Hollow World

Escape from Limbo, Part I

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
210 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2020
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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

In Hollow World: Escape from Limbo, Part I by C Michael McGannon, Lukos turns nineteen and prepares to leave the service of Sir Patterwicke Doyle. He is eager to get on with his life out from under the control of Lord Doyle, but the other lords of the city are just as eager to keep him where he is because only they know who he really is. While Lukos tries to avoid the notice of the Hollow Men, the steam-powered law enforcers of Limbo, he encounters the thief, Kit. She has been following him because he seems to be an easy mark for a seasoned pickpocket. But, Kit also wants to escape the ominous attention of the Hollow Men searching Limbo like never before. Her capture means death. Will the two unlikely companions be able to escape the sinister forces even now closing in on them?

Hollow World: Escape from Limbo, Part I by C Michael McGannon is a fast-paced, imaginative steampunk novel. The author’s writing is never boring and quite original, and he takes readers willingly along for the ride. Also, he never dumps too much background information at once for readers to wade through and forget which direction the story is going. As they should be, the villains are single-minded in their mission to nab their quarry. His main characters are not always likable, but we do care about their fate. Lukos is driven to change his life without knowing or considering the consequences, and Kit wants to stay alive the way she always has. Together, they prove to be a duo to be reckoned with, and we want them to win. This adventure is the first installment of a ten-episode series, which promises to make readers returning fans.