Book Review: Hollow City – The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine - Hollow City

Title: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy

Book Procurement: Bought at Exclusive Books Greenstone, also available on Takealot as well as Amazon.


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. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

“A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”—Boston Globe

Bonus features:
• Sneak preview of the third Peculiar Children novel
• Exclusive Q&A with Ransom Riggs
• Never-before-seen peculiar photography

Back of Book

My Review:

I began the first book quite a while ago (2014/2015) and I thoroughly enjoyed the wild, somewhat awkward adventures of Jacob and his discovery of the Peculiar world, as well as his own hidden peculiarity.

We last left Jacob and the peculiars in quite a dire situation, and you would think that the second novel would at least put them on the path of peace and quiet. Not likely. In a world infested with Wights and Hollows, with so many of the Loops raided and hardly anyone to reach out to as their only hope is trapped in the body of a bird; peace and quiet is the furthest thing they will find.

The story is wonderfully paced as we run, duck, fight, and pray with the peculiar children. The world is not such a grand place after all, especially when you are peculiar but this peculiarity also means discovering that not all fairytales are fairytales. The characters continue to be true to themselves and it’s easy to forget they are fictional, which is a compliment to Ransom Riggs for well written characters.

One again, the combination of story and Riggs’ images augments the story rather than distract, giving a rounder feel to the tale and giving a glimpse into the peculiar world where the story takes place. The world building aspect of it is once again absolutely marvelous, as we are taken to different time periods and experience both the horror and the wonder of them. With plenty of action to keep the pages turning, and with Jacob learning to harness his new ability, this second novel continues to build up towards what should be a climatic end.

Thrills. Spills. Peculiarities. Love. Hope. Fear. All the ingredients that left me shocked, happy, sad and a convoluted mess of emotions.

Rating: A solid 4 out of 5

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