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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children) Hardcover – January 14, 2014
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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
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
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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.
Before this book, I'd only read Ransom's Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; even then, it was on Audible. I loved it and even bought the paperback recently, so I could have the full set of the series. Well, I'm abandoning this series, so a full set will most likely never be had, but I had said all this to say this; it's important to see authors as their writing, not just their awesome personality and happenstance of being a writer.
Which leads me to my review of this book.
Hollow City picks up immediately after the events of Ms. Peregrine's. Since this is the case, I assumed this book would be just as amazing as the first; it would set the tone, be engaging (if slow), and would build a slow creepiness. After 200+ pages of this book, putting it on hold twice, and telling myself I'd reward myself with Tales of the Peculiar if I finished this book, I know it's just a dud for me.
Hollow City is, quite literally, one of the most uneventful books I've ever read in my life. You see, there are things that happen in this book; many things that fall in direct line with deus ex machina, but they aren't interesting. We see the children almost get killed, we see talking animals (I can't even get started on this one; this post would be way too long), and we see that this supposedly fast-paced book is without a plot.
Because, in my opinion, going on a search to turn Ms. Peregrine back into a human isn't a plot.
No, it really isn't. A plot, for me, is something that involves character growth; something that deepens the characters in the first book, molds them, and shows who they really are. In this book, we simply get character approved sayings, descriptions, and Jacob being insecure in place of real substance. There's nothing here.
I'm actually reminded of Lawrence of Arabia...
There is nothing in this book and no man needs nothing.
We meet talking wights, typical hollowgasts, Jacob continuing to be weak, Emma being bossy, Bronwyn being a bad bitch, Olive being adorable, Hugh being amazing, Horace being annoying, and Willard being the only one I can truly stomach any day of the week. I'm so disappointed in this book; especially considering it took supposedly three years to write. To me, this means the author may have been dealing with writer's block...not working to create a masterpiece.
To avoid whining further, I'm going to stop my review after this paragraph. This book could've been something beautiful and amazing; something to do the first book justice, but it doesn't. Instead, we get a gimmicky book that seems mostly circumstantial and not...whole. We see characters reacting in ways the author feels they should be; not as the characters would.
In a word, this book makes me sad.
This book picks up right where it’s predecessor leaves off — with the children paddling away from their long-gone home, Cairnholm island. It is once again told in first-person, narrated by Jacob. And of course, the story is helped along with vintage photographs, the very thing that makes the Miss Peregrine series so unique and interesting. I have to say, this book is a lot more exciting than the first! Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first book, but this one was more action-packed and exhilarating! The kids journey all across London, visiting different time loops and winding up in a lot of danger. There were some twists, with a big one at the end, but nothing was too surprising. To be honest, the whole thing seemed too “safe.” There was danger, but it was like I knew everyone would be okay in the end. This series isn’t in the business of killing off characters, and though I love all the characters dearly, there isn’t any fear, nor is there any emotion. Other than that, I don’t have too much to complain about with this book. Like I said, it was an exciting read and I learned a lot about perculiardom.
Jacob continues to be a great narrator. He’s funny even when there’s not much to laugh about (this was quite a depressing book…). He’s full of self-doubt, but manages to save the day countless times. And his ongoing relationship with Emma is endearing, as always. Honestly, the two are like mom and dad throughout the story… I do wish there was a bit more emotion between the two, but I mean, it’s not like there’s any time for that in their present situation, so I understand.
All the other children are just great. Olive can get on my nerves, but she’s very young and babied, so it’s fine. The only other one to frustrate me is Enoch. I understand his being a realist, but wow, he literally never says anything nice or positive. A bit obnoxious. I think he’s only ever done one nice thing between the two books. I mean, I guess that’s something…
I truly do love Rigg’s writing. It’s natural, conversational, and easy to follow. He’s not a nineteenth century poet or anything, but I have to admit, he’s a great addition to the YA genre. He knows how to keep the suspense, too! And he writes great dialogue — it never seems wonky.
I’m really excited to read the last addition to this great series. It’s turning out to be a lot more interesting and enjoyable than I ever thought. Moving on to Library of Souls!!