Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book.
Hollowland is my favorite of the two, but I feel as though Hollowmen is an appropriate sequel. Zombies, post-apocalyptia. People are going to die, and you'll probably not end up with that "one true love." (SPOILER: Remy and Lazlo do not get together).
Which is fine, because I get it. The zombie genre isn't supposed to be happily-ever-afters. It's realistic in a prospectively gruesome world. You adapt or your die, and that's sort of the philosophy behind Remy.
I didn't catch up on who the new love interest was at first. I should have, because everyone else in their group was paired off with someone. But I think Boden balances Remy out, similar to how Lazlo did but in a different way.
Some things about Remy annoyed me, but that's not a reflection on the characterization or the writing. That's as a person. Remy is NOT a damsel in distress, and she makes sure you know it.
Also, I like how the zombies aren't just a stagnant antagonist. They're adapting. They're not SMART, but they're learning. As time goes on, you have to be smarter about evading them. And I like this development. It builds with the sequel, and there's the possibility of another sequel (if that happens) with Remy's immunity. Hocking left room for more development.
The only thing that really annoyed me story-wise was the little girl Stella. I find it a bit unrealistic that this child is still alive with the amount of tantrums she throws and her obstinate stubbornness to listen to the adults when fucking zombies are coming. It was annoying and frustrating. That may sound bad, but I didn't see the point in her, other than giving the group something to protect-slash-live for.
All in all, a fast paced read with its appropriate level of action and a small, but refreshing share of romance.
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