February 1, 2015

Wicked Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Published: January 14, 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series: Miss Peregrine #2
Acquired: Borrowed Paperback

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.

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.

The whole thing is an epic journey of epic proportions! The peculiars are lost. They have nothing and their home is gone and Miss Peregrine is now a bird. World War II is underway. Wights are wreaking havoc in all peculiardom.

Jacob's abilities in sensing hollows seemed to have developed slowly. His body is now a hollowgast compass. I always thoughts Jacob as a mere 12 year old like how I pictured the peculiars. But he isn't. He's a teenager and he's in love with Emma. The romance aspect is like a breath of fresh air amidst the war and dark days ahead. I learned so much about the lore of the peculiars, like how it all started, the different loops and the secrets.

Not only did Jacob grow up emotionally, physically and mentally, do did the others. Now that they are no longer in their comfort zones, they seemed to be adapting in the scary world outside their loop. Emma, Enoch, Bronwyn, Horace, Hugh, Olive, Fiona, and Claire each have their own scary pasts and I am in awe of what they have experienced and their wisdom is something to be reckoned with.

But what book is complete without a major plot twist. Plot twist to battle to all the plot twists in all of peculiardom.

And the cliffhanger ending. I need book 3, Ransom Riggs!

Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker best known for the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Riggs was born in Maryland on a 200 year old farm, and grew up in Florida where he attended the Pine View School for the Gifted. He studied English literature at Kenyon College, and studied film at the University of Southern California. His work on short films for the Internet and blogging for Mental Floss got him a job writing The Sherlock Holmes Handbook which was released as a tie-in to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film.
Riggs had collected curious vernacular photographs and approached his publisher, Quirk Books, about using some of them in a picture book. On the suggestion of an editor, Riggs used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. The resulting book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children which made The New York Times Best Seller list.
Another book inspired by old photographs, Talking Pictures was published by Harper Collins in October 2012. The sequel Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Children was released January 14, 2014.

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