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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) Hardcover – January 14, 2014


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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: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (906 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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

From School Library Journal

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

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

It, like the first book, is a quick read that you can't put down.
Pgolfing
This is the second book in this series and I liked the first one very much so I had to read the second book.
Randi
Ransom Riggs does a great job of taking old strange photos and incorporating them into the story.
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33 of 37 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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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 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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Format: Hardcover
“Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, a sequel of the one of most innovative releases in recent years that even having children in its name is certainly not a title that will interest (only) children.
Seems a lot longer than two and a half years have passed since the release of the original first part in series, but after reading this sequel all can be said that we are glad the author waited to publish it because its quality is at least on same or even higher level - second book certainly not a work written only to earn money as soon as possible.

The action continues where previous part ended, while Jacob and other peculiar kids home was destroyed though they managed to save Miss Peregrine captured in bird form from the wights, unable to turn back into a human form.
Jacob and the other will escape to war London from the 40-ies, the peculiar capital of the world, in order to find help for Miss Peregrine…

“Hollow City” story on its 400 pages is never once boring or slow, being a real page turner until the cliffhanger ending, as expected to again eagerly wait for the next sequel.
What is the most positive surprise is the level of development experienced by the characters in relation to the last part, now they are more serious, more adult, and the relationships among them are far more serious.

The author once again made great photographs managing to make a fantastic story around each of presented characters so that the reader really does not know whether were first photographs found then text created, or vice versa, because they simply fantastically complement.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Griggs on February 13, 2014
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While the first Miss Peregrine Book was entertainingly believable until near its end, Hollow City stretches the fanciful too far. With walking, climbing, or swimming from time loop to time loop, talking animals (and sentient chickens who can lay explosive eggs when they choose), Hollow City has gone to far and left behind the charm of the first book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By notkidding on June 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
After "Miss Peregrine's Home ..", the first book in the series, I found this disappointing. The story was a series of vignettes as opposed to the flow of the first book. Also much more predictable, which was also disappointing after the first book. Loved the photos! May/may not invest in the next book of the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2014
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After having enjoyed the first book in this series so much, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children), I hate to have to say I'm slightly disappointed in this second book. This one takes up immediately after the first book ends with the children, all of them peculiars, having to try to survive the trip in their boats from the island to the mainland while avoiding German submarines. Once they make it safely to the coast they begin a frantic race to reach London. Miss Peregrine is in her bird form and the children must get her to someone who can help her change back to her human form within a very few days or she will always remain a bird. So the children race from one hair-raising episode after another trying to stay out of the reach of the soldiers and get to help only to find London a city engulfed in catastrophe.

The vintage photographs used in this second novel were not as unusual (at least for the most part) as those used in the first book. There are still some that are truly odd, but most are more along the lines of showing the ravages of war. The author has used the photos once again to illustrate his narrative, but they were not as compelling for me as in the previous book. The peculiar children are still interesting and yet my familiarity with them now makes their actions almost expected, almost commonplace. And then, of course, there will be disappointment for readers who don't already know that this book ends in a complete cliff hanger. This author has such a wonderful imagination which totally captivated me in the first novel. This second book I didn't enjoy as much.
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