Hollow City

Hollow City is the sequel to Ransom Rigg’s first novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. No time has passed since we last left our merry band of super powered kids. After abandoning their broken time loop, Jacob and his friends must find another magical guardian to help Miss Peregrine who is trapped in her bird form.

Hollow City was a definite step up from the first novel. Riggs’ World War Two England is a creepy, tense, uncomfortable place. You can definitely feel the constant danger that the characters are in through the novel’s strong sense of dread. The characters travel from dangerous place to dangerous place on their mission, never truly feeling safe anywhere.

Not only does he incorporate found photography into this novel, but he works in more stories of peculiar mythos. The characters must rely on a book Tales of Peculiardom to help them navigate their way from danger to safe house.

With every step the characters take they are hunted by Hollows and Wights. In the first novel the Hollows were just monsters. In this novel you get more of an insight to just how dangerous they are. The Hollows and the Wights are organized and know how to manipulate the system to get what they want. The Peculiar Children never know if the adults around them are just everyday dangerous or monstrous dangerous.

The book ends on one of the BEST cliffhangers I’ve come across in a long time. I may not have been sold completely from the first novel but now I MUST know how this story ends. So if you haven’t had a chance to read these books then I suggest you go pick them up.

Summary
Hollow City is a step in the right direction from the first novel. Riggs never lets the creepy atmosphere die as his characters travel through a war torn England. Hollow City is a fun, creepy memorable ride and it'll leave you wanting more.
Good
  • One of the best cliffhangers that I've ever come across
  • Great atmosphere (super creepy)
  • Scary villains
  • A believable relationship between Emma and Jacob
  • All of the characters are fully developed
  • Character reactions are very realistic
Bad
  • The Peculiar Children are selfish
  • Novel suffers from being the middle book and serves to set up for the finale
  • Certain plot elements seem contrived
7.2
Good
Plot - 7
Characters - 7
Setting - 8
Writing Style - 7
Enjoyability - 7
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Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.

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