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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
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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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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2014
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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. They are just… moments. The feeling of danger and fear and uncertainty rule throughout the book and that made it so very engaging. “What happens to them next? What’s around the corner? How will they go on?” The final chapters completely blindsided me. Imagine me fighting to keep my eyes open at 12mn and then suddenly shooting straight up as I turned to the last pages. Like I said my review of the first book, “The author CANNOT leave it at that!”

As usual, the photographs are stunning. The story was perfectly crafted around them and each photo fit a character and/or a scenario perfectly. Hats off to Mr. Riggs for doing such a great job of building a whole world for us based on found pictures. I can see how one can be inspired by such beautiful pieces.

Do yourself a favor and please buy a physical copy of this book (and of the first one). Even if you are an ebooker, it is so worth it to add these bound pieces of art to your shelf. I read the first one on my B&N nook but I eventually managed to get hard copies. And I got so excited when they came in the mail and even though I already read it, I still browse the pages, admiring the stunning photographs.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I loved the first book in this series, but I had a really hard time getting around to this one. Part of that was due to being seriously creeped out by the first one (I could not read it before bed). But when I found it at the library, I knew it was time to try it out. It picked up right were Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children left off, but the way it was written, was not frustrating if I could not remember everything from the first one. I found it to be interesting the whole way through, with never a dull moment, even if it was not an action scene. Something that I really liked about this book was the way that I was able to feel what the characters were feeling so well, I do not find that in every book. I also really liked the pictures that accompanied the description of the peculiar. Even though there was not a final battle in a sense, the conclusion was still thrilling and mysterious. I had no idea how it was going to end until the book finished, I kept thinking that there was more to happen, it could not end like it did, but it did. The ending was conclusive of the problem presented in this particular book, but inconclusive with the storyline of the whole series. I will defiantly read the next one and recommend anyone who likes creepy and time travel to read these. They are also great because even though it is not directly about it, it has a great message about acceptance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
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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. Although I felt the pace was off and forced at times, there were other times when it flowed quite nicely -- particularly when they meet.... Althea (I'll say no more).

If you just loved the first, it's likely worth it to read the 2nd. If you can ignore some of the deficiencies, my guess is you'll probably even really enjoy the second! (a lot of people sure have :)) Otherwise, the above notes may give you just the amount of "managed expectations" needed to enjoy the book anyway :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
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Very disappointing- I enjoyed the first book so much but this one was a lot of running with no plot advancement and ended in another cliffhanger- that I have no desire to buy the third book and resolve. Loved the first one though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
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I loved the first book in the series, and this second book remained true to the story and characters -- and was equally interesting, surprising, fascinating and heartbreaking.

However, had I known it was going to be a multi-book series, I might not have invested. The fact that every book seems to turn into a series is exhausting. I understand that publishers like to go with a sure thing, and if the story remains good, what's the harm, right? Wrong. Keeping abreast of a series can be daunting, especially if books come out years apart.

Having staid that, I'll read the next installment in this series. It's a good story, unique and intriguing -- and worth my time and energy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
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This series has been such a unique story. It's not glittering vampires. It's not depressed teens with super powers. It's a true story that keeps you wanting more. These peculiar children are each interesting characters with backgrounds you love. I read this book in a matter of days and hate to have to wait for the next book! Hurry Ransom and set my curiosity free. I want more, now!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
Fuelled by an interest in its notability for being a novel developed by examining a series of old photographs, Ransom Riggs’ MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN became a literary sensation during the summer of 2011. The photographs were amazing and Riggs did a remarkable job of bringing those pictures together and telling an entertaining and exciting story connected by those photos. That book ended on a massive cliffhanger and it’s been over two years since MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN was published. Now the story continues in the recently published HOLLOW CITY.

HOLLOW CITY begins immediately after the last book left off. It follows Jacob and the other children as they arrive in England and try to find a way to turn Miss Peregrine back to her human form while being chased by horrible hollowgast monsters and evil wights disguised as soldiers and police officers. Along the way they travel through time, meet talking animals, take cover during a bombing raid, and visit a strange circus.

Don’t be fooled by the name HOLLOW CITY because the book is far from hollow: it’s a rich, lively, exciting, and vivid novel that surpasses the first Miss Peregrine book. Like that first volume, HOLLOW CITY is full of interesting and unique photographs. It’s entertaining enough just looking at the photographs in the book. However, the plot and story in HOLLOW CITY is deeper and darker than what occurred in the first novel. The reader really gets to see that these “children” really aren’t children, just ancient beings in the bodies of children. The characters in the story are more developed than they were in the first book; they seem more like real people instead of just characters in a book. For example, Jacob, the main protagonist, grows from being a modern Holden Caulfield-wannabe into a real leader and warrior. His peculiarity is still developing and is still new to him, but as he learns to use and control his talent and become more powerful, he also becomes a better person. This same development continues with most all of the children from the first novel even as the cast of characters expands.

There is a bit of frustration for the reader, however, as HOLLOW CITY ends on an even bigger cliffhanger than MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. With all the twists and turns it’s unclear how this saga will conclude, but all things point to a darker and even more exciting story in the next installment.
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