10) Hollow City

Book Two of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

By: Ransom Riggs

Date Finished: 03.26.14

by Ransom Riggs

“Do you ever find yourself climbing into an open grave during a bombing raid,” I said, “and just wish you’d stayed in bed?”

So it had come to this: everything depended on a pigeon.

The peculiar children are in danger and do everything they can to stay ahead of it.  (Seriously, I don’t know how to add any more detail without spoiling the first book entirely.)

Oh my gracious, what a difference a book makes!  Miss Peregrine’s is a good first novel, but this second book is much smoother.  On the whole, the pictures flow seamlessly with the narrative — more often than not, when I tried to guess what was in the upcoming photo, I was wrong.  Considering how contrived the pictures were in the first book, being wrong was a profound relief.

Plot-wise, it’s a travelling story with obstacles.  Lots and lots of obstacles.  There were times I wondered if it was going anywhere in particular, but it was interesting enough to see the children interact with the outside world, especially in the midst of World War Two in England.  Whenever someone decides that hanging out in the middle of a blitz is the safest option, you know I’m hooked.  The end has some nice surprises and provides a slick set up for the third book.  For me, the biggest hang up with this book is the excessive arguing.  With the large cast that Riggs does well to maintain, disagreements are only natural, but begin to drag down the story after a certain point.

Overall, I liked the shape of it, I liked the sequences, and I loved where it ended – cliffhanger notwithstanding.  I’m happy to see how much his writing has progressed and am definitely excited to keep following his books.

(This book will always have a special place in my heart because I attended my very first book signing for it.  I only found out about the event because I had a dream about the third book and in the morning looked up the release date of this one.  Hollow City hit stores three days before my dream and Riggs came into town the next day.  It was meant to be!)

At the end of the day: Really for me

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