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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2014: In Hollow City, Ransom Riggs continues the story that mesmerized readers in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. With their island home compromised, and Miss Peregrine trapped in her bird state, Jacob and the other peculiars flee into the larger world and find themselves in war-torn 1940’s London. On those broken streets, with "blacked out windows staring like lidless eyes," Jacob learns to trust himself, finds comfort in belonging, and falls over the precipice into love. As in his earlier novel, Hollow City is filled with eerily fascinating vintage photographs, and like a seasoned magician Riggs seamlessly incorporates them into a story already so well established in many ways that such a feat seems remarkable.--Seira Wilson

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Gr 8 Up—This harrowing tale picks up right where Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011) left off: having narrowly escaped wights and hollowgasts (monsters), Jacob, Emma, and their group of peculiars (young mutants, à la the X-Men, with a dash of time travel abilities) are on the move to London to find a cure for their headmistress Miss Peregrine who has been trapped in her bird form, but time is running short. Moving through time loops, they meet a menagerie of characters who help them along the way, but danger lurks at every corner, and horrors are not far behind. Even if the teens reach London alive, will it be enough to save Miss Peregrine from an ornithological fate? This book is perfectly paced, suspenseful, and scary. It is dark and dreadful but also humorous and touching. The peculiars are intriguing, each with fascinating powers, such as invisibility or premonition. They play off of one another's strengths and weaknesses, which progresses the story and further develops the characters. And of course there is the book's main attraction: the found vernacular photography, vintage pictures that Riggs has collected from flea markets and archives. The quirky and creepy snapshots perfectly illustrate the characters and settings, reinforcing the dark atmosphere of the narrative. New readers of the series will find this novel a treat and will be able to sift through summaries of previous events to place themselves in the story. 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.—Billy Parrott, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • Series: Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; First Edition edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594746125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594746123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,836 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida, where he spent his formative years making silly movies with his friends in their various backyards, snorkeling, and complaining about the heat. He studied English at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles. He makes films you can watch on his YouTube page: www.youtube.com/ransriggs. He enjoys traveling to exotic lands and complaining about the heat. He would like to thank you for reading this short biography.

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Adults don't be put off by the fact that the heros in this book are children... Or are they? I read some of Harry Potter books, which is definitely directed more to the young (found it to young for me ) this book, with its college-level vocabulary , its characters and its settings in various points in history speaks to the adult reader, although can be enjoyed by the young. Wonderfully written and excellent character development. Adults can easily identify and see the personalities of adult friends in Rigg's young heros and yet something would have been lost had these characters been portrayed as adults and not children (David vs Goliath ). It moves quickly along and extremely difficult to put down. Although can be read without reading the first book, strongly suggest you do read the first; although I liked this book a bit better than the first.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Catrina T. on January 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
After a long wait, it’s finally here. Hollow City, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. And it is so worth it and then some.

I received my copy on the afternoon of the 11th and finished the whole thing by midnight of the 13th. There never was a dull moment from the first page to the cliffhanger in the end. Yes, like with a LOT of book nowadays, this is a part of a trilogy or series. It kept me on the edge of my seat and never let go.

We pick up where the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off. The peculiar kids and Jacob (who was revealed to be also peculiar) were left to their own devices after their home was destroyed. They did manage to save Miss Peregine, in bird form, from the wights but she could not turn back into a human. They make their way to London, the peculiar capital of the world, to seek help for their injured mistress.

The author definitely improved the children’s voices in this new book. I enjoyed Olive, Millard, and Bronwyn. Jacob also changed. No longer was he the jaded rich kid from book one. He grew up; he took on new responsibilities as well as an understanding about his peculiarity. I like this new Jacob. It reminds me of how Harry Potter evolved from a clueless Muggle-raised boy to a very capable wizard. His relationship with Emma didn’t irk me as much as it did before; I actually thought it was cute and it gave the story the push forward that it needed in the end.

The main characters are children but this is definitely not a story for children. It’s dark and scary at times. There are parallels to the horrors of World War II. And just like with The Hunger Games, children are at the center of the tragedy. There were happy moments but they are few and far between.
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42 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2014
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After the two years in creation of this sequel, I can now clearly state that "Hollow City" is clearly worthy of the original, smash, NY Times, 52-week bestseller "Miss Peregrin's Home For Peculiar Children." Picking up where the first book left off, this new volume is a coming-of-age story as the protagonist Jacob, and friends, leave the nest (Island) and are forced to strike out on their own. Once again, the author has used old photography as a powerful lens to visualize his highly imaginative and original tale. This is one sequel that, while it can stand on its own, I strongly urge people to read the original (Miss Peregrin's) first. Having read it first, you'll have a much better concept of what to expect and definitely will not be disappointed with this sequel. (Can't wait for the movie !!!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Allen on September 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Wasn't blown away... thought it was a disappointing sequel, but still good.

<b>What I didn't like:</b>
I was disappointed in the pace and the plot.. it felt artificially manufactured to create tension, as opposed to those stories where the tension feels real... And I think that might have been in part because of how I felt about the pictures this round... it felt that at many points, the author was creating words to fit a picture he wanted to add--when it didn't really add to the plot or the characters or the pacing or really anything.

I was also annoyed by the romantic aspect, but disregard that if you like that kind of thing ;) To me, it's always annoying when it's over-the-top cheesy, and I had a hard time finding it realistic in the atmosphere -- ya know, life or death.

I thought that the characters spent WAY too much time NOT using the peculiarities they've spent a LONG time having when they were confronted with danger... I know, in some cases it made sense, but in others it was like this weird inexplicable delay. And I felt that the development of Jacob's peculiarity, while the rest of us could see it coming 100 miles away, took WAY too long to FINALLY show its face.

And I'll say, I just did not like the near-ending. But what and why are spoilers :)

<b>What I did like:</b>
It's still just an interesting concept and I like the idea of having a story with realistic (ish) pictures accompanying it. I really liked some of the development of characters (Bronwyn and Olive in particular), and I liked the addition of some of the new characters (Peter-and-Joel and Joel-and-Peter). I also thought that Riggs had good ideas and some of his plot development was really interesting.
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