Sunday 15 November 2015

Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton (2012)


Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. A Children's Story. For Adults.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”
    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. "…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review

Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in the author's home state. A listing of services that are supported can be found here:  

My Review

Rarity from the Hollow is not my usual kind of read but I thought I would try out something new.
Reading Rarity from the Hollow is like reading two books. The first third of the novel is dark and revolves around Lacy Dawn surviving the childhood trauma of being raised by an abusive father and an inept mother. This is where the realism ends. The rest of the book makes for strange reading. Lacy Dawn converses with trees, the ghost of her friend Faith and a robotic boyfriend called Dotcom. Lacy Dawn plans to cure her parents by plugging them in and downloading an upgrade. When she succeeds, she is then given the task of saving the universe.
                  The story is fast paced, very imaginative and quite entertaining. There is humour in the story but it wasn't anything that made me laugh out loud. If you like toilet humour then you'll like this book.
I'm not a fan of sci-fi and probably some of it went over my head. I would have enjoyed this more if it had have been more of a gritty tale of Lacy Dawn overcoming her family difficulties in a more realistic way. I didn't like the idea that a child could cure her parents and save a marriage. The parents faced no repercussions for their actions. Not one of the adults in this book was likeable and they became even more unlikeable after they were cured and helping Lacy Dawn to save the universe. I really didn't like how inappropriately they behaved in front of her and the inappropriate conversations they had with her.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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