Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking (CBR-IV #31)

Cannonball Read IV: Book #31/52
Published: 2010
Pages: 291
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Zombie

Several years ago, a zombie virus swept across America. Some survivors managed to live in isolated military quarantines for a while. Now, the zombies are getting smarter and broke into the quarantine where 19-year-old Remy King has been living. Before they were taken over, her younger brother was evacuated to another quarantine somewhere up north. Remy manages to escape and goes after her brother.

I actually really liked this book. There was a lot of action and good pacing. Some characters were a little cliche at times (tough as nails main female character for one), but still likable. I liked that there was a tiny bit of romance, but it didn't take center stage over the story. I think that made the story a little more realistic compared to a lot of YA dystopian novels. Of course there would be romantic relationships during in a post-apocalyptic world -- especially when you have a small group of young people in such intense situations. However, the relationships in this book weren't overly sappy and actually felt like they were almost due to a lack of options and being in a high stress environment (which is completely feasible in this type of situation). 

One thing that sort of bugged me was the zombies. They weren't really what most people consider "zombies". They weren't reanimated dead. They were just really sick with the virus. They were also much faster and sometimes smarter than typical zombies. It didn't really effect the story, but it just sort of bugged me. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hollowland. It had just what I look for in my dystopian fiction: lots of action, interesting characters, and low on the romance.

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