HOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton

HOLLOW KINGDOM

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When a deadly virus changes humankind forever, S.T., a domesticated crow with a mouth like a sailor, and his dog, Dennis, teach the animal kingdom how to survive the apocalypse.

After their owner becomes a slobbering, zombielike creature with a deadly cellphone obsession, unflappable crow S.T. and loyal canine Dennis venture out into Seattle. They soon realize other domesticated animals aren't as lucky and are trapped in their locked homes. With his innate knowledge of the MoFo (human) world, S.T. uses his corvid intelligence and Dennis’ high-powered sniffer to come to the rescue. When old and new predators emerge in a city quickly returning to nature, S.T. and Dennis join forces with wild crows and other animals to keep their territory safe. It’s an intriguing and fun premise that starts with a strong and saucy voice, but this debut novel gets very muddled very quickly. In lieu of giving her lively animal characters a rich narrative arc, the author focuses too heavily on not-so-subtle morality tales about every injustice and environmental crisis in the world today. The science is messy, wins feel too easy, and losses don’t cut as deeply as they’re meant to, though it's possibly saved by witty one-liners and the author’s sharp take on a bird’s eye-view of Seattle.

A heavy-handed zombie apocalypse-meets-nature documentary meant to inspire humans to do better, but it loses its way.

Pub Date: Aug. 6th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-5387-4582-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2019




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