Hollowmen - the sequel to Hollowland....
After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren't the worst of her problems.
This is a young adult novel with strong language, violence, and sexual situations. Not recommended for listeners under the age of 17.
Also listen to the first book, Hollowland.
©2011 Amanda Hocking (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I completed Hollowland and Hollowmen in a weekend of housework and errands that would have felt like a wasted weekend without them. I can see why Amanda Hocking has been described as an online phenomenon. Since listening to Hollowland I have searched for everything she has written and she is quite prolific. My wish list looks like her bibiography...and I have yet to be disappointed. I am not her target audience, it's been a long time since I could claim young adulthood but the genre is producing so many excellent books that I just can't resist. I also have a tween who loves to read (and listen!) and I like to know what she is reading and offer suggestions. Every once in awhile I find an author like Hocking and I get to feel like a superhero in my daughters eyes! Thanks to Amanda Hocking I am metaphorically wearing a giant 'S' on my shirt!
After having read the first book - which I thoroughly enjoyed - I was looking forward to this book. Overall I enjoyed it but it was not as interesting as the first. I also didn't believe some of the decisions the characters made when faced with challenges. They made me feel that the originally strong character that had survived by her wits had turned into an airhead. But overall, a good read that held my interest until the end.
The ending was realistic but not what I had hoped for, which leaves room for a sequel.
Believable, entertaining, good.
Yes; to change the ending of the story and if it makes sense, to pick out and follow other characters once all loose ends are tied up with the originals.
I have only listened to the audio
When she finds her brother after she found out that the compound burned down
I always pull for a strong female character, and Remy is the epitome of them. Not only is she badass in killing zombies but she is also just as devoted as keeping her loved ones safe
It made me laugh a few times, but it also made me sad. So many characters died in this book, just when i would start to like someone, BAM, dead!
It made me really sad that Harlow and Blue died but i love how she kept hold of the realism throughout the whole book. If this was to really happen, people wouldn't just simply live because we liked them, a lot of people would die. In TV shows, i.e. The Walking Dead.. They very rarely kill off main characters, and while i love the show and hate to see the characters go there isn't much of a sense of realism. When people in this book separate (like her and Lazlow) they don't see each other again. A lot of authors would have just given us the ending we wanted with Remy, Lazlow, Max, Harlow, Blue, and Ripley living happily ever after, but that just isn't realistic. Sometimes what makes a book good are the realistic and true moments that happen. It did take me a little by surprise because i am so used to getting the perfect fairy tale ending that i love, but it was really refreshing. It didn't end badly, but it was just as it should have been. The zombies weren't magically going to disappear, and though they found a nice place to settle and call home, there will always be the threat of zombies out there, and instead of living in constant fear that something would happen, they finally just let things happen and try to be happy for as long as they can.
I would like to see a novella from Lazlows POV explaining what happened to Harlow and if he lived or died. It would be nice to see him fall in love again and get the ending he deserves, but i have a feeling he died lol
This was a very good book, I particularly enjoyed the sequence between books "Hollowmen and Hollowland" the narrator was great, funny at times when she tried to imitate male voices, overall she did a great job. The book was easy to understand and follow, the story, characters and plot was great. I enjoyed this book. A final note, this book is not a typical zombie story, although there were fights for survival, it concentrated mostly in the humane area, great twist to the story.
Insecure goth teen girls. Hocking attempts to envelop the protaganast, Remey, in the obnoxious, "you go girl" feministic power embodied by the Spice Girls coupled with the dystopian morbidity of Marlyn Manson. But her motivation is completely alien to someone with a fully developed adult brain. Throughout the series, Remey forces herself to be both the martyred motherly protector, responsible for the lives of people who are too stupid to live in a world filled with zombies, and the mauradering woman warrior companion of He-Man, destroying all that is evil - complete with female lion familiar. This wouldn't necessairly be a bad combination, but Hokings depiction of Remey is that of an angsty, coprecious teen girl who simply can't decide which of her impluses to act upon. She faces a constantly repeating story arc, where she sees an obvious danger, decides not to do anything about it for the sake some sort of misplaced feminine reservedness, waits until the problem becomes an emergency, then defeats the threat through some sort of go-girl super power. My guess is that this book might appeal to insecure teen girls who are going though the adolecent process of carving out an adult identity, but the protaganast's motivations are so exagerated that I find it hard to believe that anyone would enjoy listening to a story that is best described as a grossly distorted characture of human behavior.
One of two things. Either the protaganast could stop her cycle of perpetual self-doubt, and just kill the people who need to be killed as soon as she recognizes the need for killing. Or, the protaganast could be ripped to pieces by zombies in the first 5 minutes because she doubted an obvious instinct she knew to be right, which is a fate she rightly deserves.
The scene where Remey is strapped to a hospital gurney and is forced to close a surgical opening in her abdomen by herself, without anesthesia. This scene was my favorite because of the unintentional irony of an exceedingly strong woman who consistently makes poor decisions. Hockings was digging so unbelieveably deep to demonstrate Remey's toughness without realizing how the main character's willingness to make self-sacrafices undermines any strength she might posess. It's of no value for a young woman to be so though when she VOLUNTEERED to undergo horrific medical expiriments out of some misplaced sense of motherlyness. Strength gudied by stupidity isn't strength, it's a protracted weakness.
Decent zombie defense fortifications.
This is the only book that I stopped listening to so that I could imagine my own ending where the main character dies in the manner that she would actually die if she found herself in the plot line of this book.
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