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.
But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner.
Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience.
Hardcover, 396 pages
Three stars: An action packed book with no pay out.
The Peculiar Orphans made a daring escape after rescuing their beloved head mistress, Miss Peregrine. Unfortunately for the small band of orphans, things have gone from bad to worse. They now are in the ocean in small rowboats, trying desperately to row to shore, knowing that if they don't make it by nightfall, the Wights will rise up in their submarines and capture them. The sea is rough and land is so far away. Miss Peregrine seems to be trapped in her bird form, she can't change back to a human and help them. Can the Peculiar Orphans once again evade the Wights and the Hollows and save their beloved Miss Peregrine?
What I Liked:
- I have anxiously been awaiting this sequel for almost three years. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Orphans was one of my favorite reads of 2011, so I was excited to finally see how the story would continue. I wasn't disappointed with the action, the characters and the exciting new vintage photos that further enhance the story. This is a highly imaginative, creative and entertaining series!
- I absolutely love the inclusion of the photos in the book. I appreciate that most are actual vintage photographs, many were purchased at flea markets. According to the note at the end, most are unaltered with a few exceptions. I find the pictures absolutely fascinating, and I couldn't help but wonder if Mr. Riggs had a stack of photos picked out that he wrote his story around, or if he wrote his story and then went out and found the photos to illustrate it? I think the first conjecture is likely the most accurate because the photos match the descriptions in the book almost perfectly. I can tell you to read this series for the pictures alone as they are so intriguing. I would recommend when reading this series to read either the physical book, or if you are so inclined to do an ebook, I would suggest reading it on a tablet device so you can see the photos. I made the mistake of reading the first book on my Kindle and I had a hard time making out some of the pictures.
- I was thrilled to be reunited with the beloved peculiar orphans. I liked seeing how they banded together, fought to survive and worked together for a common goal. Things are not easy for the ragtag band of orphans with eccentric talents in this book. They are in constant danger, which hardly lets up throughout. I admired their courage, and how they didn't give up. There are resourceful and loyal, and they look out for each other. I have grown quite fond of these orphans, and I am most anxious to see how their story ends.
- One of my favorite aspects of the book was the inclusion of a few Peculiar Tales, they in a sense were fables that ended up having a huge bearing on the story.
- As in the first book, there are plenty of twists and surprises, including a jaw dropper at the end that totally left me stunned. I honestly have no idea what I am going to get when I read these books, and I love being surprised.
And The Not So Much:
- Unfortunately, the biggest let down of the book for me was that it felt like it wasn't really getting anywhere. It became a constant barrage of the orphans running, hiding and escaping from the deadly Wights and Hollows. They do have one main goal in mind, and that is to save Miss Peregrine. Then after all the drama, danger and action, the reader gets to the end to find a slap in the face cliffhanger. Practically nothing is resolved and things are left hanging in a horrible place. I was so frustrated to reach the end for no pay out! I can only hope that the wait isn't as long for the next book or I will likely give up on the series.
- I struggled terribly with book amnesia as it has been close to three years since I read the first book. Unfortunately, there is little recap and I was a bit lost. This is definitely not a series you can read out of order or you will be hopelessly confused.
- I loved the snarky humor that was present in the first book, and I found it notably absent in this installment. Jacob has lost his sarcastic voice, and I thought a bit of much needed comedic relief would have been nice, but there is no humor in this one.
- I also thought the writing wasn't as wonderful in this one. The first book was filled with amazing detail and descriptions, and this book didn't have the same draw.
- I hate to say it, but I think this book suffered a bit from the dreaded second book syndrome as it does little to move the plot and the character growth is minimal. Too much time was spent on running and hiding.
Hollow City was a fast paced adventure with plenty of danger and jaw dropping surprises. Unfortunately, the book has another horrific cliffhanger and there is practically no resolution after all the effort, which I found extremely disappointing. I do like the creative storyline, interesting characters and most of all the vintage photographs, so I will continue the series, I just hope it isn't another three years before the next book releases.
“But the more I learned about him, the longer his shadow became, and the more impossible it seemed that I could ever matter the way he had.”
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.