Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
One of my favorite things is when I find a book that is completely unlike one that I have read in the past, which is a tough thing to find. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet and only so many combinations you can make of them into comprehensible English words. Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is one of those surprising, refreshing books that is at once different and funny and weird and entertaining and thoughtful all at once.
The primary narrator of Hollow Kingdom is S.T., a foul-mouthed domesticated crow who has inherited a bloodhound named Dennis from Big Jim, his human/mofo/hollow ‘friend’ who has suddenly come down with an illness which renders him incapable of caring for S.T. and Dennis. It seems that the whole human race has come down with this same illness, and the animals are now in charge.
S.T. knows he’s a crow, sort of, but thinks he has a human soul. He isn’t quite sure what to do now that he only has animals to keep him company. Hollow Kingdom is a journey of self-discovery for S.T.; it’s the story of the zombie apocalypse told through the eyes of a crow; it’s a what-if type commentary on whether or not the world would be better off without human interference and whether or not we’re heading towards our own inevitable destruction; it’s a story of redemption; it’s a story of loss; and ultimately it’s a story of hope.
Honestly, it’s hard to describe. In this book you will find sentient trees and Cheeto™ worshipping and Mama Bears who are, literally, all metaphorically Mama Bear about their cubs. Yet somehow it’s a believable landscape and laugh out loud funny at the same time, which is quite the literary coup. This is a masterpiece of creativity.
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