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Hollow City: The Second Novel Of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Quirk Books | January 14, 2014 | Hardcover

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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.

“A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”—Boston Globe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.48 × 5.49 × 1.13 in

Published: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Quirk Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594746125

ISBN - 13: 9781594746123

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much closer dynamic to the photos, the story more diverse than the first. The sequel to Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, this again is a novel that combines a fantasy that works quite well into how children may have perceived the second World War, the lives of what were once refered to as 'freaks' in a carnival, the lives of children who have become orphaned through whatever means, and many more. To be honest, these children are not children at all. If they stepped out of their time loop they would be very old; where they are they remain forever ageless. Ransom Riggs has taken a group of antique photos he has found throughout several years and extracted a story from the mix. Some are perfectly normal photos of the past century, some are obviously from various carnivals, all have become a story. Not the story of the photos, but a strange and compelling story gleaned via Ransom's own imagination of what they imply, and in some cases I suspect stories related through research. The author has created a hidden world in his books. Are the photos creating the story? Or is the story the basis of the search for the photos? I think in this second book it is quite obvious that the photos inspire the story, perhaps more so than the first book. Regardless, it is out of the collection and the search that the story has been born. The photos are real. In fact, one I recognize because I once collected old postcards and in the process happened to see it. Personally, I think this is a wonderful method of creation. The imagination flows from each photo into a complete, at times war-torn, world. A complete life story has come from each personal photo, though some are pretty far-fetched, it is a fantasy after all. The monsters the 'peculiar' children are so terrified of appear to almost be an allegory of the monsters of war. Considering most of the story in their hidden time loop is in 1940, this makes sense. But it is also a love story, a group of individual children that are different becoming strong in their individualities, especially in their search for help for their injured guardian, Miss Peregrine. Regardless, this unique method has produced interesting concepts in both books and may just change the way 'different' people are viewed. Middle grade and up.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from very disappointing after book 1 Hollow City. Hollow City. Where do I begin with you? After finishing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I had such high hopes for this book. The first book ended with such a dramatic cliff hanger that I immediately started Hollow City right after to find out what happens. And I did. Except it wasn't as epic as I was hoping it to be. On average, it takes me about a week to finish a book (I'm a slow reader), a couple of days if it's a really good book, and usually no more than two weeks if the book isn't that great. It took me a month to finish Hollow City. Every time I'd pick it up it was a dreaded session. Had I not loved the first book so much, I think I would've dropped this book from the first 100 pages. This book was slow. Like turtle-speed slow. I found a lot of events that occurred were irrelevant and took too long to explain. In a book where romance isn't a big priority, I do appreciate there being more action or something else to grab the reader. This book had nothing. The entirety of the book was revolved around this one specific goal that at the end, was never accomplished because guess what? There's a third book. To me, I felt as if Hollow City was simply a filler novel. Out of the total 400 pages of the book, it wasn't until around halfway through that I felt somewhat interested in what was happening. Probably in the last 50 pages is when I really wanted to know what happens because it was this big build up to find out if what the characters were trying to accomplish was going to work. By the time I finally managed to finish this book, I was extremely disappointed with the outcome. I was looking for more and I didn't get any. With all of this, I don't think I'll be picking up the third book when it comes out (some time next year?). Sorry Ransom!
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner i thought this book would be more exciting, but it did put a lot about the first novel to rest. The Author really did an amazing job writing this book. i hope there is going be another where it all ends.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from captivating 1940s London, England was not a safe place for children, specially for children who had no safe place to stay nor an adult to watch out for them. Jacob and the other Peculiar children have fled their previously safe haven on Cairnholm Island and are headed toward London seeking help for their teacher/guardian Miss Peregrine. Aside from dodging bombs, they have to avoid the hollows and wights who are pursuing them. Having had little contact with the outside world, the children don't know who to trust. I was kept on the edge of my seat as I followed their adventures. After having led such an isolated existence, I thought they would have few survival skills. But, I forgot, they are old, many decades older than their appearance would suggest. They have learned much over that time and it has come in useful in their travels. Looking back on the story, I am amazed at how readily I accepted the peculiar children and their unique skills. That whole time period is fantastic to me; I couldn't imagine living day to day with bombs dropping around me every evening. Why should these children be more outlandish that the bombings. Authentic photos are scattered throughout the book. I found myself captivated by them and wondering that they must have been set up, posed to match the story. But no, that is not the case, they are all actual photos that the author and his acquaintances have collected. They really do help to bring the story to life. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers from young teens to adults and to seniors who lived through those turbulent years during the war.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iv'e read it three times since i bought it! The first book was absolutely amazing. It captivated me from the first chapter. When i began this book i was a bit worried that it would fall short of the first, but my worry was unneeded. Hollow city kept me turning the pages, waiting to see what fate would hold for these peculiar children next. I strongly recommend it for anyone that enjoyed the first book, and certainly for anyone looking for a great read. 
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK I just read my review of the first book since it's been three years between the two books and I didn't love it as much as I thought I did.  I did like it a lot though, but enjoyed this one less.  As the first book, it is a slow story, not a page turner, but an intriguing atmospheric story.  The photographs really do enhance and perhaps, even make, the story.  This time around though the photos are much less creepy and weird.  They do fit into the story very well though, and you can tell at times the author probably wrote a scene to match a photo rather than finding photos to fit his scenes.  If the next book is the last in a trilogy, I'll definitely read it, but if it's only the next in a much longer series, I think I'd give them a pass.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Imagery! Both the photos and the descriptions illuminate the story for the reader. The story has a great pace to it and brings to life the different eras it takes place in. Riggs is a talented author who has definitely gained a loyal reader in myself. I would reccommend this to any reader as I typically steer away from novels of a peculiar nature but found myself enveloped in this story.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not As Good As The First... First things first- the first novel was better. I wish that the author would've sticked with one book, in my opinion, it would've been better that way. This one wasn't as powerful and as good as I thought it will be, but of course, the photos were peculiar and the events weren't so uninteresting. I wish that the author explained what had happened in the end of the previous novel. I read a lot and don't always get the whole recap of what happened, I would've liked that. This was great, and of course will read on to the third novel for more romance and peculiarness. :)
Date published: 2014-01-26

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Hollow City: The Second Novel Of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.48 × 5.49 × 1.13 in

Published: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Quirk Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594746125

ISBN - 13: 9781594746123

From the Publisher

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.

“A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs’s imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”—Boston Globe

About the Author

Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children—Los Angeles. He was raised on a steady diet of ghost stories and British comedy, which probably explains the novels he writes. You can find him on Twitter @ransomriggs.

Editorial Reviews

“A worthy follow-up, and as addictive a read as the first.”— Hypable “... Hollow City  mixes spooky vintage photos and action-packed storytelling to continue the story of Jacob Portman and his fellow “peculiars” as they travel through time to war-torn London.”—Dan Kois, Slate “...a perfect blend of creepiness and thoughtfulness”— Popmatters “Fans will be pleased with this second volume and downright delighted to know that a third in the series is in the offering.”— Booklist   “What makes the series soar, however, is not the world-building, as intriguing as it is, but the heartfelt intensity of the emotions.”— Virginian-Pilot “New readers of the series will find this novel a treat...Fans of the first title will find this book a treasure. The only downside: waiting for the third installment to find out what happens to Jacob and his peculiar friends.”— School Library Journal   “...a stunning achievement.”— Boston Globe   “I was blown away.... Hollow City  is fantastic...”— USAToday.com   “Ideal for fans of Neil Gaiman and Daniel Kraus,  Hollow City  blends fantasy and horror into a world that will engross readers and leave them eager for more.”— Shelf Awareness for Readers   “...a great big jolt of fun”— Litreactor.com “...a tasty adve
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