Hollow City, book two in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, is even better than the first book. Having already introduced readers to the world of peculiars in book one, Ransom Riggs is free to explore it further and to move the plot along in unexpected and interesting new directions while expanding the world he has created.
The end of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children saw the peculiars leaving their home island and time loop in search of some way of saving their mentor and teacher, Miss Peregrine, who was stuck in the form of a hawk. The Hollow City picks up where the first book left off, with the children in three rowboats on the sea, trying to avoid hunters, both natural and monstrous.
The result is a book that moves more quickly and is more confident of its setting and unique aspects. Too, the interpersonal relationships are more strongly established. In particular, the relationship between Jacob and Emma gets more attention. It is more than a little odd for a girl to be in love with the grandson of her former boyfriend, and I was concerned when book one treated the relationship as more or less a straight love story. In Hollow City, however, the issue is confronted directly as Jacob and Emma try to figure things out. The other peculiar children have good moments too, as they try to negotiate a world they have not seen in centuries. There is bravery, strange sights, heroism, and visits to new loops and new peculiars. Also, there’s one stunning cliffhanger at the end.
The haunting little vignettes and strange pictures from the past that inspired Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children are still present, forming an integral part of the story.
It is conceivable that a newcomer to the series could follow this tale, but it is definitely a second book, and, since both books are good, there is no reason not to pick up both books and every reason to do so.
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