Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them-but she’s trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine.

But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Rating: 3*

Recommended For: 12+

Themes: Identity and acceptance, friendship, good and evil

LGBTQIA+ Content: None.

The continuation of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine series, this was good – but not great.

Jacob and co. find themselves not just in need of a new home, but in need of help too. Miss Peregrine is stuck in her bird form, leaving the children to venture to London in search of help.

There were some surprises on their journey and I admit I didn’t see the twist at the end. However, as a sequel to the first novel, this book had a lot to live up to and missed the mark. I think with how much originality and spark was in the first book, the second needed to go a long way to match it. Unfortunately it doesn’t. In some ways it felt like Riggs was overstretching to continue to deliver “peculiardom.”

Overall, a decent read, but not brilliant.

No LGBTQIA+ content, but I wasn’t expecting any.

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Ziv Gray View All →

#Queer writer of #YAFantasy and #YALGBT content. Blogger of all things #YA and writing help.

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