The effect that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) had on me was electric. Riggs is a very talented writer with a seemingly effortless ability to transport the reader to this bizarre parallel world where children have formidable powers and can be sixteen forever. Marry that incredible narrative with a collection of bizarre vintage photographs that act as supporting illustrations, and you have an extremely effective pairing that pulls the reader in. Better yet, while reading Miss Peregrine’s Home I didn’t draw a single parallel to other works or make comparisons with other fictional characters. For me, Miss Peregrine’s Home is unique unto itself.
I was worried that Riggs wouldn’t be able to pull that off a second time with Hollow City (2014), especially when even the most lauded of authors can’t always escape “second book syndrome”. This sequel doesn’t just avoid predictability – it completely ups the ante in terms of character and plot development. Hollow City picks up exactly where Miss Peregrine’s Home left off, and these poor peculiar children find themselves in the position of fending for themselves in a world from which they’ve been so long removed. We get to learn so much more about these characters, and see them learn so much more about themselves as they survive on the run.
Jacob Portman is still discovering exactly what his peculiar power is, the problem being that it only presents itself when his friends are in danger and there’s no time for, “I just want to see something…” I feel like Riggs is trying to suggest that Jacob has more than one power, though, because his dreams of his father and grandfather seem more like visions. Whether or not I’m reading too much into that, I know that I’m right in my excitement for the implications of Jacob’s powers as they stand at the end of Hollow City. I don’t want to ruin it for others, but seriously. Jacob’s discovery in the final, like, 2 pages is a GAME CHANGER!
Anyway, I’m trying to make sure I work all of my shiny new PR muscles, so I made a companion infographic to go with this review. Because why not.