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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) Hardcover – January 14, 2014
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"Riders" By Veronica Rossi
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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.Read more ›
<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.Read more ›
Hollow City has the same problems as the original: an overly complicated plot, and far too many characters – which is made worse by the addition of even more characters (LOTS of them). And now the main character's motivation for giving up his entire life is that he's got the hots for an 80-some-year-old woman wearing the body of a 12-year-old girl. Silly.
Still, the writing is pretty good. I may actually read more of Miss Peregrine … but not until the series is finished. As it is, I have no idea if the author knows where he’s going with this, or if it's going to be one of those never-ending series, a la Robert Jordan’s ridiculous Wheel of Time. So Hollow City gets a provisional two-star rating. Four stars for writing (although Hollow City did not match the original), two for plotting, and one for yet another no-ending ending. At least the cover of Hollow City indicated it was Book Two of the series; the first one never gave a clue that it wasn't a complete story.
So call me when it's over. I'm done, at least for now.
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