Goodreads: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow
Series: Nevermoor #3
Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts, and control the power that threatens to consume her.
But a strange and frightening illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning infected Wunimals into mindless, vicious Unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realizes it’s up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and everyone in Nevermoor – in more danger than she ever imagined.
I cannot say enough good things about the Nevermoor series. Book one captured me with its lovable characters, its action-packed plot, and its whimsical and magical world. Each book in the series has built upon the last, keeping the same magic, but revealing new aspects of the world, so that every installment has felt fresh yet familiar. Hollowpox once again works its charms to invite readers into a land where seemingly anything can happen. But, though danger goes hand-in-hand with wonder, readers know that our bold protagonist Morrigan can handle anything thrown at her, with the help of her friends. Readers who have loved the Nevermoor series thus far will not want to wait to pick up a copy of Hollowpox.
Part of the challenge of a series is to keep writing books that do not repeat themselves, but still seem interesting and worthwhile. Hollowpox rises to that challenge. Jessica Townsend effortlessly manages to keep revealing things about Morrigan’s world that are new and novel, but also seem fitting. In this third book, readers get to watch Morrigan try to grow into her power, even though her own school and classmates fear it. The concept of “ghostly hours” neatly solves the problems of Morrigan’s lessons, while also providing pertinent background information in a way that will keep readers’ interest.
The best part of the Nevemoor books may very well be the worldbuilding. Townsend has a created a place readers will long to visit, from its tricky trap streets to the wondrous Hotel Deucalion and the breathtaking Christmas festivities. Every day in Nevermoor seems like a kind of celebration, and the book practically seems to exude joy. Presumably, Morrigan does not always feel the same way. She has to attend school and such. But…it is a magic school! And ever ordinary days in Nevermoor are really never ordinary.
Each wait between a new Nevemoor book can feel like an eternity. Having to leave its magical streets always comes as a bit of a shock. But the wonderful thing about Nevermoor is that it is always waiting, and the books never grow old. I am excited for the next installment of the series. But I know I’ll be returning to the first three books in the meantime.