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"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.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by Amanda Hocking (first published September 28th 2010)
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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
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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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
Courtney Wells
"Zombies again, Courtney?" inquired Life.

"Some people just want to watch the world burn," replied I.
Lord Grim
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sarah Elizabeth
This was an okay zombie story, but the pace was too slow for me. I found the whole thing with the lion a bit silly, the story seemed quite predictable too.

6 out of 10
Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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’
Brad Savage
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
I have to say, on this book, it brilliantly written, and the story line is perfect,
but one thing I'll say is the heroine Remy, yes I know she's 19 and probably drop dead gorgeous as usual.
but she had a little basic gun shooting as you read further on, but the way she tackled the zombies and jumped and spun around, and slid this way and that, is what bothered me, suddenly she's the zombie slayer of the world and everyone is in awe, now I know that authors have to brag about their main character
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
Kim Bowen
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Brigid ✩
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
Novels On The Run
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-books

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 know, blood, gore, fugly,
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Karina Halle
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tough-gals, dystopian
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
Rhiannon Frater
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again and again I'll said that Amanda Hocking never fails to amuse me with her writings! ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-my-kindle
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
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This book has EVERYTHING I look for in a good zombie book!

Strong heroine ----- ditzy but lovable guy ------ zombies ------ animals ------ traveling ------ stragglers ------ fighting ------ and soooo much more!!

We have the loner heroine who is looking for her brother after their quarantine is evacuated. Along the way on foot she meets up with a few others and a strange animal ---- as she makes her way up north, stragglers continue to join and she finds a strange love interest....but can this last
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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
It started off pretty good, and then I started noticing some errors, such as the occassional through was spelt as 'threw' and just other mis-spellings like that. It was so jerky, I didn't like the MC at all, the romance was totally out of the blue. I disliked Harlow, because for a 13 year old she acted really immature, especially considering she'd survived in this zombie-infested land for a year. She just screamed at everything and acted like an 8 year old.
This was a pretty gory descriptive book
Linda Poitevin
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Why I read it:

I picked this book up for two reasons: (1) it was on sale; and (2) I was curious about Amanda Hocking after her meteoric rise in publishing.

What I liked about it:

I really liked how Hocking hit the ground running in this. She writes a good action scene, and there was plenty of action in this book. The world-building was also solid, and I loved the main character, Remy (at least, throughout most of the story), finding her toughness and determination plausible given the circu
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
Sep 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know, I always hated when people watched a show they didn't like, then bitched about it online. When I realized I was hate-reading this book, I quit.

OMG, where to begin?

(view spoiler)
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My very first zombie book! And i was thoroughly impressed. Although there were several zombie attacks, I'd say this book is more about strangers coming together for survival and the relationships that are made along the way. New families form where others were lost and the world has to start over. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
I listed to the audible on this one and the narrator did a fantastic job!
VERDICT: I won't punch any stars, because I Did Not Finish It. I gave up around the 23% mark.

AWARDS: Most Extreme Sideways Glance/Eye-Roll in cover art.
Careful girl; they'll get stuck if you keep that up.

I've read (or attempted) far worse zombie-ish books than HOLLOWLAND. It may deserve as much 3+ stars if you're a younger reader. It does appear to be almost non-stop action, so that may be a plus for you--if you like running & shooting instead of believability & emotion. For the tweens/teens,
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AMANDA HOCKING is the author of over twenty young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Trylle Trilogy and Kanin Chronicles. Her love of pop culture and all things paranormal influence her writing. She spends her time in Minnesota, taking care of her menagerie of pets and working on her next book.

Several of her books have made the New York Times Bestsellers list. Her zombie series

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