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Publisher's Summary

A finalist for the 2020 Thurber Prize for American Humor!

"The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead" (Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author) in this big-hearted, boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse, where a foul-mouthed crow is humanity's only chance to survive Seattle's zombie problem.

S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (i.e. "those idiots"), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos®. 

But when Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to think something's not quite right. His tried-and-true remedies - from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis - fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he suddenly discovers that the neighbors are devouring one another. Local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators. 

Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a cowardly crow whose only knowledge of the world around him comes from TV.

What could possibly go wrong? 

©2019 Kira Jane Buxton (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It's an adventure lit by strange myths, brand-names, television and smartphone screens, a fable with teeth and claws about animals making new lives amongst the ruins of humanity. It's transformative, poignant, and funny as hell. S.T. the irrepressible, cursing crow is my new favourite apocalyptic hero." (Helen Macdonald, New York Times best-selling author of H Is for Hawk

"A plucky hero, a boisterous tale, startling prose and eerie events combine for a thoroughly enjoyable account of the end of the world as we know it. The Secret Life of Pets meets The Walking Dead." (Karen Joy Fowler, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)  

"I love this book so much! I wanted to set it on fire while hugging it. I wanted to hasten the apocalypse just to see how my own pets fare in a more humane world without humans. Kira Jane Buxton's voice is fresh, like a newly dug grave, but so joyful and honest you'll laugh out loud, and then check to make sure you haven't lost an eyeball. Hollow Kingdom is a wildly original debut and a paean to my favorite city." (Jamie Ford, New York Times best-selling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet)

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Original, Funny, Unputdownable

Robert Petkoff is the perfect narrator for this incredibly funny, original and addictive end of the world adventure. Filled with memorable ... characters, Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton is a book like none other and it will show you the Apocalypse like you never seen it before.

A good friend of mine, best-selling and award-winning thriller author Brett Battles, suggested that I give this story a listen and boy he was right on the money!

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Thank you & stay safe,
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Completely, unexpectedly wonderful!

I'm not really sure how I came about purchasing this book. It may have been a random Audible Daily Deal that I purchased on a whim. It sat on my app for several weeks and finally, I decided to listen with no recollection of what it was about and absolutely no expectations. Well, the main character had me immediately at 'Shit-Bird'... and then it just went on from there. Robert Petkoff, a narrator with whom I was unfamiliar, was ABSOLUTELY amazing! (I loved his amazing accents and voices, especially the foul mouthed Scottish... I think he was a cow... wait, I guess that would make him a bull). The story, which brings to mind those TV shows where they talk about what happens if all humans were to disappear and what would happen to the animals, both domestic and wild, is approached from the view of a pet crow. There wasn't a dull moment in this book and I literally laughed out loud so often that my husband kept giving me strange looks. Honestly, I will never look at a squirrel the same again. I also almost cried at one point... and I challenge anyone who reads/listens to this say it didn't affect them - unless, of course, you have no soul. But that's the hallmark of a good book isn't it? Comedy and drama intermingled to evoke emotions. Coming to this book with no expectations, it just felt that much more satisfying to enjoy it so very much. Thank you Kira Jane Buxton and Robert Petkoff for bringing me this amazing reading/listening experience. (This is probably the gushiest review I've ever written... but yes, I enjoyed it THAT much.)

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If Christopher Moore re-wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull during a zombie apocalypse, it still wouldn’t be this good! Fun and funny, it’s irreverent beauty is a joy to behold and the narration is spot on.

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Crows Before Hoes

Very interesting book, with an anthropomorphizing bent that reminded me a little of The Overstory for some reason. Aura, I suppose.
I found this book quite satisfying. I don't really like zombie apocalypse stories but this one was so different I enjoyed it.

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YA?

Honestly, except for the foul language, it comes across as a YA book. If I were an editor, I'd clean it up, repackage it for a younger audience, and voila! It's an enjoyable book. Otherwise, it's pretty light on emotional depth, characters, and plot payoff.

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Can this be rewritten for Young Adults?

First the pros: well written main character, funny similes and descriptions, humorous observations on human behavior, Nicely narrated with many, many voices needed for the variety of characters.
Unfortunately, the plot gets in the way.
I'm sure there is a target audience out there. Readers who like to anthropomorphize animals, don't really understand how evolution works and maybe live in the city where they are insulated from the natural balance of predator and prey species.
This would make a popular book targeted to young adults. Much of the best humor relates to the sexual, but removing those would not make the book less enjoyable.

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The Irony as a mofo doesn’t escape me

Writing a review on a electronic device, after spending hours upon hours listening to it from t same device. This story is both funny and heart breaking, and somehow hopeful. Also it is a mix between Animal Farm and The Walking Dead

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Great story and unique voice

I wasn’t too sure about this book when I first started it, but I ended up absolutely loving it. It’s entertaining, gripping, and touching. The contrast between protagonist ST’s crass voice and the poignant, beautiful musings of nature is really cool. I also loved the narrator’s performance.

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Very funny! New twist to a standby theme. It really feels like exactly what animals would be thinking if faced with humans suddenly lurching about as zombies. A bit profane if that bothers you, but used wisely. Enjoying the heck out of the wacky tale--especially the narration.

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Irreverent and Clever

A very irreverent take on the zombie apocalypse genre, told from the viewpoint of a domesticated crow. Corvids as a species are very intelligent, but also deviant, so the shoe fits, so to speak. Lots of foul language and violence. Narrator Robert Petkoff did a fabulous job with voices and timing.

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