My rating: 4 of 5 stars
More like a 3.5 stars but still the originality of it weighs in its favor. It's much slower and darker than the first book.There were entire scenes that I felt existed only to showcase yet another photo because they didn't do much to advance the plot and we could have done just as well without them.
It opens where the last book ended with the peculiar children rowing away from their island with Miss Peregrine stuck in her bird form and the wicked wights after them and WWII looming before them. Jacob has stuck with them even though he could go back to the present day without the fear of 'aging forward' as most of the other childern have to fear outside of the time loop (i.e. they're really elderly if not going to turn to dust before long). He stays because he's in love with the fire starting Emma (which okay, I always have trouble swallowing the I'm in love forever story tropes in teens this young. Yes I believe they believe it's real but really it's not something that pans out all that often).
The children run from loop to loop trying to find other ymbryne to save Miss Peregrine but almost all of the ymbrynes have been imprisoned by the wights for whatever nefarious purposes they have in mind. The talking animal menagrie of Miss Wren has put a deadline on this task of about 2-3 days or anything human will be lost to Miss Peregrine and she'll be a bird forever.
The children encounter hollowgasts, wights, soldiers, gypsies and German bombs as they struggle their way to and through London in search of Miss Wren, the only known ymbryne still not captured by the wights. Some of the children are left behind and new ones are picked up along the way. They encounter peculiars who want to fight for their right to live free and others who want nothing to do with peculiardom.
The story doesn't deviate much from it's simple plot but sometimes the path to it is overly long. The photos remain really neat. And like book one, this does finish up the plot but still manages to end on a cliffhanger, not my favorite sort of ending. That said, I will be looking for the next book in the series.
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