Review: In Hollow City, the story of Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children changes pretty dramatically. There is a lot less focus on getting to know each child, even the main character, and a great deal more focus on the plot. Things are getting rather desperate for the children as they try to find a way to save Miss Peregrine from becoming a bird permanently. Of course, there are more creepy pictures (though I found them to be less interesting this time around, perhaps because the newness had worn off), and the impossible continues to become the possible.
The tone is a much heavier, more serious and dire, not only because of the trials the children are facing, but also because they have fallen out of the loop and begun moving forward in the time period they had been avoiding, leaving them wading their way through a world war that devastates the region. The scenes directly related to conveying the horrors of that war were perhaps the greatest surprise to me. I wasn’t expecting to pick up this book and read such heart-wrenching depictions of the war, but it was some of the best writing in the entire book. Better even than anything in the first. And the twist at the end requires picking up the third book at some point.
If you enjoyed the first in this series (as I did), I suspect you’ll enjoy the second book even more (as I did), so long as you aren’t expecting quite so much whimsy.