Hollowland - the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows.....
Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. Then she meets his brother, Peter....
Alice has moved on and is settling into a new country with a new career as a vampire hunter....
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right....
Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed. She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It's the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead....
Sylvie has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option....
Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin's Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life....
With the help of her new companions, the path Kansas follows leads to more knowledge of the ever adapting famished....
Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends....
It's only been 10 years since the end, but it feels like a hundred for Emma, who has been alone since the beginning, surviving on the skills her crazy father forced on her....
An unputdownable EMP thriller with a brilliant twist! Best-selling EMP thriller author James Hunt, author of Surviving the Collapse and Static, which have collectively accumulated 200+ five-star reviews come together in this audio set for the first time....
Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin - a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
Reagan McClane is a prodigy med school student on the brink of a brilliant career, but the United States and the rest of the world are headed toward total economic and social collapse....
The virus spread. Billions died. The ending began. We may have survived the apocalypse, but the virus changed us....
Hi, I'm Alexis Delaney. I'm your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on....
Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana....
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.
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!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
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.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
The ending was realistic but not what I had hoped for, which leaves room for a sequel.
What three words best describe Eileen Stevens???s performance?
Believable, entertaining, good.
Do you think Hollowmen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
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.
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I almost DNF'd this at 10% it just took a pretty severe nose-dive from the first book. This book is also about as gory as you get. It also has a whole new cast of characters so the character development has to completely start over for everyone but the main character and I don't think she did as good of a job with this 'cast'.
This book kind of reminded me of a movie sequel to a zombie flick, new cast, lower budget, more gruesome.
All that said, once I got through the first part I was very entertained, the suspense kept me going.
Amanda Hocking concludes the series with an exciting story an a natural conclusion. The reader is engaged and interested the entire time.
As great as the show The Walking Dead combined with Resident Evil, great heroine who is smart and brave and not stupid like Twilight. The story flows well with you never knowing what will happen next.
Would you consider the audio edition of Hollowmen to be better than the print version?
I have only listened to the audio
What was one of the most memorable moments of Hollowmen?
When she finds her brother after she found out that the compound burned down
Which character – as performed by Eileen Stevens – was your favorite?
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
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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! <br/><br/>SPOILER:************************************<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>
Any additional comments?
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.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
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.
What could Amanda Hocking have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
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.
Which scene was your favorite?
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.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Decent zombie defense fortifications.
Any additional comments?
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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What did you love best about Hollowmen?
I really enjoyed this, although sad in some parts, it really is a great book. I recommend it!
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