Michael J Sullivan
If you have ever read the Time Machine by H.G.Wells you know that the book isn’t really about time travel. If you don’t know this and you have read it, perhaps you were too young when you did read it. Anyway, Hollow World is similar. The book is allegorical. While Hollow World brings up some interesting points about the world and what people are always striving to achieve. I felt myself very bored overall with the book. The main character Ellis was nice enough, seemed generally a good guy. But a few of the contrivances for the sake of said allegory seemed a bit much. The story itself was a tad on the boring side. Some of it felt like Flash Gordon other parts much like the Time Machine. I guess that’s one of the main issues with writing a book about time travel. It has been done so much, so often, and generally so badly; that it’s hard to be given a fair shake.
By the end of the book, I certainly appreciated the point the author was trying to make. But I also, felt like he should have made in a novella or short story. As this book was much too long and much too drawn out for the “moral” for a lack of a better term. Some people may find Hollow World a fun read. There is some action in it and the end is quite a twist but I just never got into it.