Friday, March 21, 2014
Review for HOLLOW WORLD
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when faced with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. He could find more than a cure for his illness; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began…but only if he can survive Hollow World.
I'm a big fan of this writer's fantasy books and thought I'd step out of my comfort zone and read Michael Sullivan's science fiction. Besides I haven't read any science fiction for a dog's age.
Hollow World kept up a fascinating plot while at the same time posing tough questions.—What is important in life? Does individuality matter? Does gender matter? What is the nature of love?—Yet the book asked those questions without veering outside the margins and preaching the answers to the reader.
I really appreciated how this book made me look deeper inside myself. That’s what a great book should do.
As far as plot goes, the main character is a very ordinary guy, not your normal main character. After discovering a terminal illness, Ellis Rogers leaves his disappointing life behind and takes a risk on time travel. He goes not 200 year into the future but 2000. What he finds there will be a surprise to the reader and is sure to entertain.
As always with Michael Sullivan the world-building is superb, the characters sure to be sympathetic, and the pace speeds to a satisfying conclusion. His fantasy books number among my favorites and now his science fiction story has joined them.
I received this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review.