Hollow City by Ransom Riggs | Review

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Miss Peregrines: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs beside vintage photos that are included in the hardcover box set edition of the series and with a canvas pouch featuring a quote from the book on it.

4 stars

“I liked this idea: that peculiarness wasn’t a deficiency, but an abundance; that it wasn’t we who lacked something normals had, but they who lacked peculiarness. That we were more, not less.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this, it’s a great continuation of the series. It picks up directly where the previous book left off, with them rowing away from the island of Cairnholm. The high stakes were great, the time sensitive mission added a lot to the story. I also like the new additions and knowledge about the peculiar world we received.

“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.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages”Summary from Goodreads.

“We aren’t so different. Outcasts and wanderers all—souls clinging to the margins of the world.”

I thought the pacing was great, a good balance between action and lulls. Giving the characters and readers time to think about what happened and adjust to the new scenery or time loop.
However, I had an issue with some of the photos referenced/shown in Hollow City; they just didn’t feel like they gelled with the story like they did in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In the first book Jake came across the photos and then we got to see them throughout the book. Whereas this time the photos we see aren’t a part of the story, they are showing photos that were the inspiration for the scene. Since there is no one to have taken the photos.
I know it might be a petty thing to point out. But they made a point in the previous book of showing Jake come across the photos and the important role they played in helping him learn about the world of peculiardom. So this time when we are being shown photos that aren’t physically present in the text, but instead are showing characters or scenes that were just described in the book. It just didn’t gel as nicely with me, since there was that distinction in the previous book, because there is no way anyone took those photos.

Oh boy, that twist!! **SPOILER ALERT** Highlight white text to read it.

That Miss Peregrine wasn’t Miss Peregrine! Dang, it makes me want to reread that section and figure out how they made the switch!! However, it also makes me wonder about the film adaptations … if they make Hollow City into a film … well that twist can’t happen, or will have to be changed quite a bit. Since they show Miss Peregrine transform at the end of the film, she isn’t supposed to be able to transform which is why they are searching for a ymbryne to help her.

This was a solid sequel and I enjoyed all the new characters and time loops we experienced. I’m definitely enjoying this series and look forward to seeing where things go from here.

“There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery.
So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret.
Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder.”

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