“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.
Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.
Compared to the first book, this novel was absolutely phenomenal. The faults I had with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children disappeared here and it was obvious how much Ransom Riggs had developed as both a writer and story-teller.
This whole series is very heavily character based and a lot of the stress of keeping a reader hooked fell, in my opinion, on the characters instead of the plot. With fewer characters in this book to begin with I feel this gave me as a reader a better opportunity to appreciate just how much detail went into each and every of the Peculiar Children.
The plot was much better in this book, although at times slow, there was less dwelling on thoughts and repeating the same ideas over and over. Instead, new problems were introduced, secrets unveiled and a hell of a lot more excitement!
The pictures in this book were probably the only problem I had with it. I don’t usually talk about pictures at all in a book but seeing as a lot of this series is built around these images it did feel much less so in this book. Although that would be expected as the basic plot had already been formulated in the first book. There were just not as much as when there were pictures they weren’t as insanely ‘peculiar’.
Overall, to be completely honest I didn’t feel this book suffered from ‘second book syndrome’ at all; to be completely honest it felt the first book did more so. This was an amazing sequel, and it hurts me to think that I will have to wait until next year for the paperback edition of Library of Souls to be released!