Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Read: Feb. 20 – March 07 2017
*minor spoilers for book one*
This book was much more enjoyable than the first one! We get to know the characters better, there’s a bunch of adventures, new and interesting concepts and plot twists!! It seems predictable after a while but I never saw that ending coming!
The character’s purpose was simple but believable: survival and to help/save Miss Peregrine. It was nice to see everyone’s characters development (I even like Jacob more) and I liked that their personalities were ‘youthful’ and yet mature. Reliving the same day over and over again would certainly keep them from maturing emotionally but after all that time some of them if not most were bound to be a little more mature than the average child of their (physical) age.
The writing didn’t improve very much int his book, though I wasn’t really expecting it to, but ti’s like I told my friend the other day – at least it didn’t get worse. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is something Ransom Riggs wrote without any real writer experience (which is a little frustrating and infuriating to a lot of people who are always trying to improve their writing or trying to publish their novels). The plot is wonderful, even the characters are great – but the writing is nothing special.
To sum it up, this book was enjoyable but not a page turner, though I definitely recommend it to those who liked the prequel because this book is better!