Title: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow
Series: Nevermoor #3
Author: Jessica Townsend
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/ Orion Children’s Books
Release Date: October 27, 2020
Page Length: 548
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rating: 4.5 ⭐
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and return to Nevermoor. I ended up waiting longer than I had to, but I’m so glad I waited to read this. I think if I had read it at the end of last year, it would have made my Top 10. But of course I set those up back in November and released them in December (on TBR and Beyond Book Club) and I didn’t get around to create a post that revised it. So really, long story short, I feel like this will definitely be on my Top list for 2021.
Morrigan has grown over the previous two books, and this one is more of the same! There’s more magic within this book and that made me super happy! I loved the idea of Morrigan’s magic, but we are only starting to understand the system and the importance of Wundersmiths. Hollowpox dives into it even more than Wundersmith and I’m really happy with how Townsend is setting up this system. I can’t wait to see how Morrigan grows throughout this series.
There was less of a focus on her friends this time around. It felt like Morrigan was more on her own trying to figure out a solution, where in the previous two novels she had had friends to help. I understand why Townsend went in this direct, but I’m not sure I want anymore books with Morrigan working solely on her own. I like the dynamic she has with her friends – and this book seemed to revert Morrigan back to being isolated.
Speaking of isolation and the elephant in the room – let’s talk about Hollowpox. I can see why some people are reminded of COVID and how we, in 2020/2021, currently living. This book already had the feeling of isolation and adding Hollowpox to it, it really did feel like COVID had impacted Nevermoor too. That being said, I found Hollowpox to be interesting. I wish we had actually gotten more exposure to what exactly happened to the Wunanimals – how it was transfered, what all they experience, how they felt while under the infection (do they know what’s happening) – but that, again, may be because of the times.
I don’t feel like that aspect of the story impacted my feelings for this book. What was lacking for me, compared to previous books, was the friendships. Had there been more involvement with Morrigan’s friends, I feel like this would be a 5 star book, but for now I’m going to have to give it 4.5 stars.
I highly recommend this series and can’t wait for the next one to be announce. I will likely do a reread of the series before book 4 is released.
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