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Hollow Towns: The Beginning [Kindle Edition]

Ann Livi Andrews
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Book Description

The end did not come swiftly as media and literature had predicted. There was no deadly virus released to wipe out humanity. There was no meteor on course to collide with earth. There was no Biblical flood or fire and brimstone. And there was no army of the undead to rise up against the living.

In fact, no one knew where or when it began. It was suspected to have first occurred in some remote village without the means to report what was happening. Even when it began to be reported, no one understood what was happening, so no one was alarmed. They were just lightning storms. First came a thick, gray cloud covering that blocked out the entire sky and all light. Then the steady and unending drizzle of rain that never turned into a downpour, but never lightened up either. Then there were reports of lightning. But no one took notice. After all, who cared about a mild storm? It wasn’t until the cloud bank reached Spain, and then France, that the panic began to rise.

This installment of the Hollow Towns series includes Hannah and Minutemen, but also introduces two new characters who must choose whether to aid or hinder Charlie in his quest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1968 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Hollow Hallow Bindings (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F7V2GOU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something interesting January 24, 2015
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Hollow Towns by Ann Livi Andrews is a young adult novel with SFF themes, but it’s hard to say with absolute certainty, as I only read a portion provided by the author for review.
The scene setting and action were clearly illustrated and easy to visualise, with each character introduced well, given the short time span afforded to them. The plot was engaging, even though the small section provided didn’t give a complete picture. Particularly engaging was the scene from Madison’s point of view and the use of the spider, Max, in Hannah’s chapter.
Although I enjoyed the different character perspectives, some might feel there were too many different perspectives to easily follow. The fact the excerpt provided was only 56 pdf pages long may be to blame, so I really need to read the whole thing to comment on the appropriateness as a whole.
It would be best to judge the work in its entirety, but there was enough here to grab one’s interest. I, for one, would be very much interested to see where the plot leads.
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In a sort of climate change apocalypse, the reader is introduced to several characters who are not, apparently, linked to each other. Yet, all the characters seem to suffer from a kind of amnesia. This element allows the writer to cleverly build her story around memory and uncertain past events.
The reader discovers what is happening at the same as the character, however there is always a missing element. While the vague outline of the narrative builds incredible suspense, it can also prevent a full understanding of the story. One could also reproach to the writer the several repetitions and the incessant questions at the end of paragraphs.
The intrigue is developed in such a way that it leaves you clung to the book, waiting to discover any climatic ending. The dialogues are sharp and well organized; they allow the reader to better understand the characters's feelings. Moreover, the light writing style makes the book a quick read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different stories, same theme. July 24, 2014
By Miri
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'Hollow towns' is a gathering of short stories with the same theme. Strange weather is the common denominator for people's disappearance.

Disclaimer: I'm not a huge fan of short stories. By the time I get into them, they're over. They never actually tell you enough. And while the writing could shine through, the stories being so short makes it hard to get a good idea of the author's style. However, the idea is original and fairly well written, and since these were connected, it gave them a different feel, some kind of continuity.

I wanted to know more about those storms, about the voices, the men in black. I wished the author would write a whole novel about it from beginning to end so we could learn how and why it happened. It would make for an interesting plot. One thing for sure, I won't be looking at the rain (and strange weather) with the same eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fascinating read. May 13, 2014
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This short story was so compelling that I found it very difficult to lay down my Kindle. It is difficult to not wonder what is happening, what is going to happen next, where to go to be safe, where you can find any place to be safe. Each page was more and more interesting and surprising. Read it - it is so fascinating. This was not my usual type of reading, but was anxious to read a book by this new writer. She should have a great career. She is very imaginative, fascinating and surprising.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY AMAZING November 6, 2013
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I have no idea how this collection of interconnected short stories doesn't have hundreds or thousands of 5-star reviews. I love apocalyptic genre, and the way Andrews has written this book, it creates that mysterious feel to it all that I just love. I really look forward to reading the next book or books, and I hope the next ones are going to be much more longer! I want there to be a whole thick, fat novel! This was worth every penny.

Also, there aren't any violent scenes and neither is there any use of foul language, so this can be read by both adults and teenagers alike. Actually, even a ten-year-old can read this. I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed this, particularly the 'Hannah' part and 'Old Mother', too. I want to know what happens next, especially what happens to Hannah. I could probably related to her more as she's only 17 and all.

This was a great read! I cannot imagine that someone won't enjoy this.
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More About the Author

I was the girl who got in trouble for sneaking flashlights and notebooks into my room in case of late night inspirations. My teachers caught me writing down ideas instead of class notes while in school and college.

I was the out of place teenager with ink stained hands and a mind that was always a million miles away. I was and still am the girl who has a plethora of generic responses for when someone asks me what I'm thinking about. Embarking on a long winded explanation of my current character's personal dilemmas doesn't usually seem to be the wise response.

I still am the girl who has to write her first draft with the old fashioned pen and paper. There's something about the feel of the pen gliding across the paper that maintains my inspiration. If I don't have a rough draft in front of me when I sit down at the computer, I freeze up.

I'm a simple girl who grew up in the Midwest. While I love to travel, I dream of the day when my husband and I can move our new family, which includes our dashingly handsome newborn son, out to the country where we can reside in peace.

I like to think of my writing style as consisting mostly of creative nonfiction. While the setting might be apocalyptic or fantastic, there's a piece of me and my own personal story in each work. Every character is somehow based on my own experiences as I've always been told to write what I know.


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