Friday Book Review: Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

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

Remy King, the 19-year-old action heroine of Amanda Hocking‘s Hollowland, is a fascinating character who grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. When the government safe-haven she lives at is overrun by zombies, Remy picks up the guns of fallen soldiers and joins the battle.  She’s not just fighting for herself, she’s also fighting for her 8-year-old brother Max, the only other member of her family to survive the zombie apocalypse.  When she finds out he’s been spirited away to another safe-haven, she heads out to find him.

Remy’s no-nonsense kickassery in her quest to rescue her brother moves the story along at a brisk pace. The supporting cast of characters, including a washed up rock star and Remy’s pet lion, Ripley, are entertaining and interesting. The obstacles they find on their path keep the tension high.

The underlying message, which Z.E.R.O. has seen firsthand throughout the years, is the importance of familial bonds. Remy’s dedication to her brother is beyond admirable. No matter how slim the odds, she keeps focused on her mission to find him.  Hocking’s action-packed, young adult novel is thrilling for all ages and is worth the read.

Did I mention it’s free on kindle? Click Hollowland (The Hollows, #1) to get it at Amazon.

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