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Wednesday Book Review: Hollow City

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Title: Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Genre: Fantasy

Book Procurement: Bought at Exclusive Books Greenstone

Synopsis: (Back of book | Amazon)

September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them—but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. 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. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

“A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”—Boston Globe

Bonus features:
• Sneak preview of the third Peculiar Children novel
• Exclusive Q&A with Ransom Riggs
• Never-before-seen peculiar photography

Back of Book

My Review:

I began the first book quite a while ago (last year sometime – maybe even 2014?) and I thoroughly enjoyed the wild, somewhat awkward adventures of Yakob (Jacob) and his discovery of the Peculiar world as well as his own hidden peculiarity.

We last left Jacob and the Peculiars in quite a dire situation, and you would think that the second novel would at least put them on the path of peace and quiet. However in a world infested with Wights and Hollows, with so many of the Loops raided and hardly anyone to reach out to; their only hope trapped in the body of a bird, well… peace and quiet is furthest thing they will find.

The story is paced wonderfully well, the characters so real and true to themselves that it’s easy to forget they are fictional, which is how well written they are. The combination of story and Riggs’ images, augments the story rather than distracts, giving a rounder feel to the tale and giving a glimpse into the peculiar world where the story takes place.

Thrills. Spills. Peculiarities. Love. Hope. Fear. All the ingredients that left me shocked, happy, sad and a convoluted mess of emotions.

Rating: A solid 4 out of 5

 

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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