Hollowland (The Hollows #1)
by Amanda Hocking
Published October 6th 2010
"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 started this book this morning and finished about two minutes ago, enjoying the book much more than I thought I would. Like my feelings for aliens, zombies are a stretch for me, but I've been meaning to read this series for a while.
Firstly, I love Amanda Hocking. This was the first book I didn't purchase immediately because of the topic -zombies- but I'm really mad I didn't. Her writing in this story is wonderful. I loved her Trylle Trilogy or My Blood Approves books, but felt the writing could be further refined. She accomplished that with this book. She packed action from the beginning to end, to the point that I didn't realize how far into the story I was. Never once was I bored.
Okay, Remy, the heroine, is a kick-ass character. I loved her. That's that, there is nothing else I could say to describe her overall awesomeness. Kick ass. I was a little disappointed with her love interest, but can overlook that because I liked her so much. There could have been no romance in this book and I'd still be happy, it wasn't central to the them... and I didn't care. That wouldn't be a big deal, but I am a sucker for romances and look for them in the novels I read. Not this one, I wanted to know about her, not who she thought was cute.
The ending wasn't what I was expected, but it served it's purpose. I bought the sequel immediately. I won't give away spoilers, but I'm battling with myself. I want to start reading Hollowmen immediately because the Hollows did not leave me with the happy ending I needed for Remy and her makeshift family.
As long as the sequel has a happy ending, I'm willing to recommend this book to anyone. If not, I would feel cheated. The heroine has been through too much and fought too hard not to be happy in the end.
An army of half-dead monsters trudged towards us, and we had to make a decision.
"Run the f*****s over," Harlow said, and none of us disagreed with her.
I don't know why, but I absolutely loved this line. I thought it was hysterical that it came form Harlow and not any of the other characters.