Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review: Hollowland

Hollowland (Hollows #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Format: Kindle
Genre: YA Dystopian, Paranormal
Publication Date: October 6, 2010

Hollowland - the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows...

"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
I read Amanda Hocking's Trylle Trilogy a few years ago and loved them. So when I saw the kindle version of Hollowland free on amazon, I decided to grab it.

The protagonist is Remy King, an emotionally cut off 19 year old, who is racing across the country in search of her kid brother, Max. After a zombie attack on the government quarantine the army moved Max, who was in the care of the medical ward, to another quarantine to the North.

With the help of friends, Harlow, Lazlo & Blue and her newly acquired lioness, Ripley, she treks across many states in search of Max. Along the way they run into hordes of zombies (of course), a crazy cult leader, deadly marauders and an underground refuge that seems too good to be true. The action in this book just kept coming at you. I felt tired after ready the book because of all these poor characters were put through.

I can't say that I enjoyed all the characters. For instance, Harlow was just flat out annoying to me. She was the little-sister type that was overly clingy and loved to whine over everything. I'm not sure about you but when the world is overrun by zombies and you're fighting for your life, the last thing I would want around is a whiny kid that didn't couldn't do anything. Blue was a small character but I think was very important to the story line with his medical background. They probably would have been killed off really early in the book without him around.

Lazlo and Remy would have to be my favorites, though. Remy because even though she is only 19, she is a total hard ass. She had one objective in mind, to get to her brother, and there was nothing that was going to stand in her way. Despite her being closed off and many (many) rejections, somehow Lazlo broke through her barrier and made Remy care. Sweet little love like that always makes me swoon.

I think Amanda Hocking did a good job at writing this book. As soon as I finished, I went directly to amazon and picked up the second book, Hollowmen. Be on the lookout for that review as well.

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