Hollowland (The Hollows #1)

Hollowland (The Hollows #1)

by Amanda Hocking

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BN ID: 2940153661919
Publisher: Amanda Hocking
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Hollows
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 152,248
File size: 624 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with Batman and Jim Henson. In between watching cooking shows, taking care of her small menagerie of pets, and drinking too much Red Bull Zero, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She has published over fifteen young adult novels, including the New York Times Bestselling series the Trylle Trilogy and the Kanin Chronicles, along with the Watersong, the My Blood Approves, and the Hollows series. For more info, please visit www.HockingBooks.com

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Hollowland 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1903 reviews.
KaterinaNYC More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic read by an amazing author Amanda Hocking. Couldn't stop reading from the very first page until the ending. Loved all of the wonderfully developed characters and the pace of this book was just perfect. Already eagerly awaiting the next publication by the super talented Ms. Hocking.
Madmommy More than 1 year ago
I didn't think that I was going to like this book. I didn't even go into it with an open mind. But this book is awesome! I am recommending it to everyone. I e-lent it to my daughter and she loved it as well. We both have now read all of her books.
EnchantedReader20 More than 1 year ago
I love zombie books, and this is one of the better ones. I loved Remy’s character. She was driven to do whatever was necessary to get to her brother, including abandoning an infected friend. Not a lot of heroines would do that, and I think it made Remy more relatable, which is something I need in my main characters. I loved the other characters as well, especially Harlow and Ripley. Lazlo was kind of annoying, but I thought his relationship with Remy was sweet, and I’m glad it didn’t just come out of nowhere like love at first sight. There was plenty of action, blood, and gore in this, and even though it got a little over the top at some points, it was still an exciting adventure.
susan-ve More than 1 year ago
I have found a new author to watch! Even though the books is aimed at young adults, this old adult enjoyed it too! Lets hope Amanda writes the sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may be grafic at times but is amazing a full of datil, its also funny:) If your a big zombie fan who has not felt in depth with the zombie books you've read in the past and has wached things from "Zombie land" to "the Walking Dead" and every thing inbetween this is the perfect book for you :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont get me wrong, i love amanda hocking, i live in MN so i can relate to the settings of alot of her books, but this story was, creepy. When they say its for 16+, theyre not kidding. Im 13 and love her other books, so i picked it up for a buck. It is a really good story and plot, but the setting and how freaking graphic it is just freaks me out.
iamchuckbass More than 1 year ago
In a word this book is phenomenal! Hollowland introduces the best and most kick ass female heroine I have ever read. Remy is a nineteen year old girl taking on the world of really smart zombies, marauders, crazy cult enthusiasts, lions, love, and saving the world. It does have some adult themes that these kids are dealing with but thats why I love it. Teens and kids even younger deal with adult situations theses days. Even though its not zombies and saving the world for them. I think Remy translates to all situations if someone is looking for or needs inspiration to stand strong. All I can say is that Remy and her gang of survivors (including Ripley the lion) are entertaining, hilarious, characters that will leave you salivating for a sequel and wanting to kick a little butt yourself.
twilight1973 More than 1 year ago
Breaking from her fantasy and vampire YA genre settings, the author gives us a story set in post-apocalyptic times; when people infected with a type of virus that simulates the effects of the movie style zombies have overrun the world. Remy, a girl looking for her brother, meets up with some new people and has to fight her way to him on a long trip north. Remy is the type of person that others gravitate to, either for protection or for direction. She pulls no punches and fights like a wildcat. Readers of Laurel K. Hamilton's Amanda Blake series will instantly recognize a kindred spirit in Remy, although she doesn't fall in bed with every male character like Blake does. The book is well paced and will definitely run the scale of your emotions. I can only hope a sequel is coming soon, as this book ends with a huge opening for one.
Erica90 More than 1 year ago
First of all, yes, there are some unrealistic aspects to this story. A tiger following around a group of young adults and helping them fight zombies, yet never attacking them? Remy being able to fight off anything that comes in her way? Probably would never happen. That being said, this is a zombie book and it's not meant to be taken too seriously. It's meant to be somewhat unrealistic and Amanda Hocking does a good job at making this book fun and action packed. If you're the kind of person that likes to nitpick unrealistic scenes or events, then this book is most likely not for you. If that would not bother you, then give this book a try, chances are that you won't be able to put it down! Remy, the main character is on a mission to find her brother after their quarantine is infected by zombies. She teams up with interesting people, some who make it and some who don't. She runs into some very interesting and some creepy situations along the way. There was never a dull moment in this book for me. Remy might have stumbled upon all the events that happened to her, but it flowed nicely for the reader and always kept me wanting to know what would happen next. Remy was a fresh female main character. Hardly afraid of anything and very brave, yet she was unwilling to let her true and vulnerable feelings show. She was a nice change from most of the YA female characters and I actually liked her dismissive attitude because she didn't want to get hurt or attached to anyone. The other characters that travel with her all have their own unique personalities and I enjoyed reading about each and every one of them. They never felt bland and made Remy's adventure more exciting. Instead of bringing the story down when more characters were added to Remy's group, it livened it up. I recommend this book for anyone that wants to read a fun action packed novel. Even if you don't like zombies you might just get attached in finding out what happens to Remy and her friends. At .99 cents you really can't miss out on this book!
RunZoe More than 1 year ago
Not really for me. I love zombies, but I’ve never really read a zombie book (unless you count Die For Me) so I was super excited to read this, especially after seeing the fantastic reviews.   I can usually finish a book in a few days and I rarely take a break from a book to read something else.  I must admit that I took a break from this book and was really tempted to add it to my short “abandoned” book list. There wasn’t enough character development for me to care whether or not any of the characters became zombie kibble.  I appreciate that Remy, the heroine of the book, wasn’t a damsel in distress, but her one track I-NEED-TO-SAVE-MY-BROTHER mind became a bit annoying.  The other characters read like the cast of Gilligan’s Island with the doctor, the rockstar and the naïve, childlike girl (who in this case is actually a child), with the role of Gilligan going to the zombie eating pet lion.  I think enough people have discussed the ridiculousness of the pet lion so I’ll leave it at that. I realize I’m a bit older than the target age for this book, but I find young adult books very entertaining.  This book fell a bit below expectations and I found the plot fairly predictable.  Unfortunately, even the cliffhanger ending didn’t hook me enough to want to read further in the series.   I think it is amazing that an author can have such incredible success self-publishing.  Congratulations and thank you for paving the way for future self-publishers.  This book simply didn’t do it for me, not to say others won’t love it.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Over a year ago, I read Hocking’s Switched, which I enjoyed, but Hollowland was a step beyond on the enjoyment level. Hocking’s Hollowland was simply a great novel for its zombies, characters, and the world built inside it’s pages. One thing I really liked about this book was that the author didn’t spare the reader from any of the gore or unpleasantness that occurs in a world where zombies and the destruction of civilization as we know it is the “norm.” In the scenes where zombies are attacking the main characters, there’s much description of how much blood, limbs, etc are flying around and breaking, and dying. Hocking makes sure the reader knows just what it’s like to encounter these creatures, like any good zombie book should. Some of the description of how the zombies’ bodies hold up to attacks are slightly repetitive, but it also drives the point across that these once human bodies have changed drastically because of the virus. Remy, the narrator and main character, is one of the better characters I’ve read this year. She’s strong, determined, and rarely shows a sign of weakness, even if a love interest in introduced. She’s living in a world where survival is top priority and she doesn’t let anything get in her way of that. I found this to be a great part of the book. All of the characters were really well-written, actually. They were all developed over the course of the book and even a few that I didn’t like in the beginning, grew on me. Oh and Ripley, I want that to be a surprise, but she might be my favorite character in the book. Upon finishing this book, I knew I’d want book 2. It’s not a common occurrence for me, either. It ended nicely and was set up for what I’m sure will be an exciting continuation. I can only hope that there’s more excitement, blood and gore, and danger in my reading future.
shekinah_annora More than 1 year ago
I found this an entertaining book. While it might not be one of those books that is passed down through the ages as a great literary work, it is a good rainy day read. There were some B-movie elements and some slightly campy moments... but I personally enjoy the B movies for the entertainment value they offer. Everything doesn't have to be taken so seriously to be appreciated. I loved the zombie killing lion that was picked up along the way. I also found Remy being so concerned with her brother to the point of following him across the country in hopes of finding him something that made up for her lack of caring in other situations.
JayKaiAA More than 1 year ago
so i had some pretty high hopes for this book since it was about zombie apocalypse. which i was very interested in. it comes off between the walking dead and i am legend. i would have to say i was not disappointed. the only thing i could think of that i hated, was the fact that it was a little unrealistic only at certain parts in the book. but overall its pretty realistic. and i great story. it kept be intrigued and wanting to know what happens next. i would recommend it just as long as you keep in mind that it will have some unrealistic parts in the book. once you get over that and continue reading it will be a fantastic read.
Toni-MyBookAddiction More than 1 year ago
Hollowland was a good zombie book overall. There were a few things I didn't care for, but most of the story and the supporting characters kept me reading. I did enjoy the book and will likely read the second installment of the series. If I had to sum up what I didn't care for, I would have to say that I didn't feel connected to some of the characters. Remy, the heroine of this story, isn't the most likable character in my opinion. I found her voice to be monotone. Everything was so matter-of-fact and she expressed little emotion. The fact that she always knew exactly what to do, or how to react to every situation at her young age didn't always sit well with me. I really enjoyed Blue's character. He was very intelligent, level-headed and brought a touch of reality to the story. Toward the end, Tatum became a favorite as well. I did not find Lazlo interesting, and I also didn't feel excited by his attraction to Remy. It was just like Tatum explained it in the book: he followed Remy around like a puppy. I wasn't feeling any compassion for Remy's brother, Max, as he wasn't really a character in the story. I had no reason to like him or feel an urgency for her to find him. I also found it strange that everyone around Remy questioned her loyalty to her brother. Several times she was asked why he was so important or why she would risk her life for him. In reality, everyone should understand her dedication to her little brother.. right? That may all sound negative, and I don't mean it to sound that way. There have been books that I have simply stopped reading because nothing about it jives. This wasn't the case with Hollowland. I really did enjoy the book. I love zombie books so it's really difficult for me not to like a book that is filled with nasty, decaying zombies striving to end the human race one bite at a time, not to mention an ass-kicking heroine and her gang of friends treking across the country and running into all sorts of trouble along the way! It was a fun read and the ending makes it impossible not to read the next installment! I would recommend this to anyone that loves the gruesomeness of the post-apocalyptic zombie genre.
James & Lindsey Neal More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Amanda Hocking is amazing so far I have totally loved all of her books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and very happy with this book. I loved the characters and can't wait for the next one in this series!
icykindness More than 1 year ago
Loved the badass heroine! Finally, not a complete love-sick bimbo. The story was great too. But what a major cliffhanger! I hope there's a sequel to this...
Cathy_Keaton on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Plot: Remy is evacuating a high school being used as a make-shift quarantine for uninfected humans when it gets attacked by an army of zombies. She discovers that her eight-year-old brother is getting transferred to a different quarantine in another state. Along the way, several characters see how strong a survivor she is and how capable she is of killing zombies, and she ends up dragging a few of themwith her in tow across an apocalyptic desert wasteland on a mission to reunite with her little brother.Characters: Remy is a pretty cool character who has learned before the story begins how to defend herself against the flesh-eating zombies. This makes her stand out because everybody else is scared and many get bitten and infected by the zombies. She even rescues a lioness which she names Ripley and forms a nice bond with her, albeit a bit unrealistic of one. Lazlo is the love interest and he's funny, but not much use in killing zombies, since he's quite weak in that area. I like Blue because he is stoic under all the high tension and even had been a medical student when the zombie virus broke out. The characters are very likable, although many of them do end up dying, but that's to be expected.Story: This one surprised me because I didn't think I'd like it very much, but it ended up being quite an exciting journey through the Nevada and Idaho deserts. Sure, many things are improbable like walking out in the Nevada desert during late summer in the sun for several hours and not getting dehydrated or sunburned. Nobody would realistically survive without shade of some kind, which they did not have. A lioness would probably maul and kill someone in the traveling party, but she never acts like she would harm a soul. Still, I thought it was fun to read. It isn't all that gory, which is good because I would have dropped it otherwise. I'm not a zombie fiction reader, but I felt how hard it was to deal with a world in which, at any moment, the person you've been learning to trust and rely on could get attacked by a zombie and suddenly turn into one themselves.Writing: The quality of the writing does leave much to be desired. As interesting as the story and characters are, the technical writing is sub par. There are several proof errors, as well. Still, I was able to overlook them and just enjoy the exciting pace of the story.Overall Quality: Pretty decent, although poor writing brings it down a little, but it still ends up being an enjoyable read. This book gets classified as Young Adult fiction, but it technically is not. It's an adult novel with a nineteen-year-old protagonist and there is a sex scene with a little graphic description, although it's not as detailed as it could be. I'd say use caution and reserve this read for older teens at the youngest.Favorite Scene/Moment: It's a bit spoilery, but I like the scene when Remy escapes from the cult leader, Korech (not very a very original name, I'm afraid) and how that whole thing goes down. A shotgun is involved and it's pretty intense. The guy doesn't end up being an important character, but Remy's time at his compound is odd and interesting
Ashleylilliemaria on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is one of my top five favorite books. I love the main character because she isn't really a good person, and I feel like I can relate. While we all like to think we are good and altruistic, we truthfully know that we are not. In Remy's situation leaving people that you care about behind hurts, but the need for survival makes us a worse person than we thought. I felt like Remy was a very real character, that I could relate to, and in the end I could only hope to be.
Abibliophobic1 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was my first zombie book and let me say, I was a bit hesitant to start. I have no idea why, but the blood and gore associated with zombies freaked me out (which is a little strange considering my attraction to vampire stories¿). With Hollowland, I once again put my faith in Amanda Hocking and I was not disappointed.Hollowland follows Remy King on a quest across what is left of the future United States after a zombie disease took hold of much of America¿s population. Remy and her unlikely friends including an ex Rock star, a medical student, and lion named Ripley, battle zombies on their way to find Remy¿s brother, who has been moved from their previous quarantine center to a safer location. Everyone knows that Remy¿s brother is extremely sick and fragile but no one expects the truth¿ which you¿ll have to read the book to find!If you¿re someone who loves to just jump right in without the descriptive back-story, then this book is for you. The mysterious circumstances surrounding Remy¿s brother definitely turn this book into a page-turner (or button pusher as this book is only available as an eBook). This book won¿t take you long to get through and is definitely worth the read. As I¿ve said before with a few of Hocking¿s self-published books, there are some technical errors. A few spelling mistakes here or there and some missed punctuation, but if you can get past that this book is great. Hocking also has a sequel to Hollowland called Hollowmen also exclusively for ebook.6 out of 10
KarenLeeField on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Firstly, I honestly don't think I've ever read a book with so many typos in it. Virtually every page had a word or some sort of punctuation missing. The book needs a really good edit because at present it reads like a first draft, which is a shame.Secondly, the main character can do anything (almost). She can single-handedly kill a horde of zombies without so much as a scratch. Some call this "badass", I call it ridiculous and unrealistic.Yet ... if you push these things aside and just read the book at face value, without thinking about it too much, then entertainment wise it was a good read. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen, and who was going to die next.It was gory in parts and there were some imaginative ways of killing used. And no one was immune (excuse the pun) to death, so there's no use pinning all your hopes on any of the support characters.There was even a bit of romance. Not much, mind you, which was good because in all honesty there's no time amongst all the running and killing. This was a free download. I'm not sorry I read it as it was quite entertaining. It's just a pity the author didn't invest more time into polishing it up a bit before releasing it.
books_n_tea on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I had to get through the first couple of chapters before I could decide if Hollowland was a book worth reading. On one had, I was already intrigued by the beginning of the storyline. Apocalypse. Zombies. Butt-kicking female main character. How could I resist? On the other hand, I found myself disappointed by the prose that seemed rough around the edges. It¿s not the typos that bothered me. I can look past that considering the book was self-published, and I don¿t think Hocking had the opportunity to have professional editors revise her work. And it¿s not like the errors were glaring. Honestly, I didn¿t even notice most, and the ones I did notice didn¿t take me out of the story. But, her writing did seem inconsistent. Some scenes were vivid, and I could see what was going on inside my head as though it were a movie. Other scenes were lackluster or they jumped around too much, and I found myself backpedaling so I could understand what was going on. However, the further I got into the story, the more difficult it became to put the book down. What kept my attention was Hocking¿s perfect pacing and her ability to create suspenseful and tense situations.There is never a dull moment in this book especially since Hocking¿s zombies are not your standard zombie. They do not schlep around the wasteland in hopes of accidentally stumbling upon a fresh brain to munch on. Instead, these zombies are more advanced, more brutal, and more organized, and this makes them all the more terrifying. When Hocking writes her human vs. zombie scenes, she doesn¿t shy away. Hollowland is a little more gory compared to other young adult zombie books. There is zombie blood splatter and the occasional zombie head crushing, but it doesn¿t really cross over into a realm that would be more appropriate for adults. Battling zombies throughout a book can become redundant, but Remy (the main character) and crew found themselves in different predicaments each time, which made the book exciting. The first time I found myself really on edge though was not when Remy was mowing down zombies; it was when she and her companions found themselves among a potentially dangerous cult of very much alive and healthy humans. The situation was believable and chilling, and it showed that there may actually be worse things out there than the infected.While I found the plot line addictive, I couldn¿t jump on board with the characters. Their development was kind of weak. Remy kicks butt (which is really awesome), but she¿s so devoid of emotion. She spends her entire journey convincing the reader that she has the emotional range of a rock, so when she tries to express her feelings at the end of the book it comes across as unbelievable. Then there is Blue, who I thought would have a bigger role in the apocalypse simply because he is a medic, he¿s rational, and he knows how to take down zombies alongside Remy. But, he takes the backseat in most scenes which makes me wonder if Hocking only created him to make sense of the events at the end of the book. Harlow is the only character that gives the reader a good, consistent sense of who she is. She starts off as an obnoxious brat, but over time her positive attitude and childlike outlook on the post-apocalyptic world (as well as her zombie stomping combat boots) grew on me. Overall,The characters have a tendency to be one-dimensional, but Hollowland`s nicely paced plot, suspenseful moments, and surprise ending make it a book worth reading. I just learned that Hollowland, which I thought was a stand-alone novel, is the first book in a series. Part of me is bummed because I thought this book had a great ending that allowed the reader¿s imagination wonder about the state of the post-apocalyptic world. Does it survive and flourish? Does it slowly die out? The other part of me is kind of excited. Hocking really does know how to write a good zombie book!
bearmountainbooks on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was much better than I expected, especially for a zombie apocalypse type book. Fast-paced, great set of characters, a LOT of tension. Had to deduct a star because it ends on a kind of cliffhanger/to be continued and I hate that technique.
halo776 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was introduced to Amanda Hocking, the author, when I read her "My Blood Approves" series, for which I'm still waiting for the last book. (On her blog, the author claims she has put that writing on hold indefinitely.) I really hate it when an author has an unfinished series in publication and yet begins another new series. I have read so many paranormal YA books in the last few years that I sometimes feel I've reached my limit and cannot take another vampire, werewolf, or zombie. For those reasons, I was sure I'd be disappointed with Hollowland. I cannot say enough good things about this author. Somehow, she makes even a book about a zombie apocalypse intriguing. Yes, there are graphic fight scenes and more gory details than I need, but the human element to her books makes them unforgettable. Remy, the 19-year-old heroine, is traveling through a dangerous war zone with an interesting and unlikely group of companions to find her brother. When she reveals the secret of why her brother has been quarantined, you will not be able to put the book down! I can't wait to read the sequel, Hollowmen.
sporkdelis on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I may have missed the boat on Hocking¿s now illustrious self-start career, but I could have blinked and missed her rise from obscurity. I¿m sure I¿m more than fashionably late in reviewing Hollowland, but probably in a good place as the sequel Hollowmen was just released at the end of last year.Hollowland begins with the main character Remy escaping from a highschool that was converted into a military compound to house remaining people from a zombie infection that has overtaken humanity. The compound has been breached and Remy knows that her younger brother, Max, is going to be evacuated and she needs to get there.From the start we are shown Remy as cold and emotionless. She leaves a room filled with young girls knowing that a breach means that they were just a big one-stop buffet for the zombies. She shows nothing but calculations in her escape. Two girls follow her, and Remy only thinks of them as hazards to her own safety.Really this is my chief concern about this story. Until the last few chapters the story is carried by the action-movie scenes and the sense of humor. Sure Remy is a badass, but even at her most vulnerable she makes Katniss Everdeen look like a whiny mary-sue. There is no vulnerability. This becomes disturbing as she considers leaving Harlow, her young tag-along from the highschool with a poligamist cult because it would be safer than dragging her along. The author says that Remy can¿t act with anything but blind grueling devotion to her quest or she couldn¿t function. I would still like to see some of the cracks and fissures in the brick wall that is Remy. She doesn¿t seem to even battle with any emotion other than not wanting to think about it.The other characters were similarly simple in their make-up. The girl who survives the beginning escape sequence is the whiny kid who always likes the easiest route. Lazlo, the rock star, is the reckless, bravado spewing action hero. And finally Blue is the serious Med student.Despite the cardboard cut-out characters Hocking did manage to write something that was a page-turner. There was excitement on every page, with no real room to examine the character flaws, and of course the constant examination of the character relationships to figure out which guy she was going to end up with. This is YA after all.Overall, I have to decided, based on my enjoyment, and (even though I have done a thorough thrashing of this novel¿s faults) there is a lot to be said anymore for a book you can read in just a few days during your 15 minute breaks at work to give this 4 stars. This was absolutely a book I would read again, and I do plan on going on to the next in the series, and despite a horrific ordeal reading the first of Hocking¿s My Blood Approves series I am tempted to try out her Trylle series. Who says any one ever really learns from their mistakes?