Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Book Series: The Hollows #0.1
Released: 2/7/17 by Gallery Books
Pages: 407 Price: $26.99 Hardcover
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.
Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.
Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
If you are a fan of the now finished Hollows series then you will not want to pass this one up! Especially, if like me, you always wondered how all the turn that outed all the paranormal species happen. This prequel will deliver that answer and more as we are taken back to the 60’s and find out how the world almost lost its humans.
I loved this book, a chance to visit this world once again and maybe see some familiar faces was such a treat. Took me a bit to actually figure out how each new character would eventually fit into the world as I would come to know it but I caught on soon enough. The story was a bit slow in the first half but by the second half the action had picked up to a pace that felt true to this series.
The characters were a great mix and while many were missing, not having been born, their absence was barely felt with all the new people to take their place. Trisk was great, a strong female lead that did this series proud. Kal, on the other hand, was a complete and utter ass. In fact, my only disappointment with this entire book was that he got off far top easily for his crimes. Personally, I think being drug off to hell would be the only fitting reward for his actions but then he would not be there to set up events for the future series. Still, totally unfair he deserved worse….the spoiled brat. I also feel bad for Trisk’s future but if I look at it logically she did some pretty questionable actions as well.
This book was not what I was expecting when I learned there would be a prequel to The Hollows series. I was expecting a short little novella with a fun tale that would make me nostalgic for a series now finished. What we got was a full-length adventure introducing a whole set of new characters and bringing back a few of our favorites. This book has depth and substance and delivers so much more than just a tale about where The Hollows’ world all went wrong. This book also takes a look and raises some interesting questions about human genetic modification of crops and viruses along with government control and coverup. Just when does the end no longer justify the means?
So again, if you love The Hollows pick this book up and enjoy the ride. If you have no previous history with this world or its characters I say give it a go too. Ms. Harrison is an excellent author that delivers an excellent read.
My Rating: 4 Stars