This girl and her lion can kick your butt and a zombie’s butt At The Same Time!

This girl and her lion can kick your butt and a zombie’s butt At The Same Time!

Hollowland is an older book, but it is one of my favorites. There is non-stop action and a really tough protagonist. She is working her way across the wasteland of a zombie filled USA to find the military installation where her sick younger brother was evacuated to when their former safe haven is overrun. A solid and reliable pre med student, a fashion conscious preteen, and an incompetent but endearing former rock star make up her unwanted team of traveling companions. Also, there is a lion. This one is full of snark and attitude, which I always enjoy. Many reviewers on Goodreads thought this was an example of bad writing and/or bad plotting, but I loved it, and I read it at least once a year. The students that I can talk into reading it always want the sequel. The narrator isn’t a girly girl, so both male and female readers can find it engaging. It is also usually free on Amazon, so nothing lost if you download it and decide I am fooling myself about the enjoyment it will bring you.

Hollowland Amanda Hocking
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 6th 2010 by Amanda Hocking (first published September 28th 2010)

Goodreads Summary

Hollowland – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows…

“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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