I've read quite a lot of Hocking's work (namely the My Blood Approves series and the Tryll Trilogy) and liked 'em, so I saw this one for free on Smashwords and thought I'd give it a shot...
By far, this is MY FAVORITE SERIES OF HOCKING'S and I feel it is her best written.
It was a lot tighter, succinct where it needed to be, and more eventful than MBA. And much more intense and gritty than Tryll. I feel like it is extremely underrated, since you hear a lot about her other books and hardly anything from this one! If you liked her other work, you will probably like this series even better. You can tell she has developed into a stronger writer and improved the pacing (which was a major con for me in MBA).
The book kinda says, I'm not going to lay it all out for you, you need to read between the lines a bit, which is so nice! It didn't try my patience and I was left to mull over a few parts that weren't completely transparent.
I only have a few qualms: I would have liked to see more of the character's internal thoughts, but then again Remmy is not the kind of person to dwell on the past. Also the relationship with Lazlo--I didn't feel there was a definite catalyst for them to be drawn to each other. Other little problems I had with it are just a result of being self-published I think, and with more extensive editing would have been addressed.
But that being said, I REALLY liked the story. Remmy is a bad-ass zombie killer and doesn't let her emotions get the better of her. She can't. She is a survivor and that means having to make tough choices that haunt her. But it is her love for her little brother, the only thing she has left in the world, that keeps her trekking across the country and braving the horrors of post-apocalyptic America till she finds him. On top of the obvious zombie run-ins, the people can be just as dangerous... if not more!
There are some awesome twists, a surprising revelation, and a cliff-hanger ending, but I won't give it all away. The great thing about this book is it feels like a real adventure. You will be surprised and find the unexpected at every turn.
I have already read the sequel Hollowmen too, which I liked EVEN MORE.
By far, my favorite series from Amanda Hocking! And probably my favorite zombie story ever.
P.S. Ripley FTW! I want one :)
(review of free book)