Trigger Warnings: Animal death; Bombings; Death of a child; Death of a grandfather (recounted); Knife violence; Stabbing; War themes; World War Two
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read the first book in the series (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as Hollow City develops the storyline further, before the explosive third book, Library of Souls.
Hollow City is the second book in the ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ series by Ransom Riggs. The settings are completely different, which includes different loops. Although as readers, we naturally don’t like change in settings, the new settings allow us to see more of Peculiardom, which is enhanced by Millard’s fountain of knowledge about their world. This book has the same style as its predecessor, with vintage photographs to enhance the storytelling. Again, this is not the best book to read late at night, but I never learn (despite this being the second time I have read this book)! Make sure that when you finish this book, you have Library of Souls nearby. Without spoiling anything, this book ends on even more of a cliffhanger than the first book does, and you will definitely want to start the last book in the series as soon as you put Hollow City down. The first time that I read this book (March/April 2018), I read the final sentence of Hollow City and immediately dived to my bookshelf and started reading Library of Souls.
Hollow city picks up from exactly where Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ends. Jacob Portman, Emma Bloom, Bronwyn Bruntley, Millard Nullings, Olive Abroholos Elephanta, Horace Somnusson, Enoch O’Connor, Hugh Apiston, Fiona Frauenfeld, Claire Densmore and Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine are sailing in boats from Cairnholm to the mainland of Wales. As Miss Peregrine is unable to change into her human form, the children are travelling to England to get help from another loop. The year is 1940, as Miss Peregrine’s wards would age forward if they stayed in the present day.
Overall, this book is as amazing as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Again, for me, one of the standout features is the vintage photographs scattered amongst the pages of this book. As a reader, I like to visualise the story in my head as I’m reading, and the photographs help me to do this. At the beginning, I did find it difficult to adjust to the new settings, as the first book is primarily based in Cairnholm, with the beginning in Florida. What I would say though is that I do have an unanswered question from this book. There were no ymbrynes present in the menagerie loop or the St Paul’s Cathedral loop, similar to the loop on Cairnholm. Therefore, how were the children able to travel in and out of the loops, when Emma told Jacob that once their loop closed (the reset didn’t happen), he might not be able to get back out of it? Or are they still able to access the loop as it hasn’t needed a reset since the ymbrynes have left? I’ll ask this on Goodreads, and I’ll post on here if I get a response that clears this up. If you can answer this question, please leave a reply. This book was just as fast paced as the first book, and I would say that anyone who has enjoyed the first book should defininitely read the rest of this series, as the children go on a massive journey to save Peculiardom.
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Thank you for reading this post. On Wednesday, I will be recommending my favourite fantasy books.