If you are like me, then you can not wait for Ransom Riggs’ second installment in his awesome Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. So when this cover art (ahem, cover photography) was released I transcended to Nerd Nirvana (yeah, its a thing). The second installment of Riggs’ wildly fun and strange series is entitled Hollow City and the cover photo alone ramps up the excitement for me.
If you have not heard of Mr. Riggs or his first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, I do not know whether to feel bad for you or excited because you still get to discover it’s awesomeness. Its a simple premise Ransom uses for his book, which is a mix of fairy tale and urban fantasy. Riggs uses found vintage photographs (photos that are real and, except for one or two, undoctored) and weaves them into his story for an affect that is both spooky and wonderful. I have never seen this work so well as it does for Miss Peregrine. When I first picked up Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children I did not know what to expect and figured it was just some gimmicky Young Adult book; boy, was I wrong. You need to read this book and then get ready for it’s sequel – Hollow City. The photos are a perfect compliment to the story; it begs the question as to what came first? The pictures or the story? Another installment of this series is a blessing either way – after all, its not like we really care what came first in the chicken or the egg debate.
Without being too spoilerish, The Miss Peregrine series tells the story of a Florida kid who discovers his Grandfather has certain powers and grew up with other kids with special powers in a unique school. He goes off to find this school and the adventure begins. It is so much more than that; and its not just the pictures. Riggs weaves a great story and doesn’t rely on the photos, but rather just lets them accompany the story – like a fine red with a steak at dinner.
If you need anything to read go pick up Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and fall in love with it. Then I will see you at the bookstore in January 2014 so we can both get our copy of Hollow City. You can thank me later.