I took quite a long break between reading the first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and reading this sequel. The first book was good, but I wouldn’t have considered it to be one of my favorites. This was the reason that I didn’t end up continuing to read the series. However, after much egging on from my friend, I asked her to loan it to me and I started to read. Warning: There are spoilers from the first book in this review!
Title: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Age Group: Middle and high schoolers
My Rating: 4/4 stars
Jacob and the peculiar children have fled their island, with Miss Peregrine in tow. For now, Miss Peregrine is stuck in bird form. When the children reach land and find a loop filled with peculiar animals, they begin to understand just how dire Miss Peregrine’s situation has become. They decide to travel to London to find Miss Wren, the only person left who can save their ymbryne. To their disappointment, finding Miss Wren is harder than they expected. To complicate matters, not everyone is who they seem and the children must deal with everything on their own.
I was instantly captivated by the author’s phenomenal use of words and the intriguing new plot for the second novel. For instance, the first sentence of the book is quoted here: “We rowed out through the harbor, past bobbing boats weeping rust from their seams, past juries of silent seabirds roosting atop the barnacled remains of sunken docks, past fisherman who lowered their nets to stare frozenly as we slipped by, uncertain whether we were real or imagined; a procession of waterborne ghosts, or ghosts soon to be.” The sentence may be long, but it flows so smoothly. I love the part about weeping rust!
I would recommend this book because, in my opinion, it not only improved magnificently on the first book, but also was a better book overall. You’ll notice I rated it a four. The first book, again, wasn’t one of my top books, but now that I’ve read the sequel, it’s my new favorite series! So, if you’ve read the first book then I strongly suggest taking a chance on Hollow City.