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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, the animal kingdom's "favorite apocalyptic hero" is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic (Helen Macdonald).

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T....

When the world last checked in with its favorite Cheetos addict, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started reclaiming her territory from humankind. S.T., the intrepid crow, alongside his bloodhound-bestie Dennis, had set about saving pets that had become trapped in their homes after humanity went the way of the dodo.

That is, dear reader, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare - and so precious - that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity's last hope for survival. But in a wild world plagued by prejudiced animals, feather-raising environments, new threats so terrifying they make zombies look like baby bunnies, and a horrendous dearth of cheesy snacks, what's a crow to do?

Why, wing it on another bighearted, death-defying adventure, that's what! Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.

©2021 Kira Jane Buxton (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Buxton balances the snarky humor and moving tenderness of her delightful protagonist with genuine tension. Fans of postapocalyptic dangers and witty narration will eat up this charming story." (Publishers Weekly)

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hilarious, spectacular! but heartbreaking and sad

love this series! ❤️❤️❤️ but if you are an animal lover, the action scenes are painful to listen to. If you actively listen, prepare to be awed by the litany of information about the superpowers found in the natural world. You might want to take notes on ST's various slang terms for characters, locations and behaviors because when the action gets going, it can be difficult to translate.
I only gave the story 4 stars because at times, it was so difficult to listen to. I hated ST's enflamed descriptions of the horrifying Changed Ones and the brutality they inflicted on animals. I also found the tension in the last 1/4 of the book, so alligorically prolific, tormenting. As an animal and nature lover, my enjoyment of the book as all a whole was impacted by this. If anything, this is a nod to the author's talent. But if you are especially sensitive to animal cruelty or environmental tragedies this will be hard to navigate.

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Great sequel

loved the entire story from beginning to end. I never thought I'd like a crow so much but ST has a special spot in my heart. I hope the author writes a third book and soon.

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  • 08-31-21

Excellent

This is a wonderful 2nd book in the series and I’m hopeful that we’ll get to hear more from ST the crow and the gang. Narrator is wonderful as always and the book itself is literally LOL funny. Books that make you giggle out loud are the best, and this is one of those. Much bad language, which I enjoy and feel enhances the story, but beware if you find it offensive.

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my favorite book duo

this book is even better than the first one!!
do yourself a favor and read it!

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Sequel was better than the first

I enjoyed the first book, but the sequel was even better- funnier, less redundant, and fantastically narrated. Amazing combo of nature doc, pop culture satire and apocalyptic horror. With a ravishingly handsome crow at the helm.

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Hilarious Post Apocalyptic Story

This unusual POV and excellent narrator will having you chuckling out loud. Highly recommend!

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I really enjoyed these books! I rarely laugh out loud while listening to audiobooks but found myself laughing often during both of these books. If you enjoy animals, zombies, puns and foul language these books are for you!

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Cats are just fuzzy middle fingers

“I was sitting on Mt. Vesuvius and my A was about to get Pompeii’d.”
Another fun installment, this time leaning even more into the horror-vibe of the Animal Farm apocalypse. A little pop-culture, a little MoFo parody, and a lot of creative imagining of the extinction of mankind.

Three things that kept book 2 on the pretty good, but not fantastic side:
1) Especially in the first half, the F bombs are frequent and unnecessary. The second half was much better and the occasional bomb worked to great effect.
2) All the big, multi-syllabic words didn’t feel right coming from an MC named Sh!t-tvrd. Was the author showing off? Or is the author’s highbrow pontificating too much for my puny listener brain? It’s been a while since I had to look up so many words.Not a terrible thing… just took me out of the story sometimes.
—“glabrous skin”
—“volplane move”
—“parthenogenesis”
—“Susurrus of wings”
3) 90% of this is just S.T., Dee, and a dizzying array of animal cameos. The animal variety was cool, but also got old and I can’t say I found any new characters in book 2 to love nearly as much as the book 1 cast. Speaking of the book 1 cast, Ghengis Cat, Orange, and even Dennis get a little screen time (albeit in flashback for Dennis)… but only enough to make me mad they didn’t get more.
And Cheetos. Not one Cheeto to be had, dagnabbit!

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  • 05-05-22

Dang book! I couldn’t put it down.

I didn’t know if the author could beat his first book in the series, hollow kingdom, but he did. It was one of those books where I thought about it when I wasn’t reading, which is a major accomplishment and kept me up at night. It was heartfelt, irreverent, and I often laughed out loud.

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just finished book 2

I got both books on audible.
I tried really really hard to like them. the story was defiantly imaginative. and thought out.
id say not appropriate for anyone under 16/17 as langauge and things are adult.
I dont want to say its not worth a listen just because it wasn't my favorite so dont take this as a bad review. it just didn't keep my full attention but someone else may think the opposite.

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