Hollowland (The Hollows, #1) - Amanda Hocking Hollowland starts out with nineteen-year-old Remy King waking up to the sound of a siren. We find out she’s in a compound near Las Vegas and Zombies have invaded the once-safe enclosure. Her only thought is to leave the room she shares with several younger girls and go find Max, her eight-year-old brother, who is housed somewhere in the same building. Some girls follow her, while the others follow protocol and barricade themselves in their rooms. Downstairs, Remy and her companions find dead bodies of soldiers and zombies alike. Luckily, she happens to find a soldier she knows and asks him about her brother. The soldier tells her Max was evacuated to a base near Wyoming. Remy tells the soldier to come with her, but he refuses to go with her. She insists, but stops when he shows her his arm. He's been bitten by a zombie. Dejected, Remy leaves, and only she and another girl, thirteen-year-old Harlow, are able to clear the base with their lives. Behind them, the base burns to the ground, but they don’t sit still, they move on and make their way to catch up with Max. So begins Remy's long journey to Wyoming to find her brother alongside Harlow, a rock star (Lazlo), a medical intern (Blue), and Ripley, a lioness they pick up along the way who loves to eat zombies. They quickly form a tight-knit group and they trust Remy unconditionally - though Remy is keeping a secret from them. But it's just a matter of time before the group discovers what Remy is hiding and nothing will ever be the same again. It should be noted that I'm not a horror fan, but I did enjoy reading this book as Hocking portrays a vivid picture of what the post-Apocalyptic world would be like - filled with heartache, loss, death, hope, love, and non-stop action. This book was a page-turner for me and I definitely recommend it. What’s even better is that it’s free on Amazon.com. Click on the link – BOOK SYNOPSIS FROM AMAZON.COM – found underneath the cover picture to download it.My favorite part of the book was that it was a toss up as to who was more dangerous - the zombies or the non-infected humans they come across in their travels. Plus, I'm all about happy endings and we get one - sort of - though it's more of a cliffhanger. Thank goodness there is a part 2, Hollowmen, where we can find out what happens next! http://readourlipsblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-hollowland-hollows-1-by-amanda.html#more