download books Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)Author Amanda Hocking –

This is the way the world endsnot with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door Nineteenyearold Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her waynot violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesheating zombies

10 thoughts on “Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)

  1. Lucy Lucy says:

    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. Hm I guess writing style and character development went hand in hand there. Hocking doesn't have the writing range to make her characters vivid or real.

    The book starts at a gallop and never really slows down, which usually means a relatively good reads if not for how steadily ridiculous the book got. Zombies invading a government facility sheltering people? Awesome. It removes the character from safety and serves as a nice starting point. Remy ditches one of her two friends in the desert after because that friend has been bitten... okay. I guess the purpose of that scenes was to show us Remy can do what needs to be done, but it didn't really do much for me since she had a bare bones emotional reaction to it. Next Remy rescues a circus lion that might eat her... so if the other scene was meant to show me Remy can do what is necessary this scene is to show me... that Remy huffed a lot of glue before the end of the world and has some sort of brain damage? How do we go from practical, no nonsense to whim of save the animal? I know! Because the author thought a lion pet would be ROCKING.

    Sadly, it only gets worse and more cliche from there. The desert Remy is in turns out to be Las Vegas... big eye roll there. This has been done before. Anyway, Remy fights some zombies in a kitchen in a Vegas hotel by lighting them on fire, which does nothing but make the zombies that are trying to eat her flaming zombies that are trying to eat her. It's stupid and it's a novice move. Remy is not supposed to be a novice. I think the author was visualizing this like a movie, which is fine. I have no problem with that technique because I know it makes for vivid scenes for the reader, but I wish she'd spend a little more time working on it so that perhaps the fire was an accident because she makes Remy look like an even bigger idiot than necessary and undermines all the superhero bullshit she's working on setting up.

    After the flaming zombies of doom we end up with a cult leader with dozens of underage wives. He spends his time raping a belief in the good lord into them... Oh and somewhere along the way Remy and her friend, Harlow, meet a med-student and a rock star named Lazlo. Yeah. It's all ridiculous. It's like someone on huge prescription uppers and lots of caffeine wrote this book -- someone who had no idea how to develop a freaking character because Remy's got all the emotional resonance of a sock puppet.

    Dull, lifeless writing and ridiculous plots make this book a skip. I don't even think it's worth the dollar the self-published author was selling it for. Save yourself some time and pop a zombie movie into your dvd player, watch it at 5x speed so you don't have a chance to care for any of the characters, you'll get the gist of this experience.

  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:



    ^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. Remy was a strong character with a smart head. She wants to protect her brother and puts nothing else first. Lazlo can't help but respect and notice a girl like her. Remy is a protector and Lazlo isn't the brightest crayon in the pack but he is sweet so she pushes him away but he pushes back. I absolutely loved the relationship dynamic between the two. Always nice to have a strong female who is chased by the guy for a change. Also Lazlo was such a unique love interest. I don't want to say too much more because it is an adventure you just have to read to unfold yourself. I am in agony till November when the next one, Hollowmen, comes out!

  3. Courtney Wells Courtney Wells says:

    Zombies again, Courtney? inquired Life.

    Some people just want to watch the world burn, replied I.

  4. Lord Grim Lord Grim says:

    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 meets other survivors who join her in her dangerous quest.

    Remy is painted (that is, kindergarten finger-painted) as a strong character who, for reasons that baffle me, inspires intense devotion and mindless loyalty from pretty much everyone who joins her ragtag group. This includes a rock star (snicker), a doctor named Blue (interrupt snicker with raised eyebrow) and a full-grown zombie-killing female lion. Yes, a lion. She befriends an actual full-grown lion. Making this up? The hell I am! Look it up for yourself. Why would I make this crap up? Remy saves a lion that's chained up and pissed off and it becomes her friend. It even rides in cars with her and her devoted followers. They at one point encounter another group who has several tame tigers roaming about in their yard. Apparently during the apocalypse tame big cats will roam the streets and anyone can claim them as pets and bodyguards. This isn't the only thing about Hollowland that made me roll my eyes until they were sore. Anyway, the lion nonsense nearly made me delete the book from my reader but morbid curiosity got the better of me. Just how silly could this story get? The answer, as I soon learned, was VERY silly indeed.

    Initially I thought this was, overall, a decent enough book. And by initially I mean the first ten sentences. But crap on a stick if Hocking didn't publish the rough draft without even proofreading it. Well, I'm assuming it's the rough draft, judging by the hordes of comma splices, typographical errors, missing, misused and misspelled words, implausible and cliched plot devices and TAME LIONS AND TIGERS. I know, I know- Much of this is simply due to the fact that, as a self-published work, it did not have the benefit of an editor's touch. This is the bane of indie publishing. But then a WRITER should know the difference between lulled and lolled, except and accept, idea and ideal. Ms. Hocking does not. She's like a painter who just gets tripped up by paint or a sculptor who can't think in three dimensions. She's a writer who isn't very good with words. This is evident in Ms. Hocking's broad-strokes writing style. With the exception of the main character, there isn't much in the way of character development. Every person in the story is a two-dimensional cutout, a device to move the story along and so I just couldn't really CARE about any of them. Even Remy's love interest wasn't interesting even during a darn-near pornographic description of the consummation of their love for each other (which begs the question- Is this a YOUNG adult book or a young ADULT book?). The environment they are in and the things in that environment are pretty generic. Guns are simply guns or shotguns. Cars are simply cars or SUV's or station wagons. I don't know how much of this is due to Ms Hocking's lack of writing skill and how much is due to the fact that she just doesn't have any practical knowledge to draw from. The fact that she laughably describes a soldier's handgun as a service revolver that uses ammo clips and later says a shotgun uses bullets gives me reason to believe there's a heavy dose of the latter at work here. Hers is a cartoon version of the world which at times seems to come from an elementary school kid's perspective. Whatever the case, there isn't any texture or realism to the landscape and so there's little to grasp tight enough to get pulled along for the ride. Couple this with absurdities such as pet lions and an Army PRIVATE who wields influence and pull at a military-run compound (which houses the only hope for humanity but has the CRAPPIEST security in the history of mankind) and you have some serious problems suspending disbelief enough to buy into this story. And that's not the worst of it. Some of the situations are laugh-out-loud absurd. For example: If you were looking for food in a strange place where you KNOW flesh-eating undead are about, would you REALLY pass up restaurants and grocery stores and choose to split up and rummage through a pitch-dark, windowless CASINO full of DEAD BODIES? Remy's group does so without hesitation. Why? Because they were in (snicker) Las Vegas. Where do you go when in Las Vegas? Why, a casino of course! Once again Ms. Hocking's cartoon world comes through. I swear, at this point if their lion companion began to talk and help our heroes escape through a magic wardrobe, I wouldn't even have batted an eye.

    OK. Maybe some slack-cutting is in order here because this is a self-published work for a young adult audience. As such, one can't expect subtle, high-brow literature. It is what it is- It's fun escapism for a young, gullible audience who doesn't know any better. It taps into just the right character archetypes and story motifs to make the young, inexperienced, casual reader think he or she is reading something compelling if not original. As YA escapism it isn't really required to be a perfectly executed work. If you are a young female reader or just willing to suspend disbelief enough to ignore the terribly naive writing style, awful spelling, typos, sloppy punctuation, Malapropic word use, cliches, flat characters, implausible situations and cartoon lions, you'll probably find yourself hooked enough to buy the next book to see what happens. But I'm one of those crazies who prefer books that don't suck ass and make me want to punch babies out of sheer anger. So I will pass on the rest of this series.

  5. Samantha Young Samantha Young says:

    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 ride in a zombie-filled America. Amazing characters, awesome and well-written action scenes and a sensitive and beautiful grasp on the the many facets of man when forced into desperate survival.

    Hollowland blew me away; Remy blew me away; once again Hocking blew me away! I hope this is only the beginning of this world she has created because I can't bear that a now favourite character of mine should be left hanging on such an open ending.
    More please.

    Ten Explosive Stars!

  6. Sarah Elizabeth Sarah Elizabeth says:

    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

  7. hometrainer-tests.de80 hometrainer-tests.de80 says:

    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’t think they are truly the living dead so they are a little easier to kill but still strong. And they are also evolving which always keeps things interesting. A+ for the zombies.

    The story was also action packed. The author really knows how to build the tension and get your heart racing during the fight scenes. These moments really make you want to keep reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much of anything else to keep my interest. Remy is not likable. Sure she can kick ass (is anyone going to explain her Buffy like abilities?) but aside from that her character just comes off as cold and heartless. I’m not sure how anyone liked her. Lazlo is cute but aside from that unexciting (and kinda stupid). Blue? Right…you forget he’s even there yet somehow he becomes the person Remy trusts the most. I really didn’t get it. Harlow is probably the most likeable character but her role seems small. I really did not care for Remy or whether she found her brother or not. Harsh but true.

    Aside from the characterization, my biggest problem with the book is the absurdity of some of the plot elements. For those of you who don’t want to read the spoilers just know Hockings line of reasoning is a bit off. Some of the things she wants us to believe just do not make sense; like battle cats, stupid government protocols (and I mean dumber than normal) and deductions that anyone who has taken a science can make.

    (view spoiler)[Absurdity #1
    Having a zombie eating pet lion is cool and all but am I actually supposed to believe you rescued your battle cat in the middle of the desert and she just happily followed you through wastelands, gun fights and car crashes? A lioness would have tried to eat your face the moment she got the chance; Vegas show cat or not. And how does Remy know so much about lions having never left Iowa? Was she a zoo keeper? Although I must admit, Ripley is a cool name for a battle cat.

    Absurdity #2
    I know we all have our complaints about the US government but even the toughest critic would have to admit that the government is not that stupid. When soldiers found Remy and her brother, Max had a zombie bite several days old and still had no symptoms of the virus. Max became the government’s top priority because he appeared to be immune to zombie bites and possibly held secrets for a cure in his DNA. This is all good except….why wouldn’t they test Remy as well? They found them together and they share DNA. What scientist/government would just disregard that Remy may be immune as well?

    Absurdity #3
    When Remy and friends finally make it to the quarantine zone its US soldiers that rescue them from a death battle with zombies and take them back to the compound. This government believes the most efficient way to see if a young girl, who they just pulled out of zombie mosh pit, is infected or not is to leave her in a cleansing house for 3 days. If she emerges from that house symptom free she can then enter the safest and most secure quarantine compound in the country. Remy emerges from the hut symptom free and waltzes into an infection free zone with a huge infected zombie bite on her hip. No strip search necessary to enter the quarantine zone. WTF? Why wouldn’t checking for bites be the first step in the “Are You a Zombie?” protocol?

    Absurdity #4
    It turns out Remy is immune to the zombie virus but she is totally shocked by that fact. WHY? It never occurred to you since your brother can’t be a zombie neither can you? And PS Remy, just because you have no symptoms does not mean you’re not still a carrier of the virus. You may want to think about that before you exchange bodily fluids with anyone. Oh wait…too late. (hide spoiler)]

  8. Brad Savage Brad Savage says:

    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 young readers who can be reading something that doesn't insult and pander.
    The only POSITIVE thing I can say is it's fast paced and a brisk read. But it's a brisk read through cliches and implausible situations. It doesn't help that Hocking writes like a high school kid, bad spelling and word misuse and all. Hocking doesn't know what things are called or how things work and this is her biggest flaw. Someone needs to tell her that private is a low military rank, the army doesn't use revolvers and revolvers don't use ammo clips. And the monotone writing style is painful. Everything is told in a grocery-list fashion that doesn't really paint a picture so much as just describes a picture that someone only heard about second-hand. And that description is often laughable. Are we really to believe that after the apocalypse, tame lions and tigers will be roaming around to be commanded by anyone who happens upon them? I lost brain cells even commenting on that. And the fact that so many readers gave this book more than 2 stars makes me sad for humankind.
    I will NOT be reading anything else by this author. In the future, if I want to be confused and batter my brain cells, I'll simply get stinking drunk and watch TV.

  9. Anne Anne says:

    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)[ Psst. Santa isn't real, so I'm guessing my husband got it for me. (hide spoiler)]

  10. Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud says:

    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 and give them super human powers to take on the world, bit I felt like I was watching resident evil, with Alice flying around the tv screen, (she did have super human blood in her), but the book is brilliant in itself.
    The role of Remy can be said for more people, she has a brother Max and dead parents, who died in the 'zombpocalyse' and she's watching out for him, but even separated she has to find him, along the way across the whole of the USA, with her little friend, they bump into 2 guys (wait for it) and one is a famous rock star (yep u guessed it), and they get it on (of course), have to say little things like that are a bit cliché, but this rock star isn't a big badass like in other reads, although he is a little bit in some parts.
    but all in all this is an interesting read, these zombies are a little different to the zombies that you read about, there are some similarities, but they wouldn't be zombies if they was different to the main image of them, it was really quick paced and descriptive of the world they live in, even down to the gory bits, so if your after a quick read, (I managed number 1 and 2 of these in one sitting) then you won't be disappointed
    enjoy!!! xx