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The action is non-stop. It starts on the first page and really doesn't let up at all... Finally we have a female lead that can do things for herself! Remy is strong and courageous and does things her way to survive.
--The Firefly Book Loft

About the Author

Amanda Hocking is a lifelong Minnesotan obsessed with John Hughes and Jim Henson. In between making collages and drinking too much Red Bull, she writes young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

The first two books in her the Trylle Trilogy - Switched and Torn - are out now, and the third book - Ascend - will be out later. The first four books in her series - My Blood Approves, Fate, Flutter, and Wisdom - are available now. 

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  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Createspace (October 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00466H8JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,477 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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.

Her New York Times best-selling series the Trylle Trilogy has been optioned for films. She has published over fifteen young adult novels, including the Hollows and the Watersong series. Her latest trilogy - the Kanin Chronicles - is complete, with all three books - Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom - out now.

Her next book will be Freeks - a standalone YA paranormal romance novel set in the 1980s that follows a travelling sideshow. It will be out sometime in 2016, with the St. Martin's Griffin.

To learn more you can visit her website http://www.hockingbooks.com, follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/amanda_hocking or find out news at her Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/amandahockingfans

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188 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Kristi-The Book Faery on October 10, 2010
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Remy, the 19 year old protagonist is facing `the end of times'; a post-apocalyptic world where a rabies type virus has turned the majority of the population into zombies. Zombies that roam with an insatiable hunger and are particularly fond of human flesh; one bite, one splash of zombie blood or saliva in an open wound and you become infected. That is if you survive.

Remy and her 8 year old brother Max were brought to a government run quarantine by a group of soldiers who saved them during a zombie raid; Max was sick and stayed on a different floor in the medical wing. Beck, a soldier that took an interest in Remy and Max; taught her how to fight the zombies, not just with guns but with whatever was available, that along with her guts and instinct was a gift that saved her and others countless times.

Zombies overtake the quarantine, yet in all the fright, terror and pandemonium Remy manages to escape bringing along Harlow, an endearing 13 year old who refuses to stay. Amidst the chaos she finds out that only her brother Max and select government doctors and scientists were evacuated to a quarantine 'near' this one. Off into the Zombie filled wasteland they go. They'll soon find out that zombies aren't the only thing to fear.

During their travels they meet Blue, a medical intern with good insight and judgment, Lazlo, a famous recording artist who is a bit eccentric, anxious and easy on the eyes and my personal favorite; Ripley, a zombie killing lion who rocks! They make a sort of unspoken team together set out to find the quarantine, each for their own reasons. Along the way they face, among other terrifing ordeals crazy cults, Mad Max crazy wanna-be's and other 'humans' can be just as vicious as the zombies.
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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Overdog on January 13, 2012
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Amanda Hocking does a decent job of crafting a post-apocalyptic zombie story with likable characters and a somewhat interesting 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 a strong character who, for reasons that aren't really clear, inspires devotion and loyalty from pretty much everyone who joins her ragtag group including a full-grown zombie-killing female lion. Yes, a lion. It even rides in cars with them. They at one point encounter a group who has several tigers. I'm not making this up. This isn't the only thing about Hollowland that made me roll my eyes.

This is overall a good book and I wanted to like it but it is plagued by annoyances such as hordes of comma splices, typographical errors, missing, misused and misspelled words and implausible and cliched plot devices. 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. But then a WRITER should know the difference between "lulled" and "lolled", "except" and "accept", "idea" and "ideal". Then there is 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CharlotteSimmons on April 7, 2012
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To be honest, I was completely underwhelmed by this book.

It centres around Remy and her companions. Remy was living out the zombie apocalypse in a military-run quarantine along with her brother, when zombies attacked. Her brother, who was in the sick bay, was evacuated, but Remy was left to fend for herself.

As soon as she escapes, she is single-minded in her determination to find her brother, who she thinks is in another quarantine some way north of where they lived. (Why is an eight-year-old boy so important to the military that they'll evacuate him, while leaving hundreds of the civilians and soldiers to be eaten alive by zombies? Well, that's a subplot on its own, but it's completely obvious from the first time Remy explains why he was being looked after).

On her travels, Remy gathers more companions (including a lion). But that's pretty much all that happens. Remy walks, meets people, fights some zombies...and finally makes it to a compound where her brother might be held.

The lion thing really bothered me. Not long before risking her life to save a lion, Remy had abandoned a girl in the desert because she had been bitten by a zombie, and walked away with zero emotional response. Fine, she can do what needs to be done in order to survive, and surviving is the only way to save her brother. Then, a few pages later, she risks her life to save a lion? Really? It seemed ridiculous and out-of-character. I suspect the lion is only there because the author thought it would be cool.

There is (naturally) a romance, but because of the writing style (or lack thereof) it seems to begin completely out of nowhere. There is no build-up of dawning emotions, because there is no emotion in this book at all- every character felt dull and lifeless.
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