Hollow City by Ransome Riggs Book Review

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: January 14, 2014

In this second installment of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends have been forced to flee their home and make their way to London in hopes of helping Miss Peregrine. Being hunted at every turn, Jacob must also decide whether his place is with the Peculiars in 1940 or whether he should return home, either way, there will be dire consequences.

Part fantasy, part historical fiction, and all adventure, Hollow City is exactly what I want from a sequel. It began exactly where the last book left off, with no backtracking or long paragraphs devoted to already known information. What this should say then is, if you haven't read the first book, then you should definitely not read the second. I am okay with series that do this. Much like television shows, I never begin with episode 10 in he middle of the series, yet the television networks assume that I haven't been watching so they throw in a 'previously on Supernatural', which is basically an intro that gives away the plot of this weeks current episode. Thank you Mr. Riggs for assuming that I read the first book.

The pacing is quick, almost galloping, for these children have only three days to make it to London. Although this number felt rather arbitrary and was probably used in order to speed up the story, it did feel a little forced. However, the story itself and the many twists and turns (that I am trying very hard not to give away) where excellent. I couldn't have guessed where things were going and I can tell you, by the end, I was very concerned for the future of all our favorite characters. I don't know if this is going to be a trilogy or not, but if Riggs keeps writing like this with all those incredible photographs, I would read a dozen books about these peculiar children.