Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Hollow Shell Part 1-By Mark Scioneaux


Hollow Shell follows the journey of Chris and Dawn as they navigate through a world devastated by a zombie outbreak. Chris needs to get to West Virginia to make sure his wife is okay. The problem is they are in Louisiana. They will set out on a journey where they'll encounter zombies, humans—both friendly and maniacal—and other obstacles that get in their path. They will also learn about themselves and grow closer, something which may or may not be a good thing.  

Amazon Stars: 5/5 

Any  hypothetical apocalypse scenario would prove to be devastating on several levels. Indeed… that's why it's the apocalypse! The oft-maligned zombie scenario has recently come under serious fire, as thousands of books flood the market, some of them seemingly published by anyone can type a letter onto a computer screen. However this may be true, the zombie apocalypse remains a harrowing nightmare within our imaginations, and the human tragedy inherent in such a disaster is addressed in all its terror by author Mark Scioneaux.

Hollow Shell is a zombie epic broken down into several episodes, and the first one introduces us to the overwhelming emotional toll that any sudden, natural disaster might inflict upon the survivors. We meet Chris, and we are thrust into the maelstrom of emotional torment that shreds his soul. In this first episode, zombies serve as a catalyst for the conflict protagonist to realize his own horror, and the guilt of remaining alive while so many others are gone.

In this book, the dialogue is well-delivered, although I would have liked for a lot of the expository information to be spread out over a longer period of time. I almost felt like I was forced to know everything there is to know about these characters in a short amount of time, leaving little to mystery. However, the author brings Dawn and Christ to life so that might be able to experience the remainder of the thrill-ride with people we're going to care about… which will only enhance the sense of dread that hangs over every word on the page.

Anyone who has ever survived or endured a difficult, life-changing event will be able to relate to "Hollow Shell," which makes its power over the reader much more poignant. This is a story of real horror, even if there are imaginary monsters. "Hollow Shell" promises a dramatic, action-packed story that will leave you wanting more.