Saturday, 8 March 2014

Hollow City

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, #2)Title : Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Quirk Books
ISBN : 1594746125 (ISBN13: 9781594746123)
Source copy: Bought at National Bookstore

Synopsis:

The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London the peculiar capital of the world. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reacting experience. 

Source : Goodreads 





"Strange, I thought, how can you be living in your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time"
- Jacob

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children already made a wild bang in my head until the end, which is why I clearly admit that I have high expectations on Hollow City. The great thing is that, Hollow City definitely rotates and bends my insights for the peculiar children.  Ransom Riggs clearly enhanced and proved that words can mold to create playful characters yet engaging at the same time. I admired reading Jacob’s point of view and it did not fail me to see the distance between being an ordinary kid and a peculiar one.

First off, I almost feel the loneliness they felt even if they managed to save Miss Peregrine, the peculiar children still felt that their world suddenly crumbled.  As for Jacob, I see him as the boy who was still lost and dense to hear the voices inside his head. Like going back and live an ordinary life. But I liked that part of Jacob that whenever he thinks on going back to the boy he once was, he sees himself not being with Emma and the other peculiars feels like living without any purpose at all. Even from the start, he clearly made up his mind to accept his peculiarity.

It satisfies me even more that despite their journey to bring back the human form of Miss Peregrine, they still have the guts and courage to make some jokes out of it, just to free their burden at one point. I still see their childhood beyond it, beneath their very old age of existence. And as a reader, it brings me comfort that somehow, things loosen up for them.

Hollow City also shows more peculiarities of every event. In which I dearly adore. I even see their other power and some secrets that they wanted to hide forever as much as possible. Because even on the first book I am already curious with the very details of their other life before they were found by Miss Peregrine. The second book emphasizes the life of the peculiar children that is why on every page, I sometimes read it over and over again just to go back and imagine again how their life looks like before they discovered that they were peculiar.

The places they went through are clearly described and I was engulfed with it. I loved the way Ransom Riggs describes an entirely wrecked city yet it feels completely pleasing in my mind. I’m not stating that I love wrecked places but it’s the words that will effortlessly walk you through the places they’ve been is majestic.
There parts that totally devastates me and of course, I won’t write it on this post because I will spoil anything and I don’t want to do that. But for me, it looks great to see how the peculiar children became more challenging and aware to the fact that they were clearly outnumbered.


At the end of the Hollow City, it undeniably made a hole in my chest. I kept on thinking “Why on earth it has to be that way?” or “What they are supposed to do next” and “Damn, wights. ” The end will give you the ache all over your heart. Moreover, Hollow City definitely the perfect sequel that will definitely makes the readers swept off with the characters. It shows the twisted situations of being brave and to stand out to fight even in the most crucial times. I even loved how Hollow City made the characters even more mature enough to decide between love and responsibility. 


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