Original publish date: 23 April 2014
So the other day, @ericsmithrocks (who totally lives up to his Twitter handle) of Quirk Books, publishers of Ransom Riggs’s Hollow City, the sequel of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, gave me a copy of Hollow City. Needless to say, I was stoked and couldn’t wait to read it since I enjoyed the first book so much. It catapaulted to the top of my to-read list.
And this was me while reading it:
Uh huh. Flips page.
Okay. Flips page.
Oooooooooo. Frantically flips pages as fast as eyes will move (and comprehend the material).
There aren’t enough pages left. More? More! MORE? MORE!!
And then I see the last page that says there’s another installment coming soon. I’m relieved, but also want that next installment now, you know, that whole instant gratification thing we’ve become so accustomed to.
Joining Jacob, Emma, and the other peculiars after their loop was destroyed by the wights, we’re taken on a trip to find other loops and ymbrynes to save Miss Peregrine and their way of life through the English countryside and London circa the 1940s.
The story progesses rather quickly, such that I hardly noticed that the book is nearly 400 pages. The accompanying photos with the text were interspersed and subtely referenced in the text well and offered a different dimension to the story for the reader. And just when I thought that everything would be happily resolved, there is a twist thrown into the story–cue disbelief of not enough pages from reading process above.
There’s hope, despair, and, above all, ingenuity throughout the story, and I can’t help but agree with the blurb John Green has on the back of the book: “Tense, moving, and wonderously strange…The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.” While this was about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, it definitely applies to Hollow City as it continues the story seamlessly.
Definitely would recommend.
5 out of 5 stars.