Hollow City (2014) – Ransom Riggs

 

The adventure that began in Miss Peregrine’s  Home for Peculiar Children continues in this next installment, and let me say, and this one, the second book of the trilogy (or at least I think it’s a trilogy) is very much the Empire Strikes Back of the series. In that you know it’s the middle act, you’ve already been introduced to the characters, and now, well now, we’re going to put them all the characters in a darker place and it’s going to end with our heroes in dire straits, waiting, rather impatiently for the next book.

Picking up from where the first book ends, this tale follows Jacob, Emma, and the rest of the peculiar children escape from the island, with their teacher Miss Peregrine, trapped in her bird form. Eluding hollows and wights, they make for the English coast, hoping to find a loop, protection, and a way to return Peregrine to her human form.

They travel to London, using clues in the Peculiar Tales book, but once there, they find themselves facing a war-torn city, with danger lurking around every corner.

Once again, Riggs has compiled some fantastic pictures, a couple of them have, obviously been tweaked but a number of them are fantastic, and some a little creepy.

Riggs keeps the story moving, and upon reflection, plot-wise not a lot really happens in this book, it’s simply about moving our heroes from one location to another, with a couple reveals and shocks along the way. It is definitely more about staging the next book. Not that it isn’t enjoyable, because it really is, I quite like the way he crafts his story, but in the end, not a lot really happens in this one, but it doesn’t happen in the best of ways.

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It still feels very much like a different take on the X-Men, with time-jumping, and of course the photographs…

Which leads me to worry about the film adaptation that is coming, I hope they do it right, but part of the novel things in this story are the photographs, which probably won’t have much to do with the film when it’s made.

That being said, I have no doubt I will see the films when they come along, and hopefully they are translated well enough to convey the horror, the excitement, the love story, and the frequent humor.

I love how the characters are crafted, and there are some wonderful moments with all of them, and they have been developed rather nicely. And the idea that they have been children/teens for so very long, aware of their age, and yet still childlike in so many ways.

Still, there are times when the romance with Emma and Jacob is a little off-putting when you think about how old she may really be.

Nonetheless, I highly enjoyable read, and I eagerly look forward to the next installment.

Have you read them yet? What about the graphic novel?

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