Author- Ransome Riggs
Year of publication- 2014
Publisher- Quirk Books
Listening Time: 11h 39mins
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Genre- Young Adult Literature/Dark Fantasy/ Paranormal fiction
This book serves as the second instalment in the Peculiar trilogy. It carries on from where the first book left off with Jacob and his friends travelling across the ocean in a bid to change their Ymbryne back to human. After a series of harrowing events, can they find the last uncaptured Ymbrine to save theirs?
I reviewed the first series a few months ago and after listening to the second book, I think it will be a great idea to explain the different characters and give you guys a deeper understanding of the story.
Peculiars are the main characters in the books and the reason we have these stories. Peculiars also known as syndrigasti are a sub set of people with different abilities ranging from invisibility to flight. Peculiars for the most part look like normal people but for some who have certain distinctive physical characteristics from that of a normal person. Apparently, peculiars were once worshipped by normals. However, people began to fear them and hunted them forcing them to hide in time loops. These time loops kept them safe and young as they chose one day and relived it everyday. Hence the ‘time loop’. For Jacob’s friends, it’s September 3 1940. However, some peculiars felt that they needed to be gods again and performed a ghastly experiment that resulted in the ‘baddies’ we have in the book now. I will be explaining these characters in a few moments but before that, I need to explain Ymbrynes.
Ymbrynes are female peculiars with the ability to manipulate time, take the shape of their named bird and create time loops. Ymbrynes are responsible for a particular time loop and the protection of peculiar children from normals, wights and hollowgasts. The Ymbrynes are named according to the birds they can shapeshift into. (A peregrine is a kind of Falcon). This story introduces us to Miss peregrine’s time loop and her peculiar children. In the second book, the children find out that Miss Perengrine is injured and stuck in bird form. Unless they can save her in time, Miss Peregrine will be trapped as a bird forever. The peculiar children set out to find Miss Wren, the only Ymbryne yet to be kidnapped by Wights. Will they find her in time to save Miss Peregrine? Will they find her before they are captured by the wights or eaten by Hollowgasts?
Many peculiars believed that they should rule over normals and lesser peculiars. As a result, they began kidnapping Ymbrynes and peculiars in order to perform an experiment that would make them immortal. The experiment (now known as The Experiment Of 1908) went horribly wrong and instead of becoming gods, they were devolved into soulless monsters known as hollowgasts. Hollowgasts are invisible monsters who have an appetite for peculiars and when a hollowgast has consumed enough peculiars, they evolve into wights.
Wights are evolved hollowgasts and are instantly recognisable because of their pupilless eyes. The wights apparently have no memory of their previous life except for the fact that they want to redo their experiment. They carry on chasing down Ymbrynes and peculiars in a bid to re-experiment and make themselves immortal. It is alleged in this book that peculiars are how they are because they have a second soul. The wights seek to use this second soul as a means to acquire their god like status. Many of them are highly intelligent and chase after Jacob and his friends throughout the entire book. Hollowgasts and wights work hand in hand to kidnap peculiars and ymbrynes
Once I started listening to the second series, I knew I made the right choice. Hollow city is unpredictable and the ending left me with this sinking feeling and filled with shock. Every chapter was filled with twists, turns and action and at no point did I feel like the book dragged.
The writer’s description of these characters is amazing and I feel like even someone with the lowest imagination can visualise the people in the books. I can see why Tim Burton made it into a movie. However, the film took a very different turn towards the end and did not follow the books. It actually pisses me off when filmmakers feel the need to rewrite the genius work of authors and make it subpar. Like, just stick to the story.
Should I read?
Yes, Yes and Yes. I actually listened to the book from audible and I loved the narrator’s use of different accents and voices to distinguish the characters. I am currently listening to the third book and I am very excited to share it with you. Have any of you read the books. Feel free to leave your comments below.
That’s it for now guys, have a nice read and I hope to see you guys in the next post.
P.s It’s my birthday today. I was born 26th June. So today I am wishing you all the light and love in the world. I hope you all have a nice day.