“Hollow City” picks up where “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” left off with Jacob, now a part of the 1940s world of Peculiar Children and discovering his own peculiarity. Their time loop however has been discovered and attacked by the dreaded Hollows and Wights, neither of which should be physically capable of entering the loop to begin with. With bombs dropping, guns exploding, and monsters gnashing, the Peculiar Children make a run for it. Their beloved ymbryne though is attacked and forced to take her peregrine shape. The only blessing that comes their way is that while they are rowing across the crashing waves to the mainland and away from their island home, they are able to rescue Miss Peregrine, now injured and forced to stay as a bird. Their struggles do not cease when they reach land as this puts them in harms way not only from the Hollows and Wights, but also the terrors of World War II. They are attacked and then rescued by a band of gypsies, held hostage by an over-confident Wight, fall into a new loop, discover a league of peculiar animals, and set out for London where it is rumored they will find more ymbrynes.
I enjoy where the story is headed and am looking forward to the final book in the series though Riggs has been especially dodgy and setting a time frame. The hallmark of this story (besides an engaging plot) was that the characters were quite obviously flawed. It wasn’t so much that bad things just kept happening to them but more that they made mistakes but also triumphed as well. I think that it is common for characters, whether on screen or in our best-loved books, to be either too perfect or too flawed; their life is absolutely perfect or they struggle so completely that you have to wonder if the character will ever be redeemed. Characters despite their magic and whimsy and all of the differences that divide them from us somehow become greater if we can find a way to connect to them; their flaws and their ability to survive and grow.