Friday, May 8, 2015
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.
I've started several books in the last two months and not finished them. It wasn't necessarily because they were bad, I just set several deadlines for my own writing. If the book didn't suck me in I easily slipped back into my own world.
It's been quite a while since I read the first book in this series--Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I enjoyed that book, but it took a while for me to settle into the writing and world. That could be why I waited so long to read the next book. I was afraid of picking up another book I wouldn't feel the need to finish.
However, I was easily back in Rigg's world from page one. The story picked up right where we left off and the action and tension didn't stop. Now that I've finished, I can barely wait until the third book comes out in September. I'm also starting to feel like Rigg's skill in world building and the ability to make me care for the characters is right up there with JK Rowling, but in his own peculiar way.
Jacob's peculiar skills are growing, as are his feelings for Emma. For the first time, he's living an adventure, doing something extraordinary. Somehow our little band of peculiar's have managed to make it to the mainland and stay alive.
I loved the twists and turns, the choices, the consequences, the moments when the least likely one gets to be hero. The whole time they're wandering London I kept wondering, where's Jacob's grandfather? They never meet up with him in this book, but the writer in me keeps waiting for it. I mean, we are moving through time loops that should overlap with an earlier version of his grandfather's life.
All in all, I loved the writing, loved the path the story is taking and I can't wait to see where we go next. I give the second book in the series a solid 5.
My rating scale for book reviews
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure