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Hollowland - the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows... "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 fl...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by Amanda Hocking (first published September 28th 2010)
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Lucy
I can't decide what was worse: the writing quality or the plot of the book? The writing was rough but mostly functional. Amanda Hocking will never be accused of having pretty prose... or character development, but more on that later. The writing is utterly devoid of any emotion. Things happen and the character reacts -- period. There's no tears, no wibbling, no real internal thoughts. In the aftermath of any event the main character, Remy, shrugs off what went down as necessary and that's all. H...more
Jennifer
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^REMY^ is one badass zombie killer! Nineteen year old Remy and her eight year old brother Max have been living at a quarantine. When the quarantine goes under attack by zombies, Remy escapes with another girl named Harlow but her brother was already evacuated. Remy will stop at nothing to find him. Heading north to where she was told her brother was taken, she picks up a lion, a doctor named Blue, and a rock star named Lazlo. R...more
Samantha Young
Holy Hell! This is a short read but it packs a lot of punch. Not since the Alien films have I come across such a strong and incredible Heroine as Remy. Between her and the aptly named lioness, Ripley, whom Remy kind of picks up along her across state venture to find her brother, there is an abundance of totally brutal feminine power. It is no wonder Ripley has such an affinity for Remy...she recognises another with the heart of a lioness.

This is a fast-paced, action-packed, tense, gory thrill ri...more
Lord Grim
I downloaded the kindle version of this book when it was free. I was robbed. Amanda Hocking does a lazy, slapdash job of crafting a post-apocalyptic zombie story with not-quite likable characters and a somewhat passable plot. The protagonist is Remy, a teenage girl facing humanity's doom at the hands (and gnarly teeth) of flesh-eating zombies. In the chaos of a zombie attack she is separated from her little brother and the story is essentially her harrowing quest to find him. Along the way she...more
Amazon80
2.5 stars
Nineteen year-old Remy King is traveling across zombie infested lands to find her little brother, Max King. They were separated when the last quarantine compound they were residing in was over run by zombies. Along the way Remy meets a few other survivors and together they try to reach Max at another quarantine facility up north.

The Zombies are cool but scary. They are not the slow moving, “I want brains” zombies but more of the “28 Days Later” adrenaline jacked kind of zombies. I don’...more
Kim Bowen
One thing I've learned about owning a Kindle is you get a chance to read free or really cheap books from authors you might never have discovered on your own. This is one of those books. I read it in two days...two really busy days and I had to try hard to squeeze in the time so it definitely held my interest.

Zombies aren't usually my thing. But I enjoyed this fast-paced read. Here is what I liked: Some good character development. Lots of action. The dialogue was believable once you suspended the...more
Claire Elise
Currently, as I write this review, my cat is trying to lay across my keyboard. So tif there are any misspellings...blame on the fat cat of mine who's desperate for my loving attention me to feed him.

I did, surprisingly enjoy this book. It was free, and since I have a nook I downloaded it off of smashwords. Barnes and noble has it for like 1.99 or something. It's free for kindles too.

I loved Remy. She was a strong kick-ass woman and her personality was so unique. At one point, her stubbornness...more
Anne
I've been hearing about Amanda Hocking for over a year now, but since I didn't own an e Reader...sob
Well, that changed this Christmas, when Santa left a Nook under the tree for me. God bless that fat bastard! (view spoiler)
Anyway, if you haven't heard of Ms. Hocking yet, I highly suggest you go look her up. It's pretty amazing how well she did without a publisher.

Ok. On to the review.
This is a YAish book about zomb...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual rating: 2.5 Stars

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

Thus begins Hollowland, a post-apocalyptic zombie novel centered around a 19-year-old girl named Remy. At the start of the story, Remy is at a government facility that shelters people from zombies. The bad news: the zombies have gotten in. Remy's young brother has been evacuated before everyone else (for "medical reasons" ... although it turns out to not be as simp...more
Joy (joyous reads)
I am thoroughly convinced that this is how the world will end: Zombies. I have this strange fear and fascination about them so I try to procure as much books as I can about these rabid, virus-infested creatures. I've been lucky to have enjoyed what I've read so far. Unfortunately, I encountered so many problems with this book.

I'm finding it hard to write about the cracks in the plot without spoiling one of the major conflicts in the book. Suffice it to say, whatever inconsistencies I found, were...more
Novels On The Run
MICHELLE'S REVIEW:

RATING: 5 Tatum and Lazlo stars!!!

Firstly I would like to show you Amanda's original cover for this awesome zombie book. I really do like her new one up above. Gives me a face to Remy's character.

If you don't know of Amanda Hocking, never read any of her work, well have a nose around this blog and you will see that I am a huge fan. Go on....this review can wait....but make sure you come back to this exact spot!!

I must admit I am not a zombie fan..you know, blood, gore, fugly, g...more
Paul Allih
Honestly I can't believe this book is getting rated so high on here... the writing was so poorly executed that I couldn't finish it. Occasional typos don't bother me from a self published author... hell, you even find them in books from big publishing houses, but this was ridiculous. These were errors that could have been corrected as she was writing the book in any kind of word processing software.It's pretty obvious that this book was not proof read at all or even even given a second glance by...more
Brad Savage
There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't been said already. So I'll keep it simple. Hollowland is a is a turd in the punchbowl of self-published literature. There's some good stuff out there, but when you bump up against this stinker, it ruins the whole thing. That's a shame because there's some real talent out there and some good books to experience. So I resent not only the author wasting my time with this drivel, I resent the fact that it's wasting the time of impressionable yo...more
Robert Beveridge
Amanda Hocking, The Hollows, vol. 1: Hollowland (CreateSpace, 2010)

It has been three months, as I write this, since the news broke that Amanda Hocking, one of the one-in-a-million vanity-/self-published wonders who keep everyone else convinced that CreateSpace/iUniverse/etc. are the literary equivalent of the yellow brick road, inked a deal with St. Martin's Press that's reported to be somewhere in the seven figures. Which sounds impressive until you read Hocking's blog and discover how much she...more
Rhiannon Frater
Overall, this is one of the better zombie books out there right now. It's a solid 3.5 in my opinion. It is a very quick read, but it is still a lot of fun. There are a few things that I didn't care for, but as the book continues it gets stronger.

I really liked some of the supporting characters a lot. Blue and Harlow were my favorites. I felt they were a perfect compliment to our main character of Remy. Lazlo really didn't do much for me and their love story was of zero interest to me.

Remy is a l...more
Angela
What can I possibly say about this book other than “meh”? I’ll give it a go but “meh” basically sums this up.

I downloaded this to read because a) it has zombies in it and I have a particular penchant for these undead and cannibalistic creatures, and b) it was free.

This is a very easy read but that is down to the rather wafer thin plot and extremely coarse use of language and writing style. The lack of a solid plot only serves the (lack of) quality in the writing to an advantage.

Now don’t get m...more
Kathryn
Amanda Hocking is a talented writer. Hollowland melded so many of my favorite genres. The setting is a classic zombie ridden dystopia. The action is female butt-kicking urban fantasy. The horror is real horror, no laid back frights for the younger targeted audience, with a relentless pacing, and characters covered head-to-toe in blood and chunks. The romance is sweet and a little heart breaking considering the setting and what may or may not happen. I really do not know what happens in the end s...more
Krycek
Remember back in high school your weird friend that always sat by herself in the courtyard during lunch scribbling in her notebook? And how one day you were curious enough to ask what she was writing? She said, "A zombie story. I'm almost done. You want to read it?" You didn't want to hurt her feelings so you said, "Sure." The next day she asked you, "What did you think?"

Now, I'm not suggesting that Ms. Hocking is a weird kid or anything. I think it's cool that she's found success writing storie...more
Leah
I feel bad judging this novel too harshly. It is, after all, self-published, and at ninety-nine cents, the entertainment I derived from it supersedes what I've derived from books I've paid a lot more for.

In the interests of truth and justice, I'll try to be frank but fair.

First, you have to take this as pure camp. The MCs run around with a zombie-eating lion pet. All credibility goes out the window when A FREAKING LION joins the party. Second, half the book is spent fighting human adversaries, i...more
Karina Halle
This is my first Amanda Hocking book. It's my first zombie book as well (I think).

I went into this book expecting these things:

- a fast read

- action-packed

- entertaining

I got those three things. My expectations were met (and actually surpassed at times) and I found Hollowland to be an exciting, often gory way to pass the time.

I expected there to be more typos and grammatical errors, but there weren't too many and they didn't bother me. I expected the prose to be bland and brusque, but considerin...more
Carl J.
I was surprised to actually find this book in my public library. I've heard about the A. Hocking phenomenon and thought, "What the hey. I'll give her another try." I'd tried to read her Trille trilogy and had to give up. Ridiculous. Liking zombies better, I figured time for a second shot.

I hated it. OK, maybe hate is too strong. I finished this book at least, so two points to Hocking for that. But, really, a lion? I mean, a lion?!! I was so distracted by that that I couldn't even concentrate on...more
Tom
More like 3.5 but it was entertaining enough to go the other way with the stars.

Remy is caught in a world where people have contracted a virus turning them into zombies. She gets separated from her brother Max when the quarantine facility she is at gets run over by the zombies. Max is 8 years old and all the family she has left. He got evacuated without her and she sets out to find him.

The beginning of the story had me saying huh? And really?? But once the characters started to gel I was able to...more
Evgeny
A cyborg from the future schoolgirl beats the crap out of zombies the way that puts T-1000 to shame. The whole idea is ridiculous; it would be equally ridiculous with a schoolboy being the main hero. I would have believe it if said schoolgirl had been raised by a martial art master training from the age of 5 of younger; but as it is a soldier just showed her how to fight - he must be a very talented sensei.

The whole book is just one zombie battle after another with a little - if any - time for...more
Natasha
Mar 01, 2011 Natasha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone loving action and don't mind some gore (like Supernatural fans!)
So, I really hate zombies. That being said, I really liked this book. It may just be the biologist in me, but Amanda put enough scientific fact about zombies to make me not totally cast the whole idea aside.

This book, although it has much about zombies killing and being killed, is mostly about the characters (like a good book should be). It starts with action on page one and doesn't end until the (HUGE) cliffhanger at the end of the book. I couldn't put it down. In fact, I will probably fail my...more
Amy
The zombie apocalypse. It's all the rage right now. Everyone is talking about it, everyone is reading and writing about it, and Amanda Hocking got it done right.

Remy is one of the remaining people left alive after the outbreak of the virus consumed the majority of the world. She and her little brother, Max, have seen their parents killed by these monsters and are now hold up in a quarantine, a sort of haven, for survivors who have not yet been infected by the virus. 'Yet' being the operative wor...more
Myvampfiction
review by Megsly

*Warning: possible spoilers ahead.*

So, previously, I’ve reviewed Amanda Hocking’s My Blood Approves series, which she has self published on Amazon.com, for very reasonable prices. As a result, and the avid user of Amazon’s low priced Kindle book store, I went on a hunt for other books she had written and found myself purchasing Hollowland.
I have to be honest, even if I hadn’t previously read some of Hocking’s work, I would have been intrigued by the description of Hollowland. Ama...more
Noreen
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Carrie (Care)
4.5 stars

I loved this book. It had everything I love, relatable characters, great action sequences, and a sweet love story.

I didn't give it 5 stars for a couple reasons. One was because there were quite a few errors in my ebook. Nothing big or really bad, but it did take me out of the story for a second. Also, I did find Remey a bit too harsh at times, but I could understand her reasons behind her behaviour.

All in all I really enjoyed Hollowland and would recommend it to those that like YA dyst...more
Jennifer
Bought for free on Amazon Kindle on January 4, 2012 and read for the Why Buy the Cow Reading Challenge.

My first zombie book and definitely will not be my last! The heroine, Remy, is strong and willing to do anything to save her brother. Most of the side characters were intriguing and helped move the plot along. I want a lioness named Ripley now! Loved the constant action and the mystery behind the disease. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of chemistry between Remy and Lazlo. I liked...more
JennyJen
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I've made an important decision:

I have better things to do than to read STUPID books.

It started with a bang, but pretty quickly I realized that things were heading into the ridiculous. It's like the author brainstormed plot ideas and every trite cliché in her subconscious fell onto the page. Seriously. My eyeballs are sore from the rolling.

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I live in Minnesota, and I write young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy mostly. The My Blood Approves series is about vampires in Minneapolis, and its available now. I also wrote the Trylle Trilogy, which is a paranormal romance without vampires, shifters, mermaids, fae, angels, dragons, ghosts, or ninjas.

My latest book is Hollowland - a zombie urban fantasy set in the dystopian near fu...more
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