I read Ransom Rigg’s novel, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children quite a while ago and really enjoyed it. His writing style is sophisticated without being pretentious. He’s detailed without being overly so. And more importantly, he weaves a story filled with rich and complex characters.
Here’s a quick and easy recap of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children from Quirk Books, for those who haven’t read it:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of vintage photography. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a spine-tingling YA fantasy illustrated with haunting black-and-white photography.
Rigg’s second novel, Hollow City, picks up immediately where the first book left off. So unlike some serials, you MUST read the first book in order to know what’s going on. Since I had read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children last year, I found that I needed a wee bit of a refresher. Rigg’s takes this into account by giving beautifully subtle clues throughout the first two chapters to help you recall where you left off.
Like the first novel, Hollow City is illustrated with haunting black and white photographs. Normally, I’m not a fan of illustration in novels. I’ve found that too many authors rely heavily on illustrations to tell the story, set the scene, etc. The photographs interspersed throughout the novel don’t carry the story. The novel would be perfectly fine without them. Instead, Riggs uses the haunting black and white images to supplement and support his already strong prose.
I’m hesitant to go into any of the actual story in this review, since it would give away key points of the first novel. What I will say though, is that the characters are engaging and thoughtfully written. Riggs does a very good job connecting the read to each of his characters and making you genuinely care about them. I couldn’t help but wonder what each character’s background story was. How did they come to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? When did they discover they were peculiar? Ransom Riggs left me wanting to learn MORE about each one of them. If he were to write individual short stories for each of peculiar children, and Miss Peregrine, I would be very happy!
When I received this book in the mail, I was once again swooning over the beautiful binding by Quirk Books. This book is gorgeous. Plain and simple. When I read the first Miss Peregrine novel, it was on my tablet. I can honestly say I’m disappointed I didn’t buy the hardcover instead. The elegant binding and the thick, creamy paper interspersed with those hauntingly beautiful black and white images, makes for an immersive and enjoyable reading experience.
You can learn more about Ransom Rigg’s new novel, Hollow City, and watch a really cool trailer at Quirk Books.
Hollow City is available at a bookstore near you, or via Amazon. If you have the option to purchase this book in its hardcover form, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I give Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, five out of five wagons.