My Book Review of Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I have been reading the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children novels for a while. I picked up the first one before December last year. I then received the Peculiar Tales, which is like a novella, for Christmas and I read that in January. I then made the horrible decision to watch the film. I absolutely adore Eva Green but this film was a bit of flop compared to the book. I know people say you shouldn’t compare books and films but when the series has only recently come out people are going to compare.
So after that experience I didn’t really feel like carry on with the series. I felt like I had been let down. However, this month I decided that I didn’t want to leave the series on such a low point, especially when I loved reading the books. I began reading Hollow City on the 3rd and finished around the 8th, I absolutely through this book and now I can’t wait to read the third. I feel silly for not reading it sooner now but I love it nonetheless. Without further ado let’s jump right into the review.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs is a Brilliant Book
Firstly, I would like to talk about the series in general. The series offers a lot of twist and tales but more than that, it offers strong values. That it’s okay to be scared, sometimes that scared feeling can be your saving grace. It’s okay to be different, being different isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it’s probably better to be different. You have so much more to offer the world if you are different and if you stand out rather someone that blends into the background. As young adults we spend our lives wishing to be normal, normal doesn’t exist. Give in to your peculiarness and it will take you to incredible places.
Now let’s discuss the book itself. The book was definitely a filler, whilst we did learn a lot about the groups abilities, it did seem like this novel was a bit of a set up for the peculiar tales. It also felt like the writer knew where he wanted the characters to end up and in order to get there he used a lot of exposition. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved reading Hollow City and I actually like it more than the first book. However, if this was a TV show I could’ve probably watched the first and last five minutes and still got the gist. That being said, let’s move on to my favourite highlights of the book.
Peculiar Highlights from Reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
One of my favourite things about reading this series, and this book in particular, is that if I put it down anywhere it freaks people out. I left it on our kitchen table one night and my girlfriend freaked. I mean, it is understandable, there is a spooky kid with a hole in her chest on the front. In regards to the plot, my favourite storyline that hasn’t been explored that much, is Hugh. Hugh and his bees save the day a lot in this book but it definitely takes its toll on Hugh. As many people know when a bee stings someone it dies, Hugh loses a friend when this happens and I think it something that is only discussed briefly but it’s such an interesting part of the story. It makes a big reference to how these small creatures have a huge effect on our lives.
Another highlight, is seeing the characters powers flourish, a few of the characters learn things about themselves that they didn’t know they could do. It’s nice to see that character development expressed through their peculiarity. I also liked the exploration of the peculiar world in a geographical sense, understanding a map of their world compared to a map of ours. The transitions between time and location were really good and a lot slicker from the first book. The first book tended to blur the lines between present and 40’s but this novel did a good job of making those transitions clear.
Predictions for the Third Novel in the Peculiar Series
- Millard will become visible – A lot of hints have been dropped throughout that it is possible to control his invisibility so I think that that is something we are going to see next.
- Jacob and Emma are end Game – They have got to end up together otherwise it’s been a waste of 800 pages.
- Jacob Becomes King of the Hollows – He has already shown that his powers are growing and that he is learning to control the hollows so I think he will be able to control multiple hollows.