This book hooked me from the first pages. Way back in November, when Michael J. Sullivan first released a preview of the book, I knew it was going to be something I absolutely had to finish. I expected to be entertained, and thrilled–put on the edge of my seat, but I never expected the many moving surprises this book had in store for me.
At first glance Sullivan’s book appeared to be a fun story about time travel, but as I got further into it I saw that time travel was simply a tool Sullivan was using to explore a lot about our culture in it’s current state. The future Ellis Roger’s encounters is at first fascinating, and drew me in to the story deeper with a desire to find out what would happen next, but I slowly became aware that the future was a mirror, which allowed Ellis Rogers to reflect on the life he’d had, as well as for the reader to perhaps see our current culture and society from a new perspective.
This book tugged on my heart strings more than once, and had me thinking about–as well as appreciating–the relationships in my own life. Hollow World is so much more than an entertaining story about time travel (though it is that, too). It’s a story about people and their relationships, like many of the great stories are. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a story that is both thrilling and emotionally fulfilling.
Sullivan’s best work thus far, in my opinion.