Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs is the sequel to the popular young adult novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Most of both books take place around World War II.
Miss Peregrine’s children escape an island, which was attacked by the evil “wights” under the guise of a military operation. The wights want to capture “ymbrynes” (think: good witch) like Miss Peregrine, who can bend time.
Miss Peregrine, however, is trapped in the form of a bird. To restore her to her true self and her humanity the children must fight tremendous odds in war-time Europe against supernatural creatures and society alike.
Hollow City picks up immediately where the first book left off. That means that I highly recommend that you’ll read or re-read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children before you pick up Hollow City because Riggs assumes you just put it down. He recaps very little and then, only what’s relevant. This formula is not a bad one, and saved on extra page space, but readers should know this.
Mr. Riggs certainly is a talented writer with an eye for strange and wonderful characters. Much like the first book, the author uses weird and mesmerizing photographs to compliment the story. However, throughout the book I had the strange feeling that the author might actually be bending the story to compliment the photographs and not the other way around, something I did not notice in the first installment.
Even thought World War II is in the background, there is very little of the war in the book. The kids walk around bombed-out London, the war has very little effect on them and since this is a time-traveling story since they are in their own world. Mr. Riggs does not make the claim that this is a historical novel, and the time traveling aspect of it plants enough suspicion in my head to forgive the factual details which do not square with historical fact.
This engrossing and enjoyable book ends with another cliffhanger, which is sure to bring back the readers for more. I know I’ll be one of them.
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