready. I wanted more, but then it was done. Fortunately book 3 is already on the shelves. It won’t be long until I grab a copy and continue this peculiar adventure.
This is a wonderful follow-up to book 1 (it was even better than 1). It’s a peculiar adventure that’s irresistible. Recommended for everyone.
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