Hollow City – Ransom Riggs


Hollow City is the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, following on from where the first book left of. Set in 1940, the children have escaped from the island with Miss Peregrine in tow; they are on the run and trying to stay safe from the wights and the hollows that hunt them. Meeting new and unusual characters along the way the children must trek to London and receive the help they need. It is a fun and exciting read with unexpected situations around every corner. It would be hard to find a novel like it, a true one of a kind reading experience.

It was tough getting back into this world and getting to know the characters again since I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children last year. It was a unique world to wrap one’s head around with peculiar children exhibiting immense powers and capabilities, a world of good and evil and even a world parallel to our own. It opened the doors of fantasy that I had never walked through before and gave me a taste of something I thoroughly enjoyed. I took my time with the first few chapters but it wasn’t long before I was hooked and drawn into battle.

Riggs takes intriguing to an entirely new level with his imagination and writing, constructing a fast paced plot that takes the reader on a journey through the countryside and the bustling city of London during World War II.  One of my favourite scenes is how he describes the setting in a central London station during the time of evacuation when children were sent to the countryside. Riggs has a way with words, a talent to painting the scene in a readers mind so vivid it plays out like a motion picture. I felt that each page flowed into the next with helpful breaks throughout the chapters and the layout of two parts.

I found revisiting the characters an enjoyable part of reading Hollow City, this series contains some of the most vibrant and interesting characters I have ever read about. I particularly like Hugh and how his character had some substantial roles in this plot. As the children travel together there is a good chance for readers to see what the children can actually do with their abilities. The first book was a great introduction to the characters and their abilities but this plot tests them and their skills.

This plot has so much feeling and action that I found it hard to put down. It felt like with every page turn there was uncertainty to what would happen next, the pages were filled with action and meetings, drama and movement. Jumping from different worlds filled with magic and wonder and then back to a war ridden England balanced the fantasy with reality making an exciting plot for the reader. The final few chapters really blew me away with an unsuspecting twist and I was very tempted to pick up the third book and delve back into the story however I had to refrain because of the time at night.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads as I found it was an extraordinary read and in some respect I enjoyed it more than the first one. I can’t say whether this is because I was familiar with this world and from the first few pages the plot jumped straight into the action but either way I think it will make a very good on-screen adaptation. I can’t wait to open the pages of the third book and see where the story goes. If you haven’t read this series yet it’s not to be missed!


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