About “Hollow City” by Ransom Riggs

This is the second installment in the Peculiar series by Ransom Riggs. This book starts off right where we left the first book. We again follow our main character Jacob and the rest of the peculiar children as they escape the island and make their way to London where they must continue on their journey. Along the way they find new allies, new creatures, and more adventure.

Riggs, ups the anti in the second book in the series and along with it characters as well. Most of the first book was setting the backstory for our main character, while leaving holes to be filled in. This story develops not only Jacob, but the other children as well. Many of the peculiar children get a moment to shine in this story and we meet more peculiar children and even some peculiar animals. The introduction of new characters was needed and added an element of suspicion I think that was missing from the first book.

The plot for this story like the first book, is very interesting and keeps the reader turning the pages. There are dozens of pictures that go along with this story and again they make for a very creepy read. The story does a lot to set up more back story for the world and for the next installment, but I think that is were the mark was missed. Rigg spends so much time on this that the story seems to drag on in places because of it. The reader will find that the side trips the children take are only their so that Riggs could fit in more picture. Hopefully some of those pictures are used to set up the next book. We shall see.

I did thoroughly enjoy this novel and I intend on reading the third and final book in the series. If you enjoyed the first book, I do not see any reason you would not enjoy this book. The pictures are interesting, the characters develop, and the plot thickens. If this series is not on your TBR list it should already be on your READ list.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

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