Hollow City: Miss Peregrine’s for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Monday, August 29th 2016

“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
Published by Quirk Books on February 24th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 412
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three-stars

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.


three-stars

“What I believe is that when it comes to big things in life, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. You are here for a reason — and it’s not to fail and die.”

Hollow  City by Ransom Riggs, is the second book within Miss Pereigrine’s School for Peculiar Children. This book starts much like the first book very slow. There were many scenarios that I found really pushed the walls of my logical imagination, but also there were many suspension of belief while reading that really were a work of fiction, even within fantasy. The characters did not have an easy journey within Hollow City, however I did feel that the author had a hard time trying to connect his plots twist ant turns around the casting of his own collection of Victorian photographs.The more I read, the more questions I had about the characters, the journey, that kept being ignored instead of answered. The vibe I received while reading was reminiscent of “A Series of Unformatted Events”, yet I found it very odd that Peculiar children are so rare yet they kept bumping into at least one Peculiar child in every group they encountered, extremely odd.

Many who read Miss Peregrine’s first and second book constantly talk about ho the love the old photos that accompany the story, I however really feel that there is a discount between the photos, with the actual plot points. I would have preferred fewer photos, or none at all if that meant a better quality of story telling. Perhaps creating the story then publish a series of photos that sintered the Peculiar Children, and adults?

I felt hat there was to many meaningless fillers within the children’s journey,, the same journey that was pressed for time. One example of this was when the group meant the Gypsy camp. The group meant a young boy who was not only Peculiar but also disappearing, turning invisible one boy part at a time with rapid speed. The narrative stops to focus on this scene where he pleased to go with the group because he does not feel that he “belongs” with the Gypsy anymore, that he is Peculiar, and there fore want’s to be with “Peculiar” people. Needless to say they left him with the Gypsy group, nor did they come back from him once the danger was over. Nor was the Invisible Gypsy boy ever mentioned within the last book, “Library of Souls”. With the Gypsy Boy not being added within the groups numbers, and no wisdom imparted by this new characters pleading to our group of Peculiar Children, it only makes the reader wonder. . . Was that scene, the characters, and that moment even necessary? There was no truly great wisdom nor new information gathered by that moment. We could have done without that useless scene and spent more time creating better plot points. There was another photo of a man in a clown suit with a caravan setting in the background, and hat is just how subtle his introduction to the storyline. We as readers never know what made the clown Peculiar, even though he harasses the children to learn about their individual Peculiarity for their feeble army. Nor did any of the characters within the caravan tourist loop enlighten us on what the Clown’s peculiarity was. That photo, and it’s adjacent character could have been tucked signed.by the time I was 75% done with the book, I was truly hoping the book would either pick up the pace with a earth shattering plot reveal or end my suffering. That being said I since I have finished the series, I do know that what really caused me to be a fan of this author and the series is the ending of “Library of Souls” and not the events that occurred within the first book, nor the second.
The end of “Hollow City” through me for a mental brain loop since the twist and built up the action. It left off at a good place while making me want to read the next book right away, which I did of course.

That being said the best moment for me in this book was the killer bee scene, what I don’t understand his Fiona! How could she be gone? Everyone else is fine but the girl with the power of agriculture, who was attack in a menagerie? Are you serious!

I find myself loving Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children series because of my love the characters he’s created (Olive), rather than my heart falling in love with the book series through character development, plot reveals, or though provoking revelations that will stay with me until the end of days. I can clearly see how this book series has become over hyped because of the physical appearances of the book, young goths love for all things Victorian, and the ever growing  love we have for trying to be different, or staying peculiar. As much as I love the character’s he’s created, my heart can’t fall in love with this book to ignore the serious questions that went unanswered, the unnecessary characters, that orated to the vintage photos in the book. Giving Hollow City, like it’s fellow book a solid 3 star rating!
Happy Reading Ya’ll

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