Author: Kira Jane Buxton
Title: Hollow Kingdom
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Publication Info:New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2019
This novel depicts a zombie apocalypse in the greater Seattle region of Washington as narrated by S.T., a domesticated American crow kept as a pet by a loutish man named Big Jim. When Big Jim and the other humans turn feral, S.T. must flee with his best friend, a dim but loyal hound dog named Dennis. Thus begins a journey of discovery for S.T., raised since hatching to be human, to get in touch with his crow identity. S.T. learns that his mission in life is to ally with wild birds to help rescue domestic animals who are at risk from both zombie humans and larger predators (including animals escaped from the zoo).
The crude humor of Hollow Kingdom reminds me a lot of the writing of Christopher Moore. I felt the metaphor of humanity addicted to the internet and screens was heavy handed, and my interest started to lag in the last part of the book. Nevertheless though it is a creative work of fiction with a unique perspective.
- The World Without Us by Alan Weisman