Review – Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

Posted August 24, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Feral Creatures by Kira Jane BuxtonFeral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton
Series: Hollow Kingdom #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 24, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 368
Format: ARC, eBook, Hardcover
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In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, the animal kingdom's "favorite apocalyptic hero"is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic (Helen Macdonald).

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. . . .
 
When the world last checked-in with its favorite Cheeto addict, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started re-claiming her territory from humankind. S.T., the intrepid crow, alongside his bloodhound-bestie Dennis, had set about saving pets that had become trapped in their homes after humanity went the way of the dodo.
 
That is, dear reader, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare—and so precious—that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity's last hope for survival. But in a wild world plagued by prejudiced animals, feather-raising environments, new threats so terrifying they make zombies look like baby bunnies, and a horrendous dearth of cheesy snacks, what's a crow to do?
 
Why, wing it on another big-hearted, death-defying adventure, that's what! Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.

I couldn’t wait to read this book! I was blown away by Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom, so it was no surprise that I would want to read the newest book in the series just as soon as it became available to me. I am thrilled that this book was able to live up to my incredibly high expectations. This book had all of the humor, excitement, and relatable moments that I had hoped to find. I had a great time catching up with S.T. and the rest of the gang.

This story picks up some years after the events of the first book of the series, and I do recommend reading this series in order. S.T. is in Alaska with his bird friends focused on raising the last MoFo, Dee. It is not an easy job but S.T. is determined to keep his nestling safe at any cost. When things go wrong in Alaska, they must make their way to Seattle where they will encounter some familiar faces and more danger than you could imagine.

One of the things that I loved about Hollow Kingdom was the originality of the story. I wasn’t sure that there could be many more surprises in this new installment but I was pleasantly surprised. I could not have guessed the changes that have taken place in the world. It was really a touching story at times and I thought that the love that S.T. felt for Dee and the other animals really shone on the pages. This was a really heartfelt story that made me worry about the characters one moment and laughing the next.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This is an incredibly unique and original tale featuring a surprisingly relatable crow. I will definitely be reading more of this talented author’s work in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing.

About Kira Jane Buxton

Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom, was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the Audie Awards, and the Washington State Book Awards, and was named a best book of 2019 by NPR, Book Riot, and Good Housekeeping. She spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, five Steller’s jays, two dark-eyed juncos, two squirrels, and a husband.

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8 responses to “Review – Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

  1. Debbie Haupt

    Okay wow I may have missed book one because, pandemic and I probably wasn’t up for reading a book about one . So maybe I’m ready now because this looks really good