“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 downloaded this one for a couple of reasons, I’d just read and enjoyed Switched by the same author and had gone looking to see if there were any of the original ebooks of the series still lurking about the internet (of course there weren’t). But, I did find this one, which was being offered up for free (and from what I can see still is) So I thought I’d give it a punt and try out some more of Hocking’s writing.
It’s from her self-publishing days, and while there’s probably not a lot glaringly wrong with it, it’s far from perfect as well. (Just in need of a good polish rather than major surgery though). There are a few moments when some of the descriptions lack colour and the plot drifts, but it clips along at a fair old rate and keeps the pages flicking past for the most part.
But the most important part of the books is the post apocalyptic setting and the zombies, get them wrong and the book would not be able to recover and, thankfully I thought they were well done. There’s a definite sense of desolation in the world Remy is travelling across and the zombies themselves pose a genuine threat. Of course the heroes find ways to defeat them (which to be honest you’d expect) but you do still get the feeling a slight slip and they’d be zombie food.
The characters are generally functional rather than memorable, but they are likeable enough and get the job done, and you do end up caring what happens to them.
It sounds like I’m picking fault rather more finding things to compliment, but I really did enjoy reading the book, it’s just neither brilliant nor totally rubbish.
While it’s still free and as long as you don’t expect anything amazing, Hollowland by Amanda Hocking is definitely worth a download and taking the time to read it.
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