Thursday, January 6, 2011

Review: Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
"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.
My Thoughts: I don't remember another book that I've read recently that I've both loved and hated as much as this one.  Oh, I mean that in a good way, guys.  Don't worry.  It's the type of hate that boils inside you because you thought the ending was ragingly brilliant and at the same time you didn't want it to end.

To start with, we have zombies.  Awesome, gruesome, gross, disgusting zombies.  They types of flesh-eaters you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.  Throw in a gorgeous, run-down apocalyptic future complete with marauders, broken towns and a kick-ass heroine and you pretty much have me on the edge of my seat.  Then, just to be cruel, sneak in a little romance with a dead sexy survivor.  And I don't mean "dead" in the zombie-esque sense.  He's just hotly sexy.  Brilliantly sexy.  The type of sexy that ignites suns.  Maybe not that last one.

The point is that all this stuff gets packed into this novel and it's fun and exciting and you want the good guys to find a way to survive.  Except that the farther you get into it the harder it gets to believe it is going to end up well.  Then things take a turn for the better.  Then a turn for the worse.  Then the whole darn thing explodes in your face and you're like "Wait!  No!  What?  But I wasn't done with that yet!"  FYI, we're talking about metaphorical explosions.  At least I don't think there were any literal explosions.  Now I'll have to go back and check.

There you have it.  For those who like a little romance with their zombie apocalypse, this book is totally for you.

You can buy this book as either an e-book ($0.99) or paperback ($8.99).

More books by Amanda Hocking

Read and reviewed for the YA Reading Challenge, the E-book Challenge, the Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge, and The Morbid Romantica Challenge