Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Dog Horn Publishing
Page count: 284 pages
Publication Date: 2nd edition published September 30, 2016
Rating – 4 stars
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. The second edition is scheduled for release in October 2016.
“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
Good afternoon everyone! Today I am bringing you a review of a book that I received from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Once I read the synopsis for Rarity from the Hollow, I was immediately intrigued. It sounded like nothing I had ever read before and I was definitely right about that.
Rarity from the Hollow is a science fiction story told mostly from the perspective of young Lacey Dawn, although we do get glimpses into the psyche of the other character’s in this story like her mom, dad, Tom and Dot Com. They live in the Hollow which seemed like a low income/low education area, also the kind of area where one grow up and no one really expects anyone to leave. But Lacey Dawn is altogether different than really anyone else on earth and has been evolving across time so that she can save the galaxy. I liked the idea of this little girl from the Hollow, who has been through some shit, ending up being everyone’s last hope for salvation.
This book wasn’t ever boring or predictable, it went places that I would never have seen it go. It got weird and quirky towards the middle/end of the book. I definitely loved the science fiction feel of this book but it was a different science fiction than what I am normally used to. I’m still really new to the genre so when I read science fiction I’m expecting something really technical and super spacey like The Martian but this book is really quirky. Some have classed it in the same sub genre as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy which I have not read (it’s on my to do list) but from what I know about that book it totally makes sense.
It is pitched as a children’s story for adults, mainly because the perspective is that of a young child and it is at times fantastical. I totally agree with that categorization. It’s definitely not for everyone and it is pointed out on Goodreads that the easily offended may not necessarily get it. I agree with that as well. There are alot of sexual references in this book and I did find it odd when the other character’s confided sexual things to a child, even if this child is supposed to be leagues ahead of her age mentally. I think that was hard for me to get around. The book does deal with alot of tough issues like child abuse, substance abuse and PTSD, all hard to read about but very present in our society so it’s important to recognize that these things are very real and this book reflects that.
This book was a heavy read for me (although I did also find humor in the book as well) not only because of the tough subjects it deals with but also because the story as a whole took some time to let me go. A day after I finished it, I’m still thinking about it and the topics it brought up in my mind. I also found the science fiction elements of it fascinating like trips to Shptiludrp, which I thought was a clever name for the planet. I have also never been so fascinated and grossed out at the same time (when I was reading the part with the roaches). I’m giving this book a four star review, it was super interesting and altogether different and unexpected. Fans of quirky science fiction with some social commentary may enjoy this book.
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About the Author
Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/