By Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books, 400 pgs. Young Adult.
Hollow City is the second book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series and follows the path of a group of "peculiar" children on their quest to help Miss Peregrine and get a home again after theirs has been destroyed. It picks up pretty much exactly where the first one leaves off. So it really is better to read the first one because there is little back story or character build up when there is adventure to be had immediately. And this book really is a quick, engaging adventure story with mysterious people, more peculiar plot twists, and a surprising end that leaves you hanging.
The peculiar children all have certain talents or powers that make them oddities in the real world. They live in special loops that usually mean they won't be harmed. There are evil people though who want to steal the peculiar' talents and have found a way in the loops. Peculiar children everywhere have been kidnapped and their keepers either tortured or taken away. Miss Peregrine's children head to London which is the peculiar capital of the world, and face off against scary hallows as well as try and avoid being killed now that they have been placed in 1940 and bombings during World War II. They form new allies, new enemies and meet so many fun and interesting characters. The series is very unique in the way vintage photographs were used to build the worlds and characters that continue to impress.