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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Paperback – February 24, 2015
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Listeners are hurled head first into Riggs's stormy seas, right where he abandoned us at the end of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. The children, now loaded into three rowboats, have narrowly escaped the dangers that invaded their island, rescued Miss Peregrine from a weight-driven submarine, and now only need to row more than eight kilometers to mainland England. It will take all of the children's peculiar abilities to even make it to the shore—which is only the first stop on their near-impossible journey. Narrator Kirby Heyborne's pacing is deliberate and measured, matching the real-time pacing of the book, which takes place over the course of only a few days. The voices of our Peculiar friends are as quirky as the characters themselves, and are exceptionally well done. But much of the magic of these books is lost without immediate access to the unusual pictures which inspired the story, even though they are available on an included PDF. Recommended for libraries with the first audiobook or as an accompaniment to the print version.—Chani Craig, Great Falls Middle/Turners Falls High School, Montague, MA --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Having rescued Miss Peregrine, the posse of unlikely survivors set off on an adventure to save their beloved ymbryne and secure a safe future for themselves. There are lessons in here about staying strong, uniting and looking for the positive when everything seems to be against you. Everyone has their strengths, and they become even stronger when they work together.
Backed by the chaos of WW2, the Wights and Hollows are on their tail. There’s no time to relax, given that the threat to Miss Peregrine’s life grows bigger as time passes. I found the writing style was well suited to the time period, and the continued use of genuine old photographs in the story made it all seem so real. Looking at the images was like a window into the author’s mind. It must have been a huge task to sift through photos to find the perfect inspirational images.
There were some great twists that I didn’t see coming, which added another dimension of excitement to the story. I have to admit that the end of the book took me by surprise. I wasn’t ready. I wanted more, but then it was done. Fortunately book 3 is already on the shelves. It won’t be long until I grab a copy and continue this peculiar adventure.
IN A NUTSHELL
This is a wonderful follow-up to book 1 (it was even better than 1). It’s a peculiar adventure that’s irresistible. Recommended for everyone.
To be honest I did not think that I would enjoy this one as much as the first but admit right here that I was wrong. Rather than running out of steam as so many of these series books do, this one ramped it up and I felt it, this book, was better than the first. There was certainly more action and the characters are being filled out quite well as are the relationship between the characters the author has given us.
Like many, the first book, at the ending, left me with a sort of “Meh” feeling and I was not certain I wanted to continue. Fortunately for me I pressed on and was well rewarded; if indeed reading late into the night and missing out on some much needed sleep can be called rewarding!
The other aspect of the book I found true in my case was the fact that I started liking and caring for the characters much more and found myself rooting for them.
If the third book is as good as the second one I will be in for a wonderful reading treat!
This series is very different, brilliantly imaginative and quite peculiar! I'm really finding myself connecting with all of the characters. They are so intriguing. I am loving seeing Jacob's peculiarities start to take shape and am very anxious to read the final book.
This series has been very unique. The ending. WOW I was not expecting that. It has me hooked and I definitely won't be able to go on without knowing how this all ends.