Hollow City (novel)
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|Genre||Young adult literature, horror literature,|
Published in English
|January 14, 2014|
|Media type||Print, e-book, audiobook|
|Preceded by||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children|
|Followed by||Library of Souls|
Hollow City is a 2014 dark fantasy novel and a sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children written by Ransom Riggs. It was released on January 14, 2014 by Quirk Books. The novel is set right after the first, and sees Jacob and his friends fleeing from Miss Peregrine's to the "peculiar capital of the world", London.
After fleeing in a boat from the hollowgasts, the peculiar children are caught up in a bad storm and need to find land. They land on a beach only to find that the wights are trying to track them down, so they flee into the forests of the mainland. With nowhere to run, the group wander aimlessly, until they find a statue from The Tales of the Peculiar. There, they discover a time loop with the help of their book The Tales of the Peculiar and escape into it. Surprisingly, it is full of peculiar animals, who embrace and thank them for killing a hollow which had for a long time roamed in the time loop. After learning that Miss Wren, the ymbryne of this unique menagerie time loop, had flown to London to rescue her other fellow ymbrynes, the peculiar children leave in search of her, in hopes that she can turn Miss Peregrine back into a human, before her human self is lost forever. They travel with Gypsies whose leader has a peculiar son.
While trying to board a train, they are ambushed by wights and held in a small shed at gunpoint until Hugh, who had managed to evade capture, used the bees in his stomach to save his friends. The group then continue on their journey and intercept the train to board, and find Miss Peregrine, whom they had accidentally left on the train in Bronwyn's trunk previously.
In the city, they see horrible things left by bombings as they search for Miss Wren's flock of peculiar pigeons, which the group believes can lead them to her; they find a peculiar girl named Sam who can suffer bad injuries and be OK but she doesn't survive the war. They manage to make it to Saint Paul's Cathedral thanks to the book, where they enter an underground crypt and find two peculiar children named Joel and Peter who are echolocators and seem to share one mind. The brothers lead them to where the pigeons normally stay and only Emma, Jacob, and Horace enter following the flutter of pigeons wings up to the attic where they meet an aggressive girl named Melina Manon who is a peculiar teenager gifted with telekinesis. Initially, Melina distrusts them but after Horace proves his peculiarity, begs to travel with them, bringing a peculiar pigeon that they believe will lead them to Miss Wren. They finally reach a time loop under the pigeon's guidance that leads them to Miss Wren however the pigeon was killed by 'miss peregrine.' Miss Wren is hiding in a building coated in thick ice to prevent wights from entering and proceeds to help Miss Peregrine retain her human form once again, which she estimates will take the whole night. Meanwhile, Jacob, Millard and Emma deduce that the wights are extracting peculiar souls and feeding them to hollowgasts, allowing them to attain the ability to pass through time loops.
Miss Wren is finally able to allow Miss Peregrine to change back into human form, but everyone is shocked to find out that the falcon is not Miss Peregrine at all, but her brother Caul, a wight. He reveals that it was himself and not Miss Peregrine that the children rescued from the submarine and that he has been following them to gain access to Miss Wren's menagerie and find Miss Wren herself, the only ymbryne that had managed to evade capture. Contacting the other wights, they proceed to kidnap every peculiar person in the building. While being marched away, Jacob manages to buy Emma time for her to melt their cuffs and escape into a phone booth in the present, where Jacob uses his cell phone to call his father to reassure him that he is alive, and discovering he has yet another hidden talent apart from seeing hollowgasts – the ability to speak to and control them as well.
- Riggs, Ransom (7 February 2013). "Hi! I'm still alive . . ". Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
- Lee, Stephan (May 29, 2013). "See the title and an excerpt from the sequel to 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
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