Hallow City|By Ransom Riggs
This week I picked up in a trilogy I began last semester. Books of this nature (supernatural/scifi) are very hit and miss with me, and are not always something I would choose for myself. I purchased the first story in the trilogy, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children out of a desperate need for an audiobook to make my commute to school more tolerable. It was the only audiobook on the shelf, so I didn’t have much choice. Upon listening to it, I became enthralled with the story.
The premise of the book is about peculiars, or children with mysterious powers. There is a girl with immense strength, a boy that can bring dead things back to life, and many other children that have strange abilities. The children are stuck in a time loop where the same day repeats itself–September 3rd, 1943. If a peculiar was to live in the present, they would start to rapidly age and die. While in the time loop, a peculiar can never die. The peculiars live in a boarding house with an assigned caretaker. In the first book, evil forces attempt to kidnap the peculiar’s caretaker, which would cause harm to the time loop. Hallow City deals with the peculiar children attempting to rescue their caretaker.
Now that I’ve given you the most vague book summary in the history of time…(I’m realizing that it is difficult to review a book in the midst of a series that builds heavily on itself without spoiling everything.) Overall, I enjoyed the book. The only complaint I have is that the middle of these books tend to get a little dry. As I neared the end of Hallow City, I debated whether I wanted to go directly into book three of this series, or take a break next week. Then, out of nowhere came a crazy cliffhanger (same sort of thing happened in book one). It gave a renewed sense of life to the story, and made me want to jump straight into book three. I will report back next week with my thoughts on the last of the Miss Peregrine books!