Book Review: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Looking for your next read? Check out Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Meredith L.

Big Jim is sick. His pet crow, S.T., has tried everything he knows to help him get better but with no luck. After S.T. realizes that the humans have turned into zombies he knows it’s time for him and Dennis the Bloodhound to venture out into the world on their own. As they roam around Seattle, they encounter other animals and learn that the world is changing and the human zombies may not be their biggest threat.

Despite the post-apocalyptic setting and the grim outlook for humans, this book is full of humor, wisdom, and heart. The author clearly has a deep love of crows and the natural world as a whole. The way she describes how various animals communicate with each other is almost poetic. The harshness of a ruined Seattle is tempered with hope as Buxton writes of nature breaking through disaster and emerging with new vigor. This is a unique read that will make you wonder why crows aren’t more popular pets.

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