In the second novel entitled “Hollow City” we follow the peculiar children who have now escaped the loop of September 3rd 1940 now exiting into a war zone. Adrift in small boats, clutching small and precious possessions saved from the destroyed orphanage (including a door knob) and the hurt Miss Peregrine (in bird form) – the children are now left to fend on their own.
They need to find another loop and in another loop to find another headmistress that would be able to return Miss Peregrine to her original human form. But they lost the map and all they have left is a set of stories for children of the peculiar.
In their journey, they run across a new loop with animals that can talk and they get guided towards London. In this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
“I liked this idea: that peculiarness wasn’t a deficiency, but an abundance; that it wasn’t we who lacked something normals had, but they who lacked peculiarness. That we were more, not less.”
They encounter gypsies that had half a boy and another that could “throw his voice” around, the jump from train to train, they go into a loop that had a fair and they nearly get killed by wights (Hugh saves them with his bees).
They see a hollow girl and take her with them and they also run across the story of the Pigeons at St. Paul, which eventually leads them to another headmistress in an ice house.
“Bombs are falling and we’re reading stories, I thought. I have entered the realm of the insane. -Jacob”
The new peculiars in the book are quite fantastic. The girl with the long hair can create ice with her hands as much as Emma Bloom can create fire. The two boys are blind as bats and never let go of each other. They can move via echolocation and when separated they let out glass-breaking shrieks that saved their lives a few times. The weird animal at the end is half a giraffe and very kind.
The story ends with a twist! The peregrine bird they have been trying to save was not miss Peregrine at all but her brother who learned how to shift and now we find out that the wights have been collecting the “souls” of peculiar children in hopes of becoming more powerful themselves.
Jacob also learns he can communicate with the beasts in what is described a “demon voice” coming from within him. He uses this to manipulate a beast into attacking the wights.
All in all, an excellent read following Miss Peregrine’s Home for peculiar children.