Monday, March 24, 2014

Hollow City

Today’s post is on Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It is 396 pages long and is published by Quirk books. The cover is a black and white picture with a little girl who has a big hole in the middle of her stomach. There is no sex, no language but violence in this book. The intended reader is young adult but adults can enjoy this series as well.  The story is told from the first person point of view of the main character Jacob. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- 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 shape shifters- 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- I have been looking forward to this book for years and I was not disappointed. This volume is much faster than the first book so there is little character development.  It is fast action and world building. Riggs really pushes his skills into high gear for the world building. Jacob and the reader start getting a better idea about the Peculiar world at large . The pictures again help with the atmosphere and to get a better idea about what some the odder things in that world look like. At the heart this book is a journey story. Jacob and company are moving from place A to place B with all the troubles that entails. One thing I will warn about is that the chapters are very long but there are some breaks inside each to help manage the length.  I am very curious to see where Riggs is going with the story now and I am wondering if he is going to write a trilogy or longer. I think that this world has a lot of potential with a rich history that I would love to explore on its own. Either way I enjoyed this book and I recommend it and the first one highly.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.