Saturday, April 12, 2014

Book Review

Hollow City
by Ransom Riggs


Disclaimer:  I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.



This book is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine series, the first of which I LOVED.  If you haven't read the first novel, I wouldn't read the rest of this review, because I'm definitely going to spoil something.

This book picks up immediately after the first one ends, and the action doesn't stop.  The kids are desperate to get Miss Peregrine the help she needs, as well as find a safe loop where they can hide from the Wights and Hollows that are hot on their trail. 

Since the first book concentrated more on the relationship between Emma and Jacob, I was under the impression that there were a LOT of Peculiar children living with Miss Peregrine.  It turns out there are only ten (including Jacob), which is a much more reasonable amount of characters to have to worry about in an on-the-run sort of storyline. 

There's more of a focus on Peculiar history in this book, as the children have to rely a lot on old maps and Peculiar folklore to find others like themselves.  Jacob's power develops and becomes a lot more helpful, which gives him a sense of purpose and a bit more confidence. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next installment.  The only negative thing I have to say is that the photo gimmick is getting a little old.  The photos in this one weren't nearly as captivating, and some of the scenarios in which they were used seem a bit stretched.  As if Riggs just really liked the photo and came up with an excuse to use it that didn't really fit in with the story.  The whole point behind the photos in the first novel was that they had already been taken and were being used to teach Jacob about the Peculiars and his grandfather's past.  There's a brief moment in the last book that suggests they brought a camera with them when they escaped the island and are taking photos from THIS book as they go.  But that really doesn't make sense in a LOT of the situations where the photos were used.  So, maybe we need to ease up on that.



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