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This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (a This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


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This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (a This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

30 review for Hollow City

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat O'Keeffe

    More like 4.5 stars. Really enjoyed this book, just not quite as much as the first one! Loving the series overall so far, and can't wait for book 3 this fall!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I'm so happy that I decided to reread this! I forgot how crazy that ending was. :o I THINK I'M READY FOR LIBRARY OF SOULS NOW... I THINK. MAYBE NOT, BUT IT'S COMING WHETHER I'M READY OR NOT.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christine Riccio

    4.4 STARS! Really enjoyed Hollow City - here's my booktalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5j0g... =D

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Check out Scott Reads It for more reviews! Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is one of my all-time favorite books and I've been waiting to read Hollow City for ages! As soon as I received Hollow City, I began to devour this strange book and I believe Hollow City is even better than Mrs. P's. Hollow City does an excellent job of creating a captivating, magical world and accompanying the plot with finely selected vintage photos. The photographs in Hollow City are just as bizarre and out Check out Scott Reads It for more reviews! Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is one of my all-time favorite books and I've been waiting to read Hollow City for ages! As soon as I received Hollow City, I began to devour this strange book and I believe Hollow City is even better than Mrs. P's. Hollow City does an excellent job of creating a captivating, magical world and accompanying the plot with finely selected vintage photos. The photographs in Hollow City are just as bizarre and outlandish as the ones in the first book. I love the way the photos tie into the story and how each photo seems to tell a story of it's own. Each photo provides readers with a visual treat and I feel like reading Hollow City in a physical book is an extraordinary experience. I'm not diminishing audiobooks and ebooks at all, but there's something beautiful and raw about seeing the photographs on a page and not a screen. It was exciting to see the world outside of Cairnholm (Miss P's island) and to read about the Peculiar children who are traveling to London. The first novel in the series had a very closed environment to it and it was amazing to see the expanded world of the Peculiars. The world-building in Hollow City is thorough and readers will be brought to new loops where there are peculiar animals and other unexpected creatures (for lack of a better term). I loved visiting so many varied locations and reading about the distinct Peculiar locals. I loved learning more about the Peculiar children in Hollow City and character development is one of Riggs's strongest suits. It was interesting to see Olive, Hugh, and Emma's characters explored further and to see what effects the loop had on them. To live the same moments all over again for so many years is truly a horrifying thing and in some ways, the children are adults trapped in childrens' bodies. The way Emma took charge of the group, when all her life she was cared for by Mrs. P, was truly impressive. I love both Emma and Jacob, but still I don't get their relationship and it feels out of place and extremely unnecessary in this series. Hollow City is incredibly fast-paced with an interesting story that fans of Mrs. Peregrine's will absolutely love. With plenty of unexpected twists, Hollow City is quite frankly one of the best sequels I've read to date and it definitely surpasses it's predecessor. Ransom Riggs is at his best in Hollow City and his cinematic prose will provide readers with a story unlike any other. When Hollow City came to its satisfying conclusion, I had an urge to reread the book and relive the strangely magically novel all over again. I know I'll be rereading this in the near future as I wait for the 3rd Miss Peregrine's novel to be released. Hollow City is a wonderful sequel that is an absolute must read and it's truly upsetting how there's only one more book left in this series. Hollow City is a much faster-paced book than it's predecessor in terms of plot and character development. Riggs is an amazing author and frankly I'd read anything this man writes. Excuse me, while I wait for the 3rd and final book in this series...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    HOLY CRAP. I CAN'T EVEN. I'll write my thoughts when I'm able to GATHER my thoughts, but know that I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivana

    what is it with you people and rating books that arent even PUBLISHED??!!! COME ON!! what is it with you people and rating books that aren´t even PUBLISHED??!!! COME ON!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ferdy

    Spoilers Disappointing. The plot was uninteresting, the characters were unremarkable, and the romance was lame. -Summary: Miss Peregine's school and the time loop she created destroyed by hollows/wights/the bad guys, the peculiars/students on the run, Miss Peregine poisoned and not able to fix the loop and protect her kids, Jacob and the other peculiars have to avoid the bad guys and find another headteacher to help Miss Peregine get back to normal. -The majority of Hollow City was dull, there was Spoilers Disappointing. The plot was uninteresting, the characters were unremarkable, and the romance was lame. -Summary: Miss Peregine's school and the time loop she created destroyed by hollows/wights/the bad guys, the peculiars/students on the run, Miss Peregine poisoned and not able to fix the loop and protect her kids, Jacob and the other peculiars have to avoid the bad guys and find another headteacher to help Miss Peregine get back to normal. -The majority of Hollow City was dull, there was too much repetitiveness and everything seemed contrived. All Jacob, Emma, and the other Peculiars did was run from one place to another… They occasionally happened to bump into other peculiars who helped them, and every few chapters the wights/hollows caught up to them and they had to fight them. It was the same boring thing over and over again. -Jacob was a lot more likeable in this one, he was so whiny and spoilt in the first book. Even though he wasn't as insufferable he was still a blah character. -It was dumb how the peculiars hardly ever used their powers to fight the wights/hollows, they only used them at the very last minute. -I enjoyed the peculiar tales with the giant and the pigeon, they were better than the actual story. -I didn't buy Jacob and co constantly running into other peculiars. Weren't peculiars meant to be rare? It seemed like everyone the gang came across was either a bad guy or one of them. If the peculiars were a dying breed then I doubt they'd be so many of them running around. -Most of the characters were flat, they only seemed to have a one or two defining facets to their personality. Emma was brave and assertive, Bronwyn was motherly, Jacob was the reluctant hero, Enoch was irritable and mean, and Horace dressed like a gentleman and acted like a coward. There was very little depth and complexity to the MC's. -Jacob and Emma's romance was lame, everything between them was superficial and unconvincing. -I rolled my eyes at Jacob and co getting all pissed and outraged when they found an adult peculiar to take charge and were then dismissed and told they no longer needed to do anything. They didn't like being told the adults would take over and that since they were children they could do nothing. They wanted to help and acted all annoyed at not being able to. But a couple of pages later when they were asked to join the peculiar army and fight hollows, they were all 'Oh noes! We don't want to do anything, it's not out job to save everyone!' - WTF?! Their fickleness and contrary nature was annoying and made no sense. -The twist at the end was pretty good, I wasn't expecting Caul to turn out to be the bird they thought was Miss Peregine. -The pictures and how they were incorporated in the story was the best part of the book, they were the only element that made Hollow City stand out from every other generic YA series. All in all, I wasn't overly impressed, there were only a couple of things that were done well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Are you still into the creepy vintage photos? Welcome to a Deeper, maturer, richer & more convenient sequel. really sad we won't watch a Movie out of it.. Tim Burton only concluded the whole series in an ending that's even worse than Book One's, it almost made me ditch Book Two. I'm glad I didn't, unexpectedly loved it, this time Ransom Riggs here add more depth into the world he built in book one. THE PECULIARDOM The wonders and mystical world of Peculiarity, their animals, different loops, hist Are you still into the creepy vintage photos? Welcome to a Deeper, maturer, richer & more convenient sequel. really sad we won't watch a Movie out of it.. Tim Burton only concluded the whole series in an ending that's even worse than Book One's, it almost made me ditch Book Two. I'm glad I didn't, unexpectedly loved it, this time Ransom Riggs here add more depth into the world he built in book one. THE PECULIARDOM The wonders and mystical world of Peculiarity, their animals, different loops, history. Mixed with the real world horrors of WWII.. The devastated London, the prejudices and racism.. “Are you so concerned with the well-being of normals that you’d risk Miss Peregrine’s life to protect a few of theirs? A thousand of them aren’t worth one of her! Or one of us, for that matter!” Everything's similar, as in our world as the peculiar's..there's those who are good, and who are bad. And everything's connected. “If even outcasts and downtrodden folk like yourselves can’t muster a bit of compassion for others,” she said, “then there’s no hope for this world.” It's one simple plot, the mid plot of the Trilogy, one Mission, so it's simple and more focused. Yet, action packed and really full of thriller and twists. ** The Mission ** Let me put it this way, no spoiler at all, “Get Miss Peregrine to one of the last remaining ‘uncaptured’ Ymbrynes, God knows who, in any un-attackted loop, God knows where, avoiding Wights and Hollows, who's constantly one step too close, and avoiding the horrors of WWII’s German bomb assaults on Londod, which is constant too, to get her into the human form again, after being severely hurt by the end of book one, before it's too late to return human, that's mean only 5 days maximum.” And don't forget the constant watchers... This long journey in tight time is really rich, fast and have a great mixing between the World of Peculiar and our real world. Like this old bonds between Peculiars and Gypsies since they're both outcasts, both suffer prejudices cause they're different. Both wanderers souls clinging to the margins of the world. “It was hard to imagine anyone objecting to these kindly people. Then again, similar prejudices were among the reasons peculiars had withdrawn from society. Such was the way the sad world turned.” I even started to feel the world of Peculiar, Mutant X, Witch and Wizards and muggles, The Diviners, all part of real world and all in all very well hidden. Unless you really open your eyes. There's also these horrors of war, many hidden, symbolic references to the Nazi hate of less blood and Jews generally. -The horrible wights experiments on Peculiars for example reminded me much of the Nazi scientific ones on people for the welfare of Aryan race only- But the sad thing is, the Peculiardom is in grave danger here.. even for its animals. “ “Miss Wren meant this menagerie to be an ark, but gradually it’s become a tomb.” “Like all our loops,” said Enoch. “Like peculiardom itself. A failed experiment.” “ ‘This place is dying,’ Miss Wren often said.” Addison’s voice rose in imitation of her. “ ‘And I am nothing but the overseer of its long funeral!’ ” Addison’s eyes glistened, remembering her, but just as quickly went hard again. “She was very theatrical.”” And with all loops raided, our friends are in real danger, facing real threats and real decisions must be made. Specially Jacob..who has sold his normal life for one in real death threat. “Despite everything, this peculiar life was what I’d always wanted. Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” There's a real good development here about the characters and motivations. So let's see; ** The Characters ** The really good thing in book two that it add more depth into Jacob’s character and his motivations.., remember his need to discovering the World? Well, in this journey he will go into even Time Travel. “I am a time traveler. This is real. I, Jacob Portman, am traveling in time.” This was astonishing enough. More astonishing, perhaps, was the fact that time travel hadn’t broken my brain; that by some miracle, I had not yet devolved into a gibbering crazy person ranting on a street corner. The human psyche was much more flexible than I’d imagined, capable of expanding to contain all sorts of contradictions and seeming impossibilities. Lucky for me.” And of time, it has a very good way in dealing with it, to not be an extreme unbelievable fantasy, you know dealing with time is tricky -even J.K. Rowling felt the burden of creating the Time Turner- “ “They were of the past, and the past always mends itself, no matter how we interfere.” “Which is why you can’t go back and kill baby Hitler to stop the war from happening,” said Enoch. “History heals itself. Isn’t that interesting?”” All the characters getting clear enough, We even get more into their past..and how they got here. it's one of the best things here that we finally too close to the characters more than, I believe, book one. Enoch, this sadistic racist jelous - yet part of the group-, is really has important role here. Horace ; this elegant young man obsessed with style and tuxedos, he made a real fun comic relief in many points. As well as Olive ; the eye wonder of the group, young sweet and funny, and her love of stories really helped. Bronwyn ; the tough protector she's really good character. I loved how she called Jacob “brother” just before the sad events by the end of the book. Millard ; his love to explore is almost as equal to Jacob. “And maybe it was childish, this old urge to explore for exploring’s sake. There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather than forcing it to divulge every last secret. Maybe it was better, now and then, to wonder.” And talking about Jacob and his wish to explore that ended him up in this world in first place. It wasn't just this which made him stay.. it was love. and his Love Interest, Emma. I have to say I wasn't convinced by it much, the love theme here I felt was a bit off, or forced, or even a bit sad and unnatural. BUT, this book is really made it right… made it real and convenient. ““Why are you pushing me away?” “Because you have a real home and a real family, and if you think any of us would’ve chosen this world over those things—wouldn’t have given up our loops and longevity and peculiar powers long ago for even a taste of what you have—then you really are living in a fantasy world. It makes me absolutely ill to think you might throw that all away—and for what?” “For you, you idiot! I love you!”.” Thanks to Emma which her character this time is really way better than book one. And you'll know why she, and Jacob too felt obliged to this journey to save Miss Peregrine. The Brave, cunning bad ass Miss Peregrine. Who must be saved as soon as possible. and truly will be missed as her actual form "Eva Green was awesome in the role BTW" Then came the ending...the thrilling creepy nightmare , weird dream, a sad decision and a very twisted turn of events. Back to the atmosphere of book one. And If I hated the long first 10% of this book, LOVED the rest of it, the last 10% of it is one of the most thrilling endings for a second good book of a sequel. So if Book One was 3 stars for me -+ extra one for the design & idea- This one is easily 4.5 stars. The author said in the Acknowledgment that book two took longer time than expected to release. I can clearly see that this patiently writing did magic.. with all this richness , even if it's like a bit other series, like this book of Peculiar stories was fun, reminded me heavily with Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" So now I can't wait for the final part of the “First Trilogy” of Mr. Ransom Riggs planned series of the Peculiardom. Mohammed Arabey from 20 October 2016 To 25 October 2016

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    January 2014?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first installment when I read it a two years ago. There were definitely slower moments that were rough to get through, but ultimately, I really enjoyed how the plot progressed in this novel and cannot wait to see how it ends!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    4.5 Stars Wow, what an amazing ending. I totally didn’t see that coming! Something also interesting is that, until reading the author’s note, I had NO idea that Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi (author of the Shatter Me series) were married. I’m sure I’m the last person to future this out...but crazy fun fact if you didn’t know. But anyway, there is something about this series and this world that I just really love. I don’t get to the obsessed fan girl level with too many things, but this series has 4.5 Stars Wow, what an amazing ending. I totally didn’t see that coming! Something also interesting is that, until reading the author’s note, I had NO idea that Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi (author of the Shatter Me series) were married. I’m sure I’m the last person to future this out...but crazy fun fact if you didn’t know. But anyway, there is something about this series and this world that I just really love. I don’t get to the obsessed fan girl level with too many things, but this series has me buying POP Funkos, graphic novels, companion novels...le sigh. Anyway. Can’t wait to see what the final book brings, although I’ll be sad to see it end. Hopefully it doesn’t wreck me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    3.5 stars. Unfortunately, Hollow City is a case of Second Book Syndrome. Extremely slow start, with many scenarios that I found just too far fetched. (view spoiler)[ Really? Really? EVERY single group they came upon had at least one peculiar person with them?! I call Bull on that!! (hide spoiler)] There has to be a suspension of belief when reading any work of fiction, especially fantasy. But it was too far a stretch for me to believe that the events could happen so easily. Not that the characters 3.5 stars. Unfortunately, Hollow City is a case of Second Book Syndrome. Extremely slow start, with many scenarios that I found just too far fetched. (view spoiler)[ Really? Really? EVERY single group they came upon had at least one peculiar person with them?! I call Bull on that!! (hide spoiler)] There has to be a suspension of belief when reading any work of fiction, especially fantasy. But it was too far a stretch for me to believe that the events could happen so easily. Not that the characters had an easy journey, but just too much felt contrived, as if Riggs had really struggled to weave his story around certain photographs. I kept getting a vibe that was reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events. (view spoiler)[Talking animals, a caravan of gypsys, a carnival, are we serious? It was all SO cartoonish, a far cry from the creepy undertone of Cairnholm. (hide spoiler)] That isn't necessarily a bad series to be compared to, although that vibe felt considerably more childish than what I had come to expect from the previous Miss Peregrine novel. While I loved the photos in the first book, I felt like they hindered the telling of this one, it wasn't as flawless this time. I would prefer fewer photos, or even none at all if it meant a better quality story. (view spoiler)[There was too much meaningless filler. Example one, you have the gypsy boy who is turning invisible. The narrative stops and focuses on a scene where he pleads to go with our group, only to be turned away. Was this scene necessary? There was no truly great wisdom imparted, no new information learned. We actually never hear from him again or hear what happens to him. We could have done without this. USELESS! We could have done without the entire animal loop in fact, but this was written in I'm sure to go along with some photos that needed to be worked in. And there was a whole chapter where our group questions people at a sideshow act and we are led to believe they aren't peculiar, only to find out later that they really were. Just... gah, get to the point. Why was all that run around necessary? All because one photo showed a guy in a clown suit and so we had to have a carnival setting to introduce him?? I don't even know what the clown's freakin power is! Was this ever said? Throw that photo away and get on with the garsh darn PLOT! (hide spoiler)] This isn't to say that the story isn't quality, because it is. I am a fan of this series and this author. But I think maybe he tried too much with this book. Hard to explain. It just wasn't an enjoyable read for me personally 75% of the time. I found myself wishing it would either pick up or end already. However, I will say that the end threw me a twist and built up the action. It left off at a good place and makes me want the next book right away. This end section (I'm not sure how much of the book this includes, less than the last quarter) was probably worth 4 or 5 stars to me. But as exciting as it was, I still couldn't overlook the slow beginning.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    If you have read my reviews before you know I am picky when it comes to bizarre, supernatural fantasy novels. I loved The Library at Mount Char, but didn't care for The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Well, so far, the bizarre magic and "peculiar" characters of of this series are on the positive side of things for me. When I mention being picky on this type of book, there is just something that I am not sure I can describe with words that either makes the book super awesome or totally disappointing If you have read my reviews before you know I am picky when it comes to bizarre, supernatural fantasy novels. I loved The Library at Mount Char, but didn't care for The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Well, so far, the bizarre magic and "peculiar" characters of of this series are on the positive side of things for me. When I mention being picky on this type of book, there is just something that I am not sure I can describe with words that either makes the book super awesome or totally disappointing. It's a fine line between creative and silly. If the bizarreness doesn't feel natural, it doesn't hold my interest. With the Miss Perigrine series, it is way weird, but I dig it! Riggs knows how to write the unbelievable in a way that I like. Also, I love the incorporation of the old time, sepia tone photographs. In the afterwards, Riggs mentions that they are actual photos (some of which are slightly modified). It is a cool idea to take an unusual photo and add a backstory too it. Sounds like it would be a fun way to do creative writing story prompts. Finally, the ending made me want more - I wasn't ready for it to end! Glad there is another book for me to keep the fantasy going!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I think I liked this one a little better than the first.. SO excited for book three!

  15. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Sutton

    The peculiar children are on the run! Danger at every turn! Until finally...okay, there's a twist thrown in. While Ransom Riggs' Hollow City is a well-written sequel in which we learn more about the nature of the peculiars (and their enemies), overall, I wasn't as wowed or intrigued. To me, it felt like the filler of a 3-book series. Will I read Library of Souls? Not sure yet...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mai

    Did not finish at 67% People who know me, know so well that I'd rather cry out of boredom while reading a book than actually give up on it. My DNF shelf has only two books and this is the third. I know it's unfair to rate an unfinished book, but it's also unfair that this book is that bad. I don't regret this decision, not one bit! This is the first book in my reading history to have me struggling with even opening the cover, I've struggled since page one and then I thought that no I wouldn't be th Did not finish at 67% People who know me, know so well that I'd rather cry out of boredom while reading a book than actually give up on it. My DNF shelf has only two books and this is the third. I know it's unfair to rate an unfinished book, but it's also unfair that this book is that bad. I don't regret this decision, not one bit! This is the first book in my reading history to have me struggling with even opening the cover, I've struggled since page one and then I thought that no I wouldn't be the kind of a reader who gives up on books just because they couldn't get into them, we all know that books sometimes get to be boring but then pick its pace while you read on. This right here wasn't just boring, it was childish, trivial and very very VERY overhyped that I'm starting to doubt my mentality -maybe I'm not just aspie- maybe I'm just incapable of coping with the hype? Maybe it's me and not the book? Maybe I should've read between the lines? Maybe I should start liking dogs who smoke pipes and wore green glasses? Or maybe I should start befriending humans who growl and park? Maybe I should like books with no plot? Or even ridiculous ones? Or Maybe I should invest my time trying to like books with creepy pictures that are just being shoved into my face? Maybe it's okay to think that a character can be that shallow and underdeveloped? Maybe I should secretly fangirl over a granny who loves her ex's grandson? Maybe I should waste my time reading something that is just absolutely nonexistent? Real reasons why I hated this book - I don't know why but I felt like the whole idea of Hollow City was only written because Ransom Riggs found some photos of animals who are guess what?peculiar and thought yes, there's also peculiar animals which was okay we haven't heard of that before but yeah whatever. -The characters, I don't know when was Ransom Riggs planning to actually put some effort on those kids? Like shading them or whatever? They still feel so shallow and not there, at some point I almost forgot who Bronwyn and Horace were. It's like he flatlayed them over a stereotypical category of bad character-driven books; The bad boy: Enoch The mysterious boy: Horace The funny boy: Millard The stupid, good for nothing boy: Jacob (also runs by the name Bella Swan) The mother hen girl: Bronwyn The naive girl: Olive The angry girl: Emma (also runs by the name Exclamation-Mark-Queen) The one who isn't that important but he was essential because the photo said so: Hugh -The plot, or was there any? -This time the photos really felt forced and uncomfortable, I felt embarrassed for the author, how strange that was, the plot was being shoved at me by photos that actually were messy, unnecessary and awful! -How many peculiars are there on Earth? weren't they supposed to be, like hidden? They met one seriously every step they took. -The romance, or was there any? I wanted to love this series because it seemed like an amazing one, it was so hyped and I was so excited but then BAM disappointment overwhelmed me. I apologize for my cash but I'm not continuing this series. At least not any time soon.

  17. 5 out of 5

    P

    “What I believe is that when it comes to big things in life, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. You are here for a reason -- and it's not to fail and die.” Hollow City is DARKER and CREEPIER than book one. I was really glad to finally see what's going on with children at the beginning of this book. The world of this book is madness, it's not something joyful for someone. Emma becomes a lead character in Hollow City, and her courage makes this book turn out to be the unput “What I believe is that when it comes to big things in life, there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason. You are here for a reason -- and it's not to fail and die.” Hollow City is DARKER and CREEPIER than book one. I was really glad to finally see what's going on with children at the beginning of this book. The world of this book is madness, it's not something joyful for someone. Emma becomes a lead character in Hollow City, and her courage makes this book turn out to be the unputdownable one. I liked eveything in this book, even if it's not excited as the first one, but it gave me the creepy vibe all the time. Hollow City is a nightmare, I could't sleep when I finished this one. It's a contingency reading, you will NOT know what will happen next until it blows in you face. Ransom Riggs twisted his story to the point that I couldn't catch up anymore, but it's a good thing because that was totally a fascination. “A song and a smile from someone I cared about could be enough to distract me from all that darkness, if only for a little while.” Hollow City broke my soul and clenched my heart tightly. Every character in this book mirrors something more than how good they are, they have their souls to speak for whatever they want to do. However, this book is deep. It's more than a YA novel for me, it taught me to be a strong person and told me about how to fight this cruel world. Highly recommended ! ****************** เนื้อเรื่องเล่มนี้สนุกมาก แต่บรรยากาศในเรื่องจะไม่มีความลึกลับเหมือนกับเล่มที่แล้ว ในแง่ของการผจญภัยถือว่าเข้มขึ้นและสนุกกว่ามาก โดยเรื่องราวจะเกิดขึ้นกลางกรุงลอนดอนที่ตกอยู่ภายใต้สงคราม จึงมั่นใจได้เลยว่ากลิ่นอายลอนดอนปี 1940 ต้องมาแน่ๆ รวมไปถึงการเดินทางข้ามลูปเวลา และการแก้ปริศนาของเหล่าเด็กประหลาด แรนซัม ริกส์ฝีมือเฉียบคม เขาสามารถเขียนภาคต่อโดยที่ยังรักษาคาแรคเตอร์ของทุกตัวละครเอาไว้ได้อย่างหมดจด เขาไม่ได้ยัด tragedy ให้แก่ตัวละครและทำให้พวกเขาสูญเสียความบริสุทธิ์ไป กลายเป็นตัวละครที่ดาร์คขึ้นและนิสัยเปลี่ยนไปเหมือนกับที่นิยาย YA ส่วนมากชอบทำ แต่เขาใช้เหตุการณ์ต่างๆในหนังสือเคี่ยวกรำให้สภาวะทางจิตใจของตัวละครค่อยๆเติบโตขึ้นโดยที่คนอ่านไม่รู้ตัว จนสุดท้ายแล้ว ... เด็กๆที่เคยถูกปกป้องอยู่ใต้ปีกแม่นก ก็กลายเป็นเด็กที่สามารถยืนหยัดต่อสู้บนลำแข้งของตัวเองได้อย่างไม่น่าเชื่อ อีกสิ่งหนึ่งที่เราชอบมากเลยก็คือ ... สารที่ริกส์พยายามจะสื่อกับคนอ่านผ่านทางเนื้อเรื่องของเหล่าเด็กกำพร้าที่ต้องต่อสู้กับชะตาชีวิตตัวเอง โดยเฉพาะตอนที่มิลลาร์ดคุยกับพ่อเด็กยิปซีที่เป็นเหมือนเขา เรารู้สึกว่ามันลึกซึ้งมากๆ ประโยคสั้นๆตรงนั้นถือว่าสะกิดใจเราไปเต็มๆ แต่จะมีคาแรคเตอร์หนึ่งที่เรารำคาญมากๆ ก็คือ ... อีน็อค คือเขาเป็นเด็กผู้ชายที่แบบชอบแย้ง ชอบขัดขาเพื่อน แต่เวลาคับขันก็สามารถหันไปพึ่งได้ คำพูดของเขาบางครั้งเราก็รู้สึกร้ายกาจเกินไป แต่ก็ ... ถ้าเด็กส่วนมากในเรื่องนี้ถูกเรียกว่า optimistic อีน็อคก็คงจะเป็นตัวแทนของ pessimistic อย่างแน่นอน ถือว่าเป็นความบาลานซ์ในหนังสือนิยายเล่มหนึ่งที่ค่อนข้างสมบูรณ์แบบอยู่เหมือนกัน มีประเด็นที่เราชอบมากมาย ถ้าเอามารีวิวหมดคงยาวเหยียด อย่างการสอดแทกจริยธรรมความเป็นมนุษย์ที่ถูกหล่อหลอมขึ้นมาภายใต้สภาวะอันกดดันของสถาบันครอบครัวรวมไปถึงสิ่งที่เลวร้ายที่สุดอย่างสงคราม ริกส์ก็สามารถทำมันออกมาได้ดี ละเอียดอ่อน ทำให้เนื้อเรื่อง sensible อย่างแยบยล ขึ้นอยู่กับผู้อ่านจะสังเกตเห็นประเด็นเหล่านี้ได้เองในท้ายที่สุดหรือไม่ บวกลบคูณหารก็ชอบพอๆกับเล่มที่แล้วนะ ถึงแม้ว่าเนื้อเรื่องจะคนละแบบ และ Hollow City ต้องบอกว่าเนื้อเรื่องมันลึกกว่ามากๆ ถ้าอ่านแล้วไม่สังเกตให้ดีจะรู้สึกว่ามันเป็นนิยาย YA ผจญภัยแฟนตาซีธรรมดาๆเล่มหนึ่ง แต่ถ้ามองให้ลึกกว่านั้น ... ทุกบทสนทนาของตัวละครสามารถสะท้อนเสียดสีความเป็นจริงในยุคปัจจุบันได้อย่างตรงจุดจริงๆ (view spoiler)[หลังจากที่เด็กๆต้องออกจากลูปเวลาและมาใช้ชีวิตอยู่บนเกาะ พวกเขาก็ได้ค้นพบกับลูปใหม่ที่สัตว์ประหลาดอาศัยอยู่ ซึ่งก็เหมือนกับตัวเด็กๆเอง สัตว์เหล่านี้มีความสามารถพิเศษที่สัตว์ธรรมดาไม่มี เจคอบ เอ็มม่าและเพื่อนๆของพวกเขารู้ว่าพวกตนต้องรีบรักษามิสเพเรกรินโดยเร็วที่สุด มิฉะนั้นเธอจะติดอยู่ในร่างของนกตลอดกาล และหนทางเดียวที่จะตามหาเหล่าอิมบรินคนอื่นๆก็คือพวกเขาต้องเดินทางสู่ลอนดอน ระหว่างทางเด็กๆได้พบกับเหล่ายิปซีที่มีลูกชายล่องหนเหมือนกับมิลลาร์ด และเผชิญหน้ากับเหล่าไวท์ที่ตามล่าพวกเขาตั้งแต่บนเกาะมาจนถึงสถานีรถไฟไปลอนดอน ฮิวจ์ได้ใช้พลังของตัวเองในการปล่อยฝูงผึ้งออกมาจากท้องกำจัดทหารเหล่านี้ไปได้ และเมื่อเหล่าเด็กประหลาดมาถึงลอนดอนในที่สุด การตามหานกพิราบและอิมบรินเป็นเรื่องหนักหนาสาหัส เมื่อพวกเขาได้เข้าไปในอีกลูปเวลาและได้พบกับเด็กสาวที่มีโทรจิตสามารถควบคุมสิ่งของได้ สองพี่น้องตาบอดที่สามารถใช้เสียงโจมตีราวกับค้างคาว ทั้งคู่ก็ถูกไล่ล่าโดยฮอลโลว และต้องระเห็จผ่าสงครามกลางเมืองอันโหดร้าไปให้ได้ เมื่อเจคอบ เอ็มม่า และผองเพื่อนมาถึงลูปเวลาอีกหนึ่งที่ซ่อนอยู่ พวกเขาก็ได้เจอกับอิมบรินที่พวกเขาตามหาอยู่ในสถานที่ที่เย็นยะเยือกไปด้วยน้ำแข็ง เมื่อมิสเพเรกรินได้รับการรักษาในที่สุด ... ความจริงอันน่าตกใจก็ปรากฏขึ้นว่า นกที่เด็กๆพาเดินทางมาด้วยนั้น แท้จริงแล้วไม่ใช่มิสเพเรกรินด้วยซ้ำ เพราะมันคือน้องชายของมิสเพเรกรินที่มีความสามารถในการจำแลงร่างเป็นนกชนิดเดียวกับพี่สาวของเขา รวมถึงเรื่องที่ว่าเขาเป็นไวท์ที่สะกดรอยตามเด็กประหลาดมาโดยตลอด และนั่นทำให้อิมบรินคนสุดท้ายที่ยังหนีรอดไปได้ตกไปอยู่ในมือของฮอลโลว์ในที่สุด กองทัพฮอลโลว์พาเจคอบ เอ็มม่าและเด็กๆมายังเวลาปัจจุบัน และความหายนะกำลังจะเกิดขึ้นเมื่อผลลัพธ์ของเด็กประหลาดที่เดินทางออกจากลูปเวลาของตัวเองมายังยุคปัจจุบันจะทำให้อายุของพวกเขาเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็วตามระยะเวลาที่พวกเขาอาศัยอยู่ในลูป เจคอบและเอ็มม่าสามารถหนีพ้นเอื้อมมือฮอลโลว์มาได้ แต่ไม่ใช่สำหรับเพื่อนๆที่เหลือ รวมถึงอิมบรินคนสุดท้ายที่ถูกพาไปโดยรถไฟใต้กรุงลอนดอน ในชั่ววินาทีสุดท้ายที่เจคอบต้องต่อสู้กับฮอลโลว์ เขาก็ได้ค้นพบความจริงที่ว่านอกจากเขาจะสามารถมองเห็นพวกมันได้แล้ว เขายังสามารถใช้พลังควบคุมพวกมันได้อีกด้วย ! 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  18. 5 out of 5

    Darth J

    3.5 stars I felt like this was a lull between the first one and the finale. While there's action and adventure it seemed mostly like an info dump to bridge the gap between the end pieces. It was certainly more entertaining than the first one, but only marginally. There is a quest to bring the group's ymbryne to Miss Wren, whose first name is There are some new characters introduced in this book such as a talking dog named Addison, a pair of blind brothers who use echolocation, a telekinetic girl, a 3.5 stars I felt like this was a lull between the first one and the finale. While there's action and adventure it seemed mostly like an info dump to bridge the gap between the end pieces. It was certainly more entertaining than the first one, but only marginally. There is a quest to bring the group's ymbryne to Miss Wren, whose first name is There are some new characters introduced in this book such as a talking dog named Addison, a pair of blind brothers who use echolocation, a telekinetic girl, and another who can syncopate her skin to your heart beating named Selena. It appears that Ransom Riggs just decided to find a bunch of creepy vintagy photos and create a story from that. While that kinda worked for the first book, this approach appears more like random story prompts than anything else. Also, I want him to create some peculiar characters based on this LNI realness:

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    That ending has killed me... Well and truly killed me... But anyway, this book is utterly brilliant!! I absolutely adored Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children and had pretty high hopes for this book. All I can say is that this book was better than I could've ever hoped and may well be the best sequel I have read in my life!! The characters in this book are all so incredibly unique and precious! They're written so well and the dialogue/relationships they have with one another all feel so rea That ending has killed me... Well and truly killed me... But anyway, this book is utterly brilliant!! I absolutely adored Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children and had pretty high hopes for this book. All I can say is that this book was better than I could've ever hoped and may well be the best sequel I have read in my life!! The characters in this book are all so incredibly unique and precious! They're written so well and the dialogue/relationships they have with one another all feel so real. Every single one of these peculiar children has a special place in my heart, and always will. This plot was amazing, there really wasn't a dull moment! The pacing of the book worked really well and everything within the plot was so intricately planned out that the story all fit together perfectly and made an excellent, gripping and entertaining read! I honestly could not put this book down and I'm incredibly excited/scared for the next book! It comes out in September so not long to wait now but I really don't know how I will survive waiting!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anja

    *4.5 HOLLOW STARS* "Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” I only picked this one up because I recently ended up watching the movie adaption of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and that kind of got me back in the mood to continue this series. But I gotta say, I enjoyed this one so much more than the first book! I'm really glad I decided to continue this trilogy, I can only imagine how crazy the last book is going to get! It's no *4.5 HOLLOW STARS* "Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.” I only picked this one up because I recently ended up watching the movie adaption of Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and that kind of got me back in the mood to continue this series. But I gotta say, I enjoyed this one so much more than the first book! I'm really glad I decided to continue this trilogy, I can only imagine how crazy the last book is going to get! It's not that I necessarily disliked the first one, I actually ended up rating it 4 stars apparently, but I just expected something more I guess... And this one did the trick! The story was overall a lot better and more captivating, whereas the first one kind of dragged on and wasn't as interesting to read. I also noticed a lot of improvement in Ransom Riggs' writing style and way of telling things. (Or that could also be just me being way more into this book than the previous one lol) Our group of peculiars also had a bigger role in this book and got a lot more depth, whereas I felt like in the first book, most of those characters were being kept pretty shallow and they concentrated more on Jacob, who's one of my least favorite characters to be completely honest. Full review coming soon!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carla (Carla's Book Bits)

    That ending: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Do you ever find yourself climbing into an open grave during a bombing raid..and wish you'd just stayed in bed? If only you knew how often I've run into that exact situation... The peculiar children are in the midst of escape. Their ymbryne is irreparably injured, the wights are right behind him and hollowgasts are ahead. And as with so many YA books, they have to save the world (at least there isn't a love triangle). The peculiars stumble upon a time loop leading to somewhere extremely peculia Do you ever find yourself climbing into an open grave during a bombing raid..and wish you'd just stayed in bed? If only you knew how often I've run into that exact situation... The peculiar children are in the midst of escape. Their ymbryne is irreparably injured, the wights are right behind him and hollowgasts are ahead. And as with so many YA books, they have to save the world (at least there isn't a love triangle). The peculiars stumble upon a time loop leading to somewhere extremely peculiar. (Note: Nice tie-in to the Tales of the Peculiar - good, subtle plug). Adding in creature-peculiars threw me off (it could have been the awful voice given to the emu-raffe in the audiobook) or the sheer craziness of adding in a whole new dimension (via animals) to an already extremely stretched book. As before, this one is littered with vintage photos depicting the characters. This is a bit of a conundrum because while I love a book with pictures, it sometimes felt like Riggs stretched the story to include all of the images he wanted. Riggs: Oh Em Gee. Is that a dog with a pipe? No freaking way, this is totally going in the book. Once again, I love and appreciate that Jacob is a bit of a wimp while Emma is this feisty strong gal. I've hardly read any books with the male lead being consistently shown up by the girl he likes (without adding in jealousy or mean-spirited envy). Fun book - looking forward to the third! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I love this series. The peculiar children in these novels are so fascinating. This story had me hooked just like the first book did. There were parts I wasn't crazy about but it was still good and the pictures were good, too. Looking forward to the next in the series!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amalia Gavea

    The Hollow City is the second installment in Rigg's trilogy of the Peculiar Children's exciting adventure, and it is a worthy following of its predecessor. But did I enjoy it as much as the first volume? The answer is a hesitant ''no''. Hesitant bceause I cannot, clearly, state what it was that made me feel that something was missing. Up until the 45% mark, it was a real page - turner, then, gradually, I seemed to lose interest. Perhaps, I couldn't fully connect with it as I was reading the first The Hollow City is the second installment in Rigg's trilogy of the Peculiar Children's exciting adventure, and it is a worthy following of its predecessor. But did I enjoy it as much as the first volume? The answer is a hesitant ''no''. Hesitant bceause I cannot, clearly, state what it was that made me feel that something was missing. Up until the 45% mark, it was a real page - turner, then, gradually, I seemed to lose interest. Perhaps, I couldn't fully connect with it as I was reading the first two volumes of ''The Grisha'' trilogy and the Ravka universe had completely sucked me into its lore. But probably the actual reason was simply that it became repetitive and predictable. ''Predictable? Really?'', some may think, ''why, with so many twists and turns?'' Yes, there are many twists and turns and chasings and cliffhangers. More than I can count, but the narrative reached a point where I, as a reader, knew what to expect. (view spoiler)[Every stranger was a threat that was eliminated by the intervention of another stranger and so on and so forth...This continues until the very end to the point where the conclusion of the second book left me a bit indifferent. The introduction of the Peculiar animals further alienated me from the story. It was just too much for my liking. Also, the absence of Miss Peregrine didn't help. (hide spoiler)] The writing and the dialogue are polished and engaging, though I could do with less of Enoch's constant bickering and battling words with everyone, and I would like to see more than just a passing glance as to how (view spoiler)[Jacob's parents are dealing with his absence. (hide spoiler)] What makes the book rich is the new set of peculiar photographs that manage to be even creepier than the ones found in the first book. I simply loved them all! Can you tell I am confused? Because I admit I am. The Hollow City is a good continuation of the story and perhaps this is just me nit-picking, but I expected to feel the well-known enthusiasm of following the Peculiars' adventures and it didn't happen. Finger crossed that the third part of the trilogy will restore my admiration for it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laz

    What a disappointment.. I had so many expectations about this one but it only let me down.. I had loved the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children & I wanted so much to love this one too but unfortunately the only good thing about this book was the photos, which like in the first book, they blew me away by how real and authentic they look. This one lacked the magic the first book had, it was kind of idiotic and the author tried to take an even darker turn to the What a disappointment.. I had so many expectations about this one but it only let me down.. I had loved the first book in the series, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children & I wanted so much to love this one too but unfortunately the only good thing about this book was the photos, which like in the first book, they blew me away by how real and authentic they look. This one lacked the magic the first book had, it was kind of idiotic and the author tried to take an even darker turn to the events but failed dramatically in doing so. The first book was dark and funny at times but still managed to retain a bit of its drama, something that this book didn't even get close enough to. This was morbid for sure, and while most of you may call this realism, I'll call it "failure at making a sequel". I'd rather it if this had never come out and the story would have just ended in the first book. At least, the first one left me with a sense of awe at its ending. The characters didn't have the least bit of development, which was a HUGE MISTAKE. These characters, who are so amazingly written, they deserved something better other than the same thing over and over again. The romance between Jacob and Emma failed to captivate me like I thought it would and while I thought they were cute in the first book, I don't like them together at all in this one. The plot was very poor, I mean the entire book was running around trying to get to someone and it all ended within 10 pages. It doesn't even deserve its 2 stars but let's just go with it because the photos are still part of the book, and I loved them dearly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aslı Dağlı

    Çeviri bitti! inanılmazdı! Birinci kitap bitince nasıl "Çabuk bana ikinci kitabı verin!" diye bağırdıysam ikinci kitabın sonunda da aynı şeyi hissettim. "Yok artık, o kadar da olamaz," diyerek okuduğum çok fazla yer oldu. Bir kere daha çeviriyi bırakıp kitabı okumamak için kendimi zor tuttum. Şahsen, ikinci kitabı birincisinden daha çok beğendiğimi de itiraf etmeliyim. Eğer Bayan Peregrine'in Tuhaf Çocuklarını sevdiyseniz Hollow City'yi daha çok seveceksiniz. Kitabı kestiği yerden ötürü Ransom Rig Çeviri bitti! inanılmazdı! Birinci kitap bitince nasıl "Çabuk bana ikinci kitabı verin!" diye bağırdıysam ikinci kitabın sonunda da aynı şeyi hissettim. "Yok artık, o kadar da olamaz," diyerek okuduğum çok fazla yer oldu. Bir kere daha çeviriyi bırakıp kitabı okumamak için kendimi zor tuttum. Şahsen, ikinci kitabı birincisinden daha çok beğendiğimi de itiraf etmeliyim. Eğer Bayan Peregrine'in Tuhaf Çocuklarını sevdiyseniz Hollow City'yi daha çok seveceksiniz. Kitabı kestiği yerden ötürü Ransom Riggs'i pataklamak isteyenler için de bir grup kuracağım:) Library of Souls'u boş boş beklemeyelim, değil mi? Tatlı okumalar!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    DNF around 20%. I just can't get into this. I'm not attached to the characters or the story at all, and I have too many other books I'd like to read more than this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Lewis

    I won Hollow City as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Can we say BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVARR? The waiting thing is destroying me though and I may just sit at the mailbox until I get it. REVIEW: Jacob and the Peculiar Children we've grown to know and love are back. Their adventure opens immediately after the close of the first novel, and as they set out to save Miss Peregrine, new danger and excitement awaits them. Jacob struggles with his newfound abilities, and the pressure of leaving hi I won Hollow City as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Can we say BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVARR? The waiting thing is destroying me though and I may just sit at the mailbox until I get it. REVIEW: Jacob and the Peculiar Children we've grown to know and love are back. Their adventure opens immediately after the close of the first novel, and as they set out to save Miss Peregrine, new danger and excitement awaits them. Jacob struggles with his newfound abilities, and the pressure of leaving his family behind, and his romance with Emma. Hollow City did not disappoint. In fact, I liked it MORE than the first book in the series. We get to know a lot more about the Peculiardom as well as the individual characters (-SPOILER -however fans of Claire and my personal favorite Fiona may be disappointed as they are missing from the majority of the novel). Ransom Riggs is a master of detail and atmosphere - every sentence is perfectly crafted to bring the book to life, with a perfect blend of action, humor, horror, and even romance so that every reader truly has something to gain from opening this book. I DEVOURED the book faster than a starving hollow would devour a child (ha!), even when I was forced to put it down (damn you, college!) my heart longed to be back in the story. Dear Mr. Riggs: Please make the Tales of the Peculiar into a book, like Rowling did with The Tales of Beedle the Bard! I absolutely cannot wait for the third installment, and hopefully Ransom Riggs will get a movie deal out of these books because the would play out brilliantly on-screen. Why are you still reading this? Go - buy book now, do the reading thing!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I absolutely freaking adored this book! I didn't think it possible to get better than the first book but it most definitely did. The story is even more gripping and as I got to know more about the world of peculiars, I couldn't help but fall even more in love. This book is jam packed with action and is absolutely nerve wracking from start to finish. I loved getting to know my favourite characters more as well as being introduced to new ones which I can't wait to learn more about in the next book I absolutely freaking adored this book! I didn't think it possible to get better than the first book but it most definitely did. The story is even more gripping and as I got to know more about the world of peculiars, I couldn't help but fall even more in love. This book is jam packed with action and is absolutely nerve wracking from start to finish. I loved getting to know my favourite characters more as well as being introduced to new ones which I can't wait to learn more about in the next book. I also really enjoyed the bits of the Tales of the Peculiar. They added an extra element to the story that I loved. And once again the photos were stellar and really made me feel like I was living the story along with the characters. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book but I'll stop now so I can get started immediately on the third book because that ending left me needing to know what happens next!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    Hollow City is one of those sequel novels that irons out many of the kinks in the first novel. It further goes to prove that the quality of children's and young adult' fiction is improving all the more in this day and age. Where once such books were throw away pieces to pass the time till younger readers could engage with more serious pieces of literature, today they are or should be recognised as being equally serious and nuanced - with the same level of power as books regarded as more mature. I Hollow City is one of those sequel novels that irons out many of the kinks in the first novel. It further goes to prove that the quality of children's and young adult' fiction is improving all the more in this day and age. Where once such books were throw away pieces to pass the time till younger readers could engage with more serious pieces of literature, today they are or should be recognised as being equally serious and nuanced - with the same level of power as books regarded as more mature. In Hollow City the themes of the previous novel are explored further and with. One of the things I've appreciated with the two books in this series so far is the play upon the mixture of vintage history (through the photographs or factual evidence) and modernity. For instance the whole idea of vile wights existing and infiltrating all sorts of historical areas (such as Nazi Germany) and using them to hunt down gypsies and peculiars is one such example. I suppose the greater theme to be found in these novels though is the theme about identity and belonging. Several of the peculiars try to dismiss others because their 'peculiarities' or powers do not make them as peculiar or unusual as themselves. It has always interested me that even those who are on the fringes of , or 'othered' by, society can still find time to dismiss and others those within their particular 'caste'. It seems that humanity is destined to a history and future of classification, stratification and separation where possible so that we can consider some among us to be more desirably human than others. Which is something sad considering that true human worth and beauty is not about appearances but about character, heart and existing as an individual. On the whole I loved both the first two books. I, do however, still find some aspects to them at times slightly rough or jarring and so cannot consider them perfect books. Yet in terms of the story, the writing and the whole conception, these are novels which are nicely polished and as such I think should be read ahead of many other young adult novels.

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