Hey guys, I have your next read right here! If you’re a fan of this genre but are craving something different I can’t recommend Hollow Kingdom enough!
Hollow Kingdom #1
Publication Date: August 6th, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Zombies
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.
Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.
Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero.
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A friend of mine posted a killer review for Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton and I was instantly intrigued! Then she suprised me further by recommending I listen to the audiobook. So I did and it was FAN-FRIKIN-TASTIC!
Not since reading Animal Farm have I read such an insightful story about humanity from the point of view of animals. And not just any animal, a domesticated crow called “S.T.” AKA “Shit Turd”.
“Trees are normally very general and all-inclusive with their wisdom pearls. When a tree decides to talk to you, it’s a very, very big deal, as if the world stops, as if you are scooped up and held in a snow globe, weightless and womb-like. I felt their vibrations in my feathers, in the flutter of my little black heart.”
Hollow Kingdom was so refreshingly different from the millions of zombie apocalypse stories I’ve read and it is written so well, one might find themselves agreeing that humans had their time and perhaps for a change of management. Not only that, S.T. is such an endearing character you can’t help but fall in love with this little crow.
Lastly, I loved this story because it is just so clever, and witty. Hearing it narrated made it even funnier and I’m so glad I listened to my friend!
This one is a series starter and I am so excited for Feral Kingdom!
I give this book 5 powdery cheetos out of 5!