“Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.”
― 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 fell in love with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and then I was blown away by Hollow City. It’s just such a different concept than anything out there. I was intrigued by the make of the book with the first one but the plot just got better in the second one.
The gang of Peculiar children have set out to save Miss Peregrine’s from permanently being stuck as a bird. They make their way to London in the 1940’s while also going in and out of different loops in search of another ymbryne to help save their headmistress. They stumble across a menagerie of peculiar animals, a group of darker peculiar children who’s loop is located in some catacombs of London’s seedy underground, and another peculiar child who is unaligned with any loop or ymbryne and her normal sister.
They must survive the war and bombs that are falling on London as they try and find Miss Wren, another ymbryne who may be their only hope. Then they must face the deceit of Miss Peregrine’s brother Caul, a wight who is trying to capture them and take their peculiar souls.
This book is action packed from the get-go. They are constantly trying to survive the Hollowgasts, war and wight soldiers, distrustful peculiars, and the fact they haven’t left their own loop in many, many years. Jacob learns to wield his power better and feels like he has found his place in the world but Emma makes him question himself when she implores him to go back to his own time for his safety and so that he can still be a part of his own family.
Their relationship, along with the bond of all the other peculiar children grows. They learn to lean on each other and they begin to test the limits of their special abilities. The book ends with almost as much trouble they were in, in the beginning of the book. But now it’s up to Jacob and Emma and the magical menagerie to save the peculiar children, the ymbrynes, their souls and the world from the wights and Hollowgasts who are even closer to making themselves Demigods. Their goal is to completely take over the modern world and have the normal people bow down to them.
And Jacob is left with the decision of staying and fighting or leaving to be with his family in the modern world. Can the peculiar children survive being in the modern world without a loop to keep them all from aging?
I gave this one 5/5 stars because it was awesome. I’m anxiously waiting for Library of Souls to come out in paperback so that I can add it to my collection.