Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

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By (author) Ransom Riggs

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  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 208mm x 26mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Philadelphia
  • ISBN 10: 1594747172
  • ISBN 13: 9781594747175
  • Sales rank: 830

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.” This second novel 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 (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He is also the author of Talking Pictures (Harper Collins, 2012) and The Sherlock Holmes Handbook (Quirk, 2008). He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives in Los Angeles.

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By Writer For Misfits 09 May 2014 5

It was hard not to enjoy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children since it got me screaming at the bookstore and after. Hollow City came after when I had some cash to spare. I sincerely wanted to get it when it was released but I ain’t rich yet, so. Once I got my money, I rushed to the bookstore, and tiptoed to the features section where all the newly released books were and grabbed it faster than a speeding bullet, stared at it and run my fingers on the book. I went home like a kid from the candy store.

Hollow City is the sequel to the first novel by Ransom Riggs. We were left with the peculiar kids, travelling with Miss Peregrine, in her bird form, trying to find other loops where they’d be safe from the wights that follow them. The thing that I mostly enjoyed while reading the book is the gripping storyline and the suspense of each scene. I honestly didn’t predict anything that was going to happen because you can’t. While reading, I was invested fully on what they were doing, trying to save themselves from hollowgasts, meeting new peculiars and travelling through loops. I was hit with surprise, after surprise after surprise!

Though you could say I was going to receive heart attacks from the spur of events, but through them I got to know more about the other peculiars abilities and that even from being stuck in their 1940 loop, they are still brave little souls, who are willing to risk their lives in order to save their loving Miss Peregrine from being a bird forever. The characterization is so much fuller this time around, which makes sense since the first novel became an introduction to the syndrigast world. Now, Hollow City is more action packed and mysterious in a way, with the main characters becoming more defined around the new characters introduced. This is honestly what I love about Ransom’s novels. Even if you are thrown with so many characters, they are in their very way, special and couldn’t be forgotten even if they were only in a couple of scenes. Out of all the new characters introduced, my favourites would have to be Althea, and Joel and Peter. They are the characters you wouldn’t think would leave a mark, but they are a treat and oh so powerful. Jacob has become manlier and braver from the first novel. He has actually become more attractive in my imagination. Enoch, as always, is the most annoying yet the funniest foil I’ve ever encountered in a novel. I just love how he was written. Thank you for Enoch, Ransom.

Another lovely aspect from this sequel is the travelling and different sidetracks in their adventures such as the wonderful gypsies and the annoying wights. It gives so much flavour to the story. Also, the hunt for the time loops through the help of the Peculiar storybook they have was very interesting. The stories were entertaining and when you got the first one, you were willing to decipher the next one with them.

The photographs again were enchanting however, I must say, the photos in the first novel were scarier. Maybe it’s because I knew that I’d get used to seeing them but nonetheless, they are still haunting and fascinating.

Hollow City is a thrill to read and any booknerd would pull an all-nighter for this enthralling and wonderful read.

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“...a perfect blend of creepiness and thoughtfulness”—Popmatters “Fans will be pleased with this second volume and downright delighted to know that a third in the series is in the offering.”—Booklist   “What makes the series soar, however, is not the world-building, as intriguing as it is, but the heartfelt intensity of the emotions.”—Virginian-Pilot “New readers of the series will find this novel a treat...Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends.”—School Library Journal   “...a stunning achievement.”—Boston Globe   “I was blown away....Hollow City is fantastic...”—USAToday.com   “Ideal for fans of Neil Gaiman and Daniel Kraus, Hollow City blends fantasy and horror into a world that will engross readers and leave them eager for more.”—Shelf Awareness for Readers   “...a great big jolt of fun”—Litreactor.com “...a tasty adventure for any reader with an appetite for the…peculiar.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Riggs has created a fresh and original world in these Peregrine novels, with likable, quirky characters and a very readable style.”—Library Journal Xpress Review “...fans will be thrilled to know that the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is as hauntingly sinister is the first and is unequivocally worth the wait. It’s a rare sequel that improves on the series’ beginning... A must-read!” -RT Book Reviews