Mini review: Hollow city by Ransom Riggs



Source: Received from Publisher in return for an honest                    review

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Quirk books

Page count: 352

Release date: January 2014

Rating: DNF

Hollow city is a sequel to Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children . If you have not read the first book then be wary of reading this review as it may contain spoilers!

I had my reservations before I even started Hollow City. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. It never really grabbed my attention or drew me in. Plus I am always wary when a the first book is immediately part of a trilogy. I am of the opinion that a trilogy should develop from the author and readers longing to know more about what happens to the characters. 

I have a strange feeling that the recent movie deal may have had a lot to do with that decision. With Tim Burton as a director I imagine the influence was probably quite strong.

As with the first book it felt like the author was writing chapters to match the pictures rather than to benefit the story. The pacing was incredibly slow with little suspense. I felt the characters were never really developed enough in the first book for me to care enough about them as they go on their journey to find Miss Peregrine. 

Again I felt that the pictures merely restricted the story telling. Some were quite disturbing and really didn't make any sense! I think it would have been better to use an illustrator if he really felt that the book required images. It would be interesting to see what Chris Riddell would do with this.

If you loved the first book then I'm sure you'll enjoy Hollow City. If like, me you had reservations about the first then I would give this a miss.

Definitely one for the Younger YA readers. I am shelving this one for now. I may come back to it at a later stage but a growing TBR pile means its remaining unfinished for now.

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  1. I'm sorry it wasn't for you, I heard great things about this one and I confess I was really curious about it... But I understand.

  2. Oh no!! That's too bad you didn't like it. I really enjoyed it myself. I actually liked it better then the first book. Though I will say it is confusing at the beginning of the book!


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