Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)

Goodreads Synopsis

September 3, 1940.

Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters.


And only one person can help them – but she’s trapped in the body of a bird.

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom.

Hollow City draws readers into a richly imagined world of telepathy and time loops, of sideshows and shapeshifters – a world populated with adult “peculiars”, murderous wights, and a bizarre menagerie of uncanny animals. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.


*Review might does contain spoilers.

After finishing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a little while ago I decided that I needed to continue this series asap. See my review for Miss Peregrine’s here.

Hollow City picks up just where Miss Peregrine’s left off and we find Jacob, Emma, Milliard and Co. on the run from the Wights as well as in search for a solution to their very big problem.

In this book we journey to London to find another Ymbryne who seems to be the peculiars’ last hope because Miss Peregrine could probably never return from her bird-self to her human-self.

This book saw a lot more action than Miss Peregrine’s (although I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s more) and honestly, I think I would’ve been disappointed if this was very dull because I needed something, anything, to happen. And happen it did. We delved much deeper into the world of peculiar, encountering more wights and hollows and learning even more about Jacob’s peculiarity.

The change in character from book 1 to book 2 was very noticeable. Jacob acted a lot more mature and maybe it’s because he’s seen things that are not considered normal but it’s as if he grew up overnight.

I didn’t much care for the romance between Jacob and Emma. I didn’t mind it much in the first book but here it seemed forced and definitely not needed. It came at the most awkward times and Emma seemed to think that she was doing Jacob a favour here or there but I think she was looking out for herself more than for anyone else. I get that a war is basically going on but how can you be so selfish? Jacob is needed, so I think there’s a bigger picture to focus on.

The writing style was amazing. That’s one thing that I definitely don’t have a problem with. I am quite curious to see how this plays out so I’m going to need Library of Souls asap.

Read: 5 February 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 17 January 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Ransom Riggs

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