Book Review: Hollowpox – The Hunt For Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Published in Australia on the 29th September, 2020 by Lothian Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette.

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Australian RRP: $17.99

Format: Paperback

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction, Magical Realism.

Page Count: 518

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Hachette Books Australia

Strange things are happening in Nevermoor…Morrigan Crow faces her most dangerous challenge yet in her latest Wundrous adventure. The highly anticipated third book in the award-winning Nevermoor series from one of Australia’s best selling and most loved authors.

Morrigan faces her most dangerous challenge yet in the highly anticipated third book in the New York Times bestselling series.

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 of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her.

But a strange illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning its peaceable 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 realises it is up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and the rest of Nevermoor – in more danger than ever before . . .

My Review:

Honestly, if you haven’t read Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor series, I cannot recommend them enough! Jessica Townsend’s imagination is honestly so awe inspiring and wonderfully vast, the world of Nevermoor just keeps amazing me with how wonderous, expansive and completely immersive it is!

I absolutely loved Hollowpox, right from the start! There was so much about this third installment that kept me wondering what would happen next! It was slightly unnerving, reading about a disease that was swarming majestic unnimals, turning them into bloodthirsty creatures hunting for prey!

I kept wondering, what had triggered the Hollowpox? Why was it affecting unnimals on such an extreme way, rendering them near lifeless! I’m not comparing the Hollowpox to the Coronavirus Pandemic, but it definitely was slightly unnerving reading about a disease ravaging unnimals, causing the citizens of Nevermoor to start to fear these completely beautiful creatures! All the while, I was not so secretly fearful for darling Fenestra (I’ve often said that every book needs a gigantic purple cat, a talking cat, no less!) and I was thinking just please don’t let anything bad happen to her!

I love the tight-knit dynamic between Morrigan (lovingly known as Mog to Jupiter, the brilliant man who whisked her away to Nevermoor to start a new, hopeful life on that fated life not too many years ago, Jack, Fenestra and the team that look after the Hotel Deucalion, a building that easily takes on a life of its own, protecting its inhabitants and dressing its rooms to cater to the comforts and needs of the people, too! (Such as when Mog is audibly stressed by the happenings of the Hollowpox, and her room provides her with feathered bedding, honestly just another part of Jessica Townsend’s brilliant world building, the detail she gives this this book world is absolutely stunning and I can’t get enough!

Perhaps though, what was most wicked in Hollowpox (and this is a completely different wicked from the malicious Hollowpox disease which ravishes the unnimals!) but no, I’m talking about Morrigan’s character development! After the slightly earth shattering revelations in Wundersmith, where Mog learnt that she possesses a power that she’s yet to master but could wield so brilliantly, but honestly it’s just completely brilliant as a whole, thinking back to the start of this amazing series, where Morrigan had always believed she was cursed and that she’d did once she reached a certain birthday!

I’m still thinking about this absolutely perfect book, which I am completely excited for book 4 of and honestly I’m completely wistful that there will be an infinite amount of books featuring Morrigan Crow! I can easily admit that it’s probably my favourite Middle Grade series, I just love how flawlessly and seamlessly inclusive Jessica Townsend is in her writing, there’s literally something in this series for everyone! Imagine my joy when there’s a super sweet female/female relationship revealed in this book, my heart! Annnd there’s an utterly brilliant, exciting battle scene set in an underground Library! Literal book bugs, which are every bit as menacing as they sound! I can still visualise that epic scene as I type this! There were so many completely exciting scenes, some filled with sadness but a lot filled with wonder and excitement!

At 518 pages, Hollowpox is completely as fast paced, adventurous and completely wonderous as its predecessors and I absolutely cannot wait for book 4! Especially as I feel like towards the penultimate reveals towards the ending of Hollowpox, that this book I think is quite possibly a game changer for Morrigan Crow! I’ve absolutely no doubt that she’s going to change from the brave and inquisitive girl that we know and love, but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what will be ahead for her with her forthcoming apprenticeship…

Please, honestly add Nevermoor to your To Be Read list, you won’t regret it! Step boldly and burn brightly right along with one of the most refreshing, brave characters, unashamed of being who she is! With Jessica Townsend’s gorgeous and immersive writing, you’re in for such a wonderful and whimsical adventure, go, go, go!

Happy Reading,


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