Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Published January 14th, 2014 by Quirk Books.
This sequel to the first novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended.
Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered vintage photographs. (Goodreads)
While I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children the first book in the trilogy, I can say I was equally disappointed with Hollow City. Everything I loved about the first book seemed forced in this second book. The vintage creepy photos that made the story come to life in Miss Peregrine’s seemed lacking depth and connection to the story. It felt much more random. Another thing I enjoyed about the first book was it felt like a puzzle. I never knew what was going to happen next and I would read page after page just to discover what was going to happen. In Hollow City, our band of peculiar children are off to set things right, to fix what is broken, but it’s such a confusing path to get there that it gets muddy. The writing itself seemed lost and distant. Definitely not as fast paced and brilliant as the first time around. With that being said by the end Riggs hit his stride and made the story engaging and interesting.
While not as enjoyable as Miss Peregrine’s it definitely had some interesting elements. The first being the book within the book, Tales of the Peculiar. We also got to meet some new peculiars including Radi a peculiar like Millard, Peter and Joel, and Sam the girl who is pictured on the cover of Hollow City. As with Miss Peregrine’s the story left on a bit of a cliffhanger which definitely has me curious what will happen next. So while I only rated Hollow City 2 stars I will be finishing the trilogy hopefully this month.