"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. - Goodreads Blurb
As an Amanda Hocking fan, as soon as I saw Hollowland on Amazon, I bought it without another thought. It's a rather short book and a very easy read. Three and a half hours of my time were spent devouring it completely. I couldn't stop reading and it was such an exhilarating ride through the waste lands of Zombie Conquered America.
The main character, Remy, is, for lack of a better word, a badass. She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty or covered in greenish zombie blood goo. She's such a strong character that it isn't a surprise the other characters want to stay with her, wherever she goes. If someone's going to survive this zombie infested world - it will be Remy.
The thing I like most is that Remy has a soft side, even if she refuses to show it. Remy acknowledges that if she lets her emotions take over then she might as well stop fighting. Throughout her journey across America to find her little brother (who is said to be in a quarantine), Remy loses a lot of people that she had started to care about. She admits that if she took the time to grieve, she'd give up. So she keeps going.
Amanda Hocking's plot throughout this novel was incredible. Remy's quarantine is attacked by zombies and in an attempt to find her brother amidst the chaos, she escapes death. She learns that her brother was taken to another quarantine and Remy vows that she will find him. Along her way, Remy teams up with others who join her trek hoping to find somewhere safe to live. Which allows Hocking to add a sideline romance to her twisting plot.
The only negative thing I have to say about this novel is the editing. There were more than a few places where words didn't make sense or were completely left out. But I'm trying not to hold it against the novel. It was an action packed thrill ride that consumed me. And there's a second one...
rating: 4/5 cups