Review: Hollow City

Hollow City
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh, Ransom Riggs, you old devil, you. I loved the first book of this series. HOLLOW CITY, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series had to win me over. It started off well enough. We’re following the same cast of characters on their journey immediately after the events at the close of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. As they are thrust into dire circumstances right away, I was hooked.

Then I started to slip off that hook. The plot started to get…well, peculiar. The bit about the menagerie, as important as it was to the plot, sort of lost me. The gypsies segment ended better than it began, but it wasn’t until the last half of this book began that it really sank its claws into me. That said, once HOLLOW CITY had its claws in me, I was screaming for more. The last quarter of the book was enthralling. I loved it.

My criticisms of this book would be as follows: the pacing felt slow at times in the first half, the characterization was good but I didn’t find myself caring so much about our beloved Peculiars as I did in the first book.

Otherwise, Hollow City is a good read. The ending, as might be guessed, is a real cliffhanger. I hope Riggs lives up to it in the next book. And that it doesn’t take quite as long to find its way into print as HOLLOW CITY did. But do what you gotta do, Mr. Riggs. And do it as amazingly as we all know you can.

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