Book Review: Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Hollow City coverTitle: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
ISBN: 9781594746123
Pages: 400
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

In this sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ,our favorite group of peculiar children is trying to escape their enchanted island and save their dear Miss Peregrine. In order to do that, they must  make their way to London, a war-torn London that is a target for German bombs during World War II, and face danger at every turn, unsure of whether they are too late to save their way of life.

Snapshot Review:

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children is the rare case of a sequel that is just as charming as the original novel. Readers will love the exciting story, unique premise, and vintage photograph that populate this book.

Full Review:

Fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children take note: the sequel to this unequaled, singular novel has arrived, and it’s just as good as the original. If you haven’t read the first novel, it’s a good idea to do that before diving into Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, as this sequel starts right where the previous book left off.

Riggs does a great job keeping the suspense high in Hollow City. There’s no artificialness here, no feeling that the author is stretching the storyline unnaturally to create another novel simply because the first was a runaway bestseller (let’s face it: that is, unfortunately, the disappointing reality of many sequels to successful novels). It’s organic and flows very well, seamlessly from the first novel. Jacob and his peculiar gang of misfits have all new adventures to face; it feels fresh and new, while also being familiar.

The vintage photographs that made the first novel so unique are back in full force in Hollow City. It’s so fun to read about a character and then actually be able to see them; this aspect of the book is so strange and wondrous, and makes reading it so much fun. There are definitely darker and more difficult aspects of this novel, so the photographs serve as a nice counterpoint to that, something that’s light and serves to make the reading experience more enjoyable.

Hollow City ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it stands alone well enough. Readers won’t be frustrated by the ending, as this feels like its own complete story. It’s going to be a difficult wait until the next book in the Miss Peregrine series, but it’s nice to know that Riggs has absolutely lived up to the high expectations from fans of this series with this sequel.

Other books by Ransom Riggs:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Comments

  1. I’ll come back and read this when I’ve read the book. I have a little idea in mind to read them both one after the other. I heard a nice segment on the radio:
    http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/01/23/peculiar-children-sequel

  2. I definitely need to get my hands on a copy of this one; not only did I love the first, but also one of my friends – who never reads – read and loved the first.

  3. I am so glad to read this review. I just recently read the first book and enjoyed the heck out of it. I will probably wait a bit to read the sequel but I’m so happy to hear it’s not a letdown.

  4. I’m thankful for your review of this novel as well. I am so skeptical of sequels and I enjoyed the first book. Now I will know it won’t be a waste of time to check out Hollow City

  5. I can’t wait to read this one, after enjoying Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so much!

  6. I am looking forward to getting to this sooner rather than later!

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