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Hollow City is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and it picks up right where that one left off – with Jacob and the children adrift in the ocean following the destruction of their home and their loop on the island. They find land finally, only to find the wights have followed them, and thus begins a mad dash through England trying to find the one last ymbryne besides Miss Peregrine that hasn’t been captured.
There will be a third book in this series – Library of Souls, due out September of this year – so this doesn’t wrap up the story, but it does a fine job of making you think it will right up until the very end. I enjoyed this book immensely, though not as much as I enjoyed the first one. It felt like the success of the first one came as a surprise, so the writing of the sequel had to be hurried up a little; whereas the storyline in the first one was tight and well crafted, parts of Hollow City felt a little rushed and under-baked. Jacob was a little too verbose and introspective in parts for the action happening at the time – you wonder how he had the time to think such grand thoughts when he’s being chased half the book. Despite some slow parts especially in the middle, I kept with it and really enjoyed the ending, which has me chomping at the bit for the third book.
As I said with the first book, this is technically YA fiction but it doesn’t feel young or dumbed down in any way. I would enthusiastically recommend this to anyone! So now that I have to wait for the next book, I’m looking for a new one to read – I just started Shades of Milk and Honey, which is like if Jane Austen had written a fairy tale. Has anyone else read it? What are you enjoying right now?