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In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom and Seattle Times/Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller​, 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. . . In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom and Seattle Times/Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller​, 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. MOST ANTICIPATED by Bustle and "Sci-Fi Thriller" recommendation from Buzzfeed.


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In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom and Seattle Times/Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller​, 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. . . In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom and Seattle Times/Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller​, 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. MOST ANTICIPATED by Bustle and "Sci-Fi Thriller" recommendation from Buzzfeed.

30 review for Feral Creatures

  1. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Happy Book Birthday to the absolutely fabulous FERAL CREATURES!! Being that I've been afraid to post a review of this book because I am unable to do it justice, I've put it off for a few days. I am still afraid of not doing it justice, but I'm going to try my best to impart to you how beautiful, sad, hopeful and wonderful FERAL CREATURES is. In the previous book, HOLLOW KINGDOM, we met the bravest domesticated crow to ever exist, S.T. We follow his adventures with the family canine, Dennis, as t Happy Book Birthday to the absolutely fabulous FERAL CREATURES!! Being that I've been afraid to post a review of this book because I am unable to do it justice, I've put it off for a few days. I am still afraid of not doing it justice, but I'm going to try my best to impart to you how beautiful, sad, hopeful and wonderful FERAL CREATURES is. In the previous book, HOLLOW KINGDOM, we met the bravest domesticated crow to ever exist, S.T. We follow his adventures with the family canine, Dennis, as the zombie apocalypse destroys humankind. S.T. loves, respects and adores mofos. (That's what S.T. calls humans because that was what Big Jim, [S.T.'s deceased mofo], taught him to call them.) After surviving the worst event in human history, S.T. mourns the loss of mofos and then makes a discovery that changes his life forever: an infant mofo! And just like that, S.T. becomes a father. Will he be able to teach, protect and love this baby girl? Will they even be able to survive in this entirely new world? Will the world itself survive the damage done by humans, before they disappeared? You'll have to read this to find out! One of the many things I loved about HOLLOW KINGDOM was how the story is told from the point of view of various animals, not just the obscenely handsome S.T.. In FERAL CREATURES, we hear from the hilarious Genghis, the cat. We hear from orcas and other marine creatures, trees, tigers, cassowaries, monkeys and even hermit crabs! Listening carefully to what they have to say, forced this reader to recognize the current, poor state of our earth. In this book's reality, the effects humanity have had on the planet have accelerated, even though humanity itself is gone. The ocean waters are still warming, glaciers are still melting and many, many animals are forced to change their ways of life or die. Many do not survive. It's so very sad to see how all that plays out. S.T.'s role as a new father is one he takes very seriously. It takes a village and all that, you know? He cares for his mofo infant the best he knows how, but he welcomes the help of the feathereds as well as other animals to achieve his goal. Why, you might ask? Humanity is so dumb, they've killed themselves off, not to mention hurt the earth in uncountable ways, why try to save this young one? It's because of who S. T. is, at heart. S.T. still sees the wonders and joys that humanity has shown him. Cheetos for instance! The National Geographic channel. What they've taught to the yellow crested cockatoo- Tom Hanks. (He's an entertainer!) The world of the arts-mofos are truly magical to S. T.. These are the reasons he loves and needs to protect his baby mofo, who he calls Dee. At one point he tells one of his best friends, a wise old African Grey: "In this wild, wild world, Dee is the reason I open my eyes; do you understand me? Her heart opened mine, its beat is the soundtrack of my soul. She is the feeling of flight. She gives me back my wings. I will tear the sun out of the sky to protect her, and as long as the ocean breathes, I will love her with the feather and fur and ferocity of every living beast on this big beautiful blue." Has anyone ever loved you that much? S.T. is the most loyal, warm-hearted, brave and loving individual I've ever read about, corvid OR human. Also? He's funny! Very, very funny! Some of his references aren't quite right, he is a crow after all. But some things, many things, inspired me to laugh out loud. Just before he enters a huge kerfuffle he thinks to himself: S.T. is about to go down in a "Bonjovial blaze of glory." In reference to a raven that was annoying him: "This guy was swiftly becoming a turmeric stain on the tie of my existence." Sometimes, Tom Hanks, (the cockatoo, not the film star), breaks into song-"The hiiiiills are aliiiiiiveeeee." You never know what to expect in this book, which is another reason why I loved it so. I guess I need to wrap up here as I don't want this review to be longer than the book itself. No, I didn't get into the plot very much because I didn't want to give anything away. However, if you look at the wondrous cover and back cover of this book, you'll see many of the animals involved. The author displays so much knowledge about them and how they live. I was truly amazed by the inner thoughts of these animals, and also at how everything is so interconnected. I know there is a lot of talk, (and also...FACTS), about global warming and the effects humanity are having on this earth. Some say puny humankind cannot be responsible for all of these effects, but the facts cannot be denied. We often forget that we are ALL interconnected-we are all ONE. While people are distracted with their phones, other screens, celebrity gossip and masked singers, our world is being damaged. Something needs to be done. S.T. is only a crow, (granted, an obscenely funny and handsome one); he cannot save the earth and his baby girl all by himself. It takes a village and WE are that village. I loved this book, I love this author, (even though we've never met), and I love S.T.! FERAL CREATURES gets my highest recommendation! Available this August 24, 2021! *Thank you to the author for the review copy and the inscription, which I will treasure forever. This review is my honest feedback.*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    I read the Kindle edition. The author's writing displays a profound love and connection with the natural world. It is a cautionary tale of the damage humans are doing to the earth. It is written with wit and wisdom in her unique style; her books contain hilarity, sadness, joy, danger, and fear. There are vivid descriptions of nature. They address a thought-provoking, guilt-inducing awareness of how we are destroying our precious earth and its creatures and contributing to climate change. Buxton I read the Kindle edition. The author's writing displays a profound love and connection with the natural world. It is a cautionary tale of the damage humans are doing to the earth. It is written with wit and wisdom in her unique style; her books contain hilarity, sadness, joy, danger, and fear. There are vivid descriptions of nature. They address a thought-provoking, guilt-inducing awareness of how we are destroying our precious earth and its creatures and contributing to climate change. Buxton is a wordsmith, slipping in absurd references to our present culture through the narrator's words, S.T., an obscenely handsome and intelligent flightless crow who peppers his utterances with vulgar language. S.T.(Shit Turd) was named by his owner when he was the tamed pet of Big Jim. He learned his foul language from his master and uses it innocently. Big Jim called humans mofos, and S.T. refers to them the same way. They are called in the wider world 'Hollow' due to their disconnection from nature. S.T. watched the National Geographic documentaries and has a wide knowledge of the history and culture of mankind. He denies belonging to the crow species and identifies with humankind. The rumour was that humans were so attached to their iPhones and other electronic devices, thus ignoring nature, that resulted from a virus from their screens infecting them and turning them into zombies. One day, S.T. observed Big Jim's eyeball fall out, and the man became a dim-witted slobbering mess. This was the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse, and now Big Jim and other mofos have vanished from the earth. From his home in Washington State, S.T. ventured forth with his friend, Dennis, the dog, to rescue household pets, farm, and zoo animals. Birds and beasts soon joined them with the wider goal to find any human who might have survived. I loved the Hollow Kingdom and rushed to download Feral Creatures on its publication day. I regret to say I struggled with this book. I thought the plot was too scattered with too much going on. This detracted from my developing any deep emotional attachment. I wanted to rate it higher but began to feel detached from the story. However, the author displayed a towering imagination. The story begins in Alaska, where S.T. has found a human baby girl he names Dee. He is overjoyed and regards her as his nestling, and he takes on the father role. He intends to raise her to have human morals, manners, and culture. As Dee grows, she becomes more deeply attached to birds, animals, insects, trees, and plants than to S.T.s teaching. Many of the creatures cooperate to keep S.T.'s nestling safe, but some beasts recall the human destruction of the earth and how they killed animals, overfished, and contributed to climate change. Huge, ferocious hybrid creatures, The Changed Ones, have evolved and are part animal and what was once zombies. They are not happy with the newcomer in their midst. S.T. returns with Dee to his former State with the help of Orcas. The place much changed, and not for the better. Changed Ones are lurking and presenting a great danger. How will they survive, and will they receive any assistance? Although I was not as impressed with this book as with the Hollow Kingdom, I did like the author's vivid imagination and descriptions of the thoughts and behaviour of various animal and insect species. The book was a tribute to her love of the natural world which shone through on every page.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    If you loved the first one you'll love this one too. Clever, unique and funny. 4.5 stars If you loved the first one you'll love this one too. Clever, unique and funny. 4.5 stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    It is NO secret I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom! Kira Jane Buxton’s heart for animals resonates with me, and I love her whimsical genre-bending stories. In the follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, S.T., the crow, and Dennis, his beloved friend, are back, from saving the lives of pets, one animal at a time. S.T. discovers something, as crows often do, that may save humanity, but it may not be that easy. He has other threats to contend with like baby bunny zombies and a shortage of his beloved Cheetos. As It is NO secret I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom! Kira Jane Buxton’s heart for animals resonates with me, and I love her whimsical genre-bending stories. In the follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, S.T., the crow, and Dennis, his beloved friend, are back, from saving the lives of pets, one animal at a time. S.T. discovers something, as crows often do, that may save humanity, but it may not be that easy. He has other threats to contend with like baby bunny zombies and a shortage of his beloved Cheetos. As ever, much like Hollow Kingdom, Feral Creatures is clever and witty. Not only is Buxton a lover of animals, she’s a wordsmith and lover of words, too. Feral Creatures is quirky fun and a great fit for those who adore animals and reading something different than typical fare. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Greendale

    This is essentially the same book as Hollow Kingdom (similar plot; same beats). The main difference is S.T. travels with a companion he loves, rather than one he despises. His single-minded focus on this companion is redundant and wearying. Not as many laughs in this one, and a whole lot more frantic running around, which makes for a hyperactive read. An admirable book but not equal to its predecessor.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristina (heartsfullofreads)

    Feral Creatures has all the heart and humor that I loved in Hollow Kingdom. It was so good to be back with S.T. and the gang and meet some new characters too. Kira Jane Buxton's writing is fantastic. It's lyrical and beautiful without being over the top flowery. I loved the way she explored themes of identity, climate change, nature, and mental health in this book. If you haven't started this series yet, you are missing out. I also want to note that the audiobook narrator is a gem to humanity. Feral Creatures has all the heart and humor that I loved in Hollow Kingdom. It was so good to be back with S.T. and the gang and meet some new characters too. Kira Jane Buxton's writing is fantastic. It's lyrical and beautiful without being over the top flowery. I loved the way she explored themes of identity, climate change, nature, and mental health in this book. If you haven't started this series yet, you are missing out. I also want to note that the audiobook narrator is a gem to humanity.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    *My 1000th review on Goodreads!* Unfortunately, things did not go quite as planned. Oh well... DNF at 24% I'm not giving this a star rating because I didn't finish, and the reasons are purely personal. I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom and so I was really excited about a sequel. Unfortunately for me, some of the things that happen (and to one animal character in particular) were just a bit too painful for me to read about, and so I decided I couldn't finish this right now. That said, the other revie *My 1000th review on Goodreads!* Unfortunately, things did not go quite as planned. Oh well... DNF at 24% I'm not giving this a star rating because I didn't finish, and the reasons are purely personal. I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom and so I was really excited about a sequel. Unfortunately for me, some of the things that happen (and to one animal character in particular) were just a bit too painful for me to read about, and so I decided I couldn't finish this right now. That said, the other reviews for this book show I'm in the minority, and so anyone who enjoyed the first book should absolutely give this a try. I think Buxton is a very talented writer, and I will absolutely read her next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/08/31/... Soooooooo good! Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton was one of my most anticipate releases of 2021 and what can I say but it did not disappoint. I make it no secret that I absolutely adored its predecessor Hollow Kingdom and fell immediately in love with its protagonist, a cheeky crass-talking American crow named S.T. which is short for Shit Turd—I kid you not. If you’re sitting there thinking, hey, this sounds a little di 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2021/08/31/... Soooooooo good! Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton was one of my most anticipate releases of 2021 and what can I say but it did not disappoint. I make it no secret that I absolutely adored its predecessor Hollow Kingdom and fell immediately in love with its protagonist, a cheeky crass-talking American crow named S.T. which is short for Shit Turd—I kid you not. If you’re sitting there thinking, hey, this sounds a little different…well, you’ve got that right. But obviously, if you’re read the first book, you already know all this. If you haven’t, then I highly recommend picking up Hollow Kingdom before tackling this one. The author does make some attempt to remind readers of prior events or to rehash a few concepts here or there, but for the most part, Feral Creatures is meant to be experienced as a direct sequel. In it, we catch up with S.T. approximately a decade after the previous book ended. Mother nature and her animals have begun reclaiming the planet, now that all the world’s humans have succumbed to a catastrophic disease turning them into ravenous, bloodthirsty beasts (read: zombies). All except one. Dee is perfect. For whatever reason, this beautiful tiny infant had evaded the viral pandemic which turned the rest of her species into the mindless, hollow shells of what they once were. And S.T., who had found her, immediately fell in love as a mother bird would their nestling. Raised by a human, S.T. still feels a desperate longing for the life he once shared with his owner Big Jim, back when they were still surrounded by the comforts and luxuries of civilization—among them Cheetos and TV. In Dee, he sees a glimmer of hope for humans (or MoFos, as that was the word Big Jim had used all the time to refer to other people) and perhaps an opportunity to one day bring back humanity’s past glory. So, armed with his fond memories of Big Jim and an idealistic view of the future, S.T. resolves to raise Dee “proper.” Unfortunately, this plan is immediately met with opposition and numerous challenges. First of all, not all of S.T.’s fellow animals are as pleased with the news that a baby MoFo had survived. Many of their kind had experienced cruelty and death at the hands of humankind, unlike S.T., who is a domesticated crow. And second, there’s Dee herself. As the years go by, the girl can’t seem to help growing up more animal than MoFo, no matter how hard S.T. tries to impress upon her the incredible history and achievements of her species. But who could blame her? She is, after all, being raised in the Alaskan wilds by a cussy crow, a parliament of owls, and a clumsy yet lovable young muskox. When I say Feral Creatures is even better than the first book, I’m not saying that lightly. Hollow Kingdom was a monument to originality and humor, combining the outrageous with the philosophical, and the fact that this sequel was able to carry through and improve upon those trends is nothing short of an amazing feat. This book was gut-bustingly whacky and hilarious, thanks once more to S.T.’s delightfully obscene narrative and larger-than life personality. Everything he knows, he learned from Big Jim. And while we never once get to see Big Jim on the page, his spirit lives on in S.T.’s memories, and from those flashbacks, readers can glean a relationship that goes beyond the simple dynamics of owner and pet. Big Jim’s influence can also be seen in the way S.T. attempts to raise Dee, and here the novel explores the themes of parenthood in addition to the independence-seeking behaviors of children as they grow older—a touchingly heart-warming and sometimes wrenching commentary on when to let go and allow your little fledglings to fly on their own. Despite our protagonist being a crow, his motivations are surprisingly human and familiar. His fierce love and protective instincts for his child, for instance, not to mention his hopes and dreams for the future as well as his powerful, wistful longing for the happy times of the past are all too easy to relate to. At its heart though, the point of the Hollow Kingdom series is to put the focus on the animals, and I was thrilled that Feral Creatures continued a tradition that I loved from the first book, featuring brief interludes from the perspective of creatures from all over the world. Some have had a better time adapting to this drastically changed reality than others, and the presence of these chapters also reminds us that what’s happening is a global phenomenon. Obviously, if you enjoyed the first book, then you will probably love this one as well. If you’re contemplating this series though, there are a few caveats. Humor being so subjective, these books won’t be for everyone, and you really have to be okay with the over-the-top premise and the style of S.T.’s narration, namely his coarseness and a potty mouth that just keeps on overflowing. I wouldn’t say it’s too extreme though, and more often than not it was done in a clever and quippy way that made me admire the author’s way with words instead of turning me off. All I know is, I will never regret the day I decided to take a chance on something a little different and ended up snagging myself a copy of Hollow Kingdom as a result. I was rewarded with mind-blowing creativity, memorable animal characters, and an astoundingly witty yet thoughtful story, and I’m pleased to say that Feral Creatures followed in its predecessor’s footsteps and left even bigger prints besides! What an awesome sequel, and much like her stouthearted corvid protagonist, Kira Jane Buxton is one in a million.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracett

    Another tour de force from S. T. and the author. Good-hearted but short-sighted crow raises the last human, with a little help from Alaskan birdkind. And then the end of the world happens, again. An absolute must read for fans of previous title: Hollow Kingdom, and for fans of crows. Caw!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The nitty-gritty: Kira Jane Buxton does it again in this funny and poignant follow up to Hollow Kingdom, a unique genre mash-up that made me laugh and cry. Kira Jane Buxton is a gift to the writing community, and I’m so grateful to have experienced her wisdom and humor once again. Her sparkling prose brings the story to life, and her love and respect for animals leaps off the page. Just as she did in Hollow Kingdom, Buxton manages to combine humor, emotion, horror and thoughtful moments of beauty The nitty-gritty: Kira Jane Buxton does it again in this funny and poignant follow up to Hollow Kingdom, a unique genre mash-up that made me laugh and cry. Kira Jane Buxton is a gift to the writing community, and I’m so grateful to have experienced her wisdom and humor once again. Her sparkling prose brings the story to life, and her love and respect for animals leaps off the page. Just as she did in Hollow Kingdom, Buxton manages to combine humor, emotion, horror and thoughtful moments of beauty together into one thrilling adventure, told in the unique voice of a crow who was raised by a human. You must read Hollow Kingdom first, as this is a direct sequel and references many of the events and characters from that book. And there will be mild spoilers for the first book, so do beware! Note: “MoFo” is S.T.’s word for “human.” Once again, the story is narrated by the intrepid potty-mouthed, MoFo-loving crow known as Shit Turd, or S.T. for short. The story picks up about a decade or so after the events of Hollow Kingdom, when S.T. left his beloved home of Seattle, Washington for Alaska. The first book ended with S.T. finding a baby MoFo, the last human on earth, and since then he has been protecting and raising his “nestling,” a girl named Dee, along with a group of owls and a musk ox named Oomingmak. S.T. is determined to raise Dee to be a proper MoFo, but Dee has an almost magical connection with the natural world and is able to communicate with bees and birds and even flowers. As the years go by, S.T. is afraid that his fervent teachings about the glorious wonders of the MoFo world have become lost on Dee, as she becomes more and more of a wild child. But in a changed world without humans, overrun by grotesque creatures, their idyllic life can't last forever, and one day their lives implode when an unexpected disaster forces them to flee their safe cabin in the woods. Even more distressing, S.T. has lost touch with the Aura, the communication network he shares with other birds. Back in Seattle, S.T. is terrified at how much his city has changed—his murder is gone, and everywhere are the Changed Ones, hideously malformed creatures who used to be MoFos. The creatures seem to want Dee for some nefarious purpose, and S.T. knows that a crow with a broken wing is going to need a lot of help to keep her safe. I have to admit I loved Hollow Kingdom just a little bit more than Feral Creatures, although I’m still giving this five stars because it deserves it. And I think part of the reason is that Dennis (S.T.'s beloved bloodhound friend) isn’t in this story. Luckily, S.T. does a lot of reminiscing, so we do get a few sweet memories of the times spent with Dennis. And because S.T. has raised Dee on stories about Big Jim and Dennis, it was as if he was keeping Dennis’ memory alive. We also learn more about Big Jim—S.T.’s human owner who turned into a zombie—and his sometimes girlfriend Tiffany S. from Tinder (that’s how S.T. always refers to her). S.T.’s love of his MoFos hasn’t died with them, and he often manages to slip memories of them into the conversation. Once again, animal lovers will really connect with this story, especially if you love animal POV narratives, like Watership Down, for example. And boy does Buxton give us a bunch of animals! There are plenty of new ones (Tom Hanks the cockatoo and Oomingmak the musk ox were two of my favorites!), and we are reunited with some old favorites from Hollow Kingdom as well (like Orange the Orangutan). Just like she did in Hollow Kingdom, Buxton includes short chapters from the points of view of various creatures besides S.T., mostly as a way to show how the apocalypse is affecting the wider world. For example, we hear from a baby humpback whale in Western Australia and a Myrmarachne jumping spider from Borneo. My favorite was Nubbins, a Scottish donkey with a lovely brogue. Other than acting as nice interludes, these short chapters seem to reinforce Buxton’s theme of climate change and how it’s threatening the world, a serious topic that I think works well up against some of the more lighthearted moments. But as far as themes go, this is really a story about parenthood and watching your child grow up and leave the nest (so to speak). For most of the story, S.T. is determined to raise Dee as the MoFo he knows she can be, a human who loves all the human things that S.T. loves. And the more Dee fights S.T., the more wild and animal-like she becomes. As Dee slips further away from him—for example, she refuses to speak MoFo but rather buzzes like the bees or caws like the crows—both S.T. and Dee seem to sink into a depression, what S.T. calls “the Black Tide.” It isn’t until much later in the story, and the wise counsel of some of S.T.’s animal friends, that he realizes how miserable he’s making her. There is a wonderful moment at the end of the book between the two, an emotional connection that both broke my heart and gave me warm fuzzies, and it’s these moments I treasure most from this book. Fans of Hollow Kingdom need not worry: Feral Creatures is a heartwarming and satisfying follow up from one of the most interesting and unique writers I’ve ever read. Highly recommended for MoFos everywhere. Big thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy. Above quote was taken from an uncorrected proof and may differ in the final version of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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 This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. Told through the POV of animals in a post-apocalypse trying to save the last human on Earth, Feral Creatures was an absolute joy to read. Feral Creatures is fantasy, scifi, and horror all rolled into one. It's a rare and beautiful book. The first book in the series Hollow Kingdom was one of my favorite books of 2019, and I have zero doubts Feral Creatures will be in my top books of the year list this year. (I have such a book hangover now!) If you haven't read H I laughed, I cried, I fell in love. Told through the POV of animals in a post-apocalypse trying to save the last human on Earth, Feral Creatures was an absolute joy to read. Feral Creatures is fantasy, scifi, and horror all rolled into one. It's a rare and beautiful book. The first book in the series Hollow Kingdom was one of my favorite books of 2019, and I have zero doubts Feral Creatures will be in my top books of the year list this year. (I have such a book hangover now!) If you haven't read Hollow Kingdom, I highly, highly recommend you pick that one up and continue on with Feral Creatures. This series is such a gift! Review copy provided by publisher

  13. 5 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    “All this shit happened, more or less.” - ST, our fearless crowtagonist. ⬆️ Absolutely loved the nod to my favorite first line (Slaughterhouse-Five). Anyway, quite possibly the most unique narrator to ever exist is back in a post-apocalyptic crusade to save the last mofo. Super creative with many legit laugh-out-loud moments and memorable creatures. Brilliant audio production!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denver Public Library

    I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Feral Creatures, and I am happy to tell you that the fantastically ridiculous story of S.T. the crow and his animal cronies continues! Just in case you haven’t had to pleasure of reading the first book in the series, Hollow Kingdom, here’s a quick synopsis. The world is kinda f*ked due to a virus that is turning humans into zombies, who S.T. refers to as MoFos. Things are not looking too great at the end of Hollow Kingdom, but then S.T. and other non-human su I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Feral Creatures, and I am happy to tell you that the fantastically ridiculous story of S.T. the crow and his animal cronies continues! Just in case you haven’t had to pleasure of reading the first book in the series, Hollow Kingdom, here’s a quick synopsis. The world is kinda f*ked due to a virus that is turning humans into zombies, who S.T. refers to as MoFos. Things are not looking too great at the end of Hollow Kingdom, but then S.T. and other non-human survivors of the zombie apocalypse stumble upon something amazing, something that gives them hope for the planet. Can they not only keep this one hope alive, but also make it thrive? And there is a full-out rumble with The Changed Ones, with some imaginative warfare techniques. Technology and crazy consumerism continue to be an underlying theme in Buxton’s second title in the series—can’t wait to see where we’re going next!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Walker

    I waited two years for this book, the sequel to Hollow Kingdom. When it arrived, I first read it so fast my eyeballs were going 100 mph. The suspense was awful! When I finished, I turned right back to the first page and read it again, slowly, relishing every word. The author is passionate about our beautiful world and all of its creatures. She makes you care so much about the characters it hurts. And there are no zombies in this story; the mutated human monsters are so horrid that they make zomb I waited two years for this book, the sequel to Hollow Kingdom. When it arrived, I first read it so fast my eyeballs were going 100 mph. The suspense was awful! When I finished, I turned right back to the first page and read it again, slowly, relishing every word. The author is passionate about our beautiful world and all of its creatures. She makes you care so much about the characters it hurts. And there are no zombies in this story; the mutated human monsters are so horrid that they make zombies look like cute little puppies. Not many novels make me cry in one chapter and burst out laughing in the next, but Kira Jane Buxton is a word wizard. It looks as if there might be a third book in the series. Fingers crossed. I want more adventures with the valiant crow, S.T.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MJ Beaufrand

    Whoa. What an interesting subject! What fabulous language! I'm still loving Shit Turd ;-) Whoa. What an interesting subject! What fabulous language! I'm still loving Shit Turd ;-)

  17. 5 out of 5

    thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)

    "… we need stories to survive. Stories suture up our wounds, stitch us back together. They keep our loved ones alive." Quick Synopsis: Our beloved hero and Cheeto addict American crow, Shit Turd (S.T) is still trying to navigate through the zombie apocalypse world. He is in for another adventure as he is trying his best to safeguard humanity's last hope for survival. My thoughts: What an excellent sequel to Hollow Kingdom! The story picks up right where Hollow Kingdom left off. But "… we need stories to survive. Stories suture up our wounds, stitch us back together. They keep our loved ones alive." Quick Synopsis: Our beloved hero and Cheeto addict American crow, Shit Turd (S.T) is still trying to navigate through the zombie apocalypse world. He is in for another adventure as he is trying his best to safeguard humanity's last hope for survival. My thoughts: What an excellent sequel to Hollow Kingdom! The story picks up right where Hollow Kingdom left off. But don't worry if you have not read the first book. This book can totally be read as standalone as there was a brief recap of Hollow Kingdom in the beginning of the book! I always appreciate it when books do this! S.T is on a more dangerous journey this time since there are more Changed Ones out there. Along the way, S.T met some new friends too. There are quite a lot of new characters in this story and it was so fun reading about them. I also liked it that the story is told from the view points of different animals too. The writing was clever and engaging, and although there were not a lot of dialogues, I was immersed into the story. I enjoyed it! I loved it when I get to learn new things from a book. So, I just discovered what a hyrax is. Super cute animal! And the nasty, repulsive ingredients used in perfume, especially Chanel No.5! How did I not hear about it before?! Overall, I enjoyed this book thoroughly! I'm hoping that there will be a third book. It is such a unique, entertaining and heartwarming series! Pub. Date: Aug 24th, 2021 ***Thank you Grand Central Publishing and author Kira Jane Buxton for this gifted copy to read and review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved Hollow Kingdom and while I was happy to revisit some great characters, I thought the book had ended perfectly and wasn’t sure where the story would go in Feral Creatures. I did like the overall storyline for this book, but did feel like there was some character regression with S.T. which made it feel like some of the growth from book 1 had to be repeated all over again. The pacing felt slow until the last quarter of the book when things finally be I have some mixed feelings on this book. I loved Hollow Kingdom and while I was happy to revisit some great characters, I thought the book had ended perfectly and wasn’t sure where the story would go in Feral Creatures. I did like the overall storyline for this book, but did feel like there was some character regression with S.T. which made it feel like some of the growth from book 1 had to be repeated all over again. The pacing felt slow until the last quarter of the book when things finally began to happen. The humor was still there and really good - the description of the Wizard of Oz had me laughing out loud. I wish we had seen things from a few different perspectives to break up the book a bit more, or that the very long set up had been trimmed back. I would definitely recommend starting with Hollow Kingdom as there is a brief summary but you definitely will miss out on most references. It’s a solid read that fans of Hollow Kingdom will enjoy. 4/5⭐️ Thank you to Grand Central Pub for gifting me this ARC.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deedi Brown (DeediReads)

    All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: I loved Feral Creatures! It was just as funny and heartwarming and clever as Hollow Kingdom. Kira Jane Buxton is so witty and these books are exactly my kind of humor. For you if: You like books that will make you laugh out loud and then tear up, possibly all in the same paragraph. FULL REVIEW: “The prophet Emily Dickinson once said, ‘Hope is a thing with feathers.’ I was a bird with hope laced through every barbule of every fe All my reviews live at https://deedispeaking.com/reads/. TL;DR REVIEW: I loved Feral Creatures! It was just as funny and heartwarming and clever as Hollow Kingdom. Kira Jane Buxton is so witty and these books are exactly my kind of humor. For you if: You like books that will make you laugh out loud and then tear up, possibly all in the same paragraph. FULL REVIEW: “The prophet Emily Dickinson once said, ‘Hope is a thing with feathers.’ I was a bird with hope laced through every barbule of every feather, but I couldn’t protect the last MoFo on my own.” I’ve been waiting for Feral Creatures since the minute I heard it was going to be published, and my friends, it did not disappoint. Hollow Kingdom was one of the funniest and most surprising books I think I’ve ever read, and Feral Creatures brings all the same greatness to the table. This is a true sequel, so if you haven’t read Hollow Kingdom yet, do that first. The duology is about a sweary, domesticated crow named S.T. (which stands for Shit Turd — his owner was rough around the edges lol) who thinks humans are called MoFos, lmao. In the first book, humans start turning into screen-hunting zombies, and S.T. embarks on a mission with his friend Dennis the dog to save all the domesticated animals. In Feral Creatures, it picks up a short while later, with S.T. in parental mode trying to save his “nestling” from her fate in this new, changed world. These books are magic because Kira Jane Buxton is SO WITTY. They’re full of impeccably timed swear words (without being crass), and I promise you’ll laugh out loud. Then, sometimes even in the same paragraph or sentence, she’ll turn around and squeeze the heck out of your poor little heart. So, if you like laughing and tearing up all at the same time, these books are for you. It’s also really beautiful the way Buxton weaves in her deep knowledge and love for the animal kingdom, with interstitial chapters told from the point of view of animals all over the world — each with their own personality (and, in the audiobook, accent!). Still in love with the dog from the first book who spoke about herself in the third poodle. I would take a bullet for S.T. the crow. Read these books. Kthanksbye. CONTENT WARNINGS: Lots of profanity; Body horror/zombies; Animal death; Rape/assault (alluded to)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Authentikate

    With a repeat of the humor and keen observations of the animal kingdom, Feral Creatures continues the story of ST and his human foundling at the end of human civilization. Deeply moving, touching, this is first and foremost a love letter to the natural world (of which humans are apart despite the novel making a point to remove them as such). Because this novel is so clever, it does tend to get wordy while simultaneously being poetic. What I mean by that is sometimes the descriptions are so spot With a repeat of the humor and keen observations of the animal kingdom, Feral Creatures continues the story of ST and his human foundling at the end of human civilization. Deeply moving, touching, this is first and foremost a love letter to the natural world (of which humans are apart despite the novel making a point to remove them as such). Because this novel is so clever, it does tend to get wordy while simultaneously being poetic. What I mean by that is sometimes the descriptions are so spot on, so profound, they read like sublime poetry. Sometimes, in the same sentence, my brain would “hitch” at the wordiness and I would need to slow down and reread passages. It’s both a gift and a curse and a reading workout. I’ve seen some describe the author’s writing as “self-impressed” and damn! She should be! She is a wordsmith to be sure! But sometimes she can let this cleverness “bog down” the story for the sake of an artful sentence. No matter really. If you enjoyed the first you will love this. If the first struck you as obnoxious in its word play, skip it. The same techniques are employed here. For this reader, I find the writing both extra special and just plain “extra” at times too. I recommend this novel to fans of the natural world, those who enjoy being challenged while they read, and to those who enjoy a quirky dystopian.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Devon Pierangeli

    Feral creatures are not for everyone, but they are definitely for me. This is the long awaited sequel to her first book Hollow Kingdom. The crowtagonist S.T. (Shit Turd) is back again. He is quite the hero, but a flawed hero. He is a proud Dad who needs to learn the joys and pains of parenthood. All the while defending his “cub” from zombie hybrids. I knew that this author was for me when S.T. admitted that he was powerless over the Cheeto and when Jon Bon Jovi was hailed as a poet. The humor, th Feral creatures are not for everyone, but they are definitely for me. This is the long awaited sequel to her first book Hollow Kingdom. The crowtagonist S.T. (Shit Turd) is back again. He is quite the hero, but a flawed hero. He is a proud Dad who needs to learn the joys and pains of parenthood. All the while defending his “cub” from zombie hybrids. I knew that this author was for me when S.T. admitted that he was powerless over the Cheeto and when Jon Bon Jovi was hailed as a poet. The humor, the sarcasm, the f-words, the love story to animals and the earth; what a beautiful combination. I smiled after finishing it, basking in the glow of a future filled with hope and Bon Jovi lyrics. Carpe Cheeto…..Brilliant!

  22. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    This sequel to Hollow Kingdom did not disappoint! S.T. and the crew are all back again plus loads more memorable and quirky animal characters. S.T. also has what they believe to be the last "MoFo" - a human baby who he takes under his wing (literally), raising "D" and trying to protect her from a world ravaged by an apocalyptic viral pandemic. Unfortunately the outside world comes calling and S.T. and D are forced to fight against new foes, both animal and MoFo alike. Full of S.T.'s trademark wit This sequel to Hollow Kingdom did not disappoint! S.T. and the crew are all back again plus loads more memorable and quirky animal characters. S.T. also has what they believe to be the last "MoFo" - a human baby who he takes under his wing (literally), raising "D" and trying to protect her from a world ravaged by an apocalyptic viral pandemic. Unfortunately the outside world comes calling and S.T. and D are forced to fight against new foes, both animal and MoFo alike. Full of S.T.'s trademark wit, humor and heart, I was rooting for him and his friends in this scary world brought about by the reckless actions of humankind. These books are great on audio, narrated by Robert Petkoff and I can't recommend them enough. S.T. is easily one of my new favorite literary characters!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bottoms

    A worthy follow up to Hollow Kingdom. Clever, hysterically funny, and bursting with Buxton's gorgeous and amusing descriptions about animals and the natural world. ST, the irrepressible talking crow from novel one, catches us up after the almost complete destruction of the human race. He has become (along with some owls and an eagle) the main protector of the last human on earth. Robert Petkoff does the narration for the audiobook and it is MAGNIFICENT. A worthy follow up to Hollow Kingdom. Clever, hysterically funny, and bursting with Buxton's gorgeous and amusing descriptions about animals and the natural world. ST, the irrepressible talking crow from novel one, catches us up after the almost complete destruction of the human race. He has become (along with some owls and an eagle) the main protector of the last human on earth. Robert Petkoff does the narration for the audiobook and it is MAGNIFICENT.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    “Feral Creatures” (Hollow Kingdom #2) by Kira Jane Buxton. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Dystopian Fantasy. Location: All over the world with an emphasis on the Seattle, Washington, USA area. Time: Near future. Note: You must read “Hollow Kingdom” first to understand the true magnificence of this novel!- - S.T. Is a Cheeto-addicted, humanity-loving, spectacularly handsome and foul-mouthed crow. He is also known as “The One Who Keeps” because he found and protects something so awesome and beautiful that the wo “Feral Creatures” (Hollow Kingdom #2) by Kira Jane Buxton. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Dystopian Fantasy. Location: All over the world with an emphasis on the Seattle, Washington, USA area. Time: Near future. Note: You must read “Hollow Kingdom” first to understand the true magnificence of this novel!- - S.T. Is a Cheeto-addicted, humanity-loving, spectacularly handsome and foul-mouthed crow. He is also known as “The One Who Keeps” because he found and protects something so awesome and beautiful that the world can’t handle it. The problem is-the world is rapidly discovering what ST keeps, and it’s coming for him.- - In book 1, the world was overrun by the flesh-eating Changed Ones, thanks to an apocalyptic event triggered by electronic devices. Book 1 explores ST’s incredible journey across Seattle to save all living things from this menace. Book 2, “Feral Creatures”, continues the saga, taking S.T. on a truly epic adventure across North America, ending up back in his hometown of Seattle.- - You’ll catch up with old friends such as Migisi the Bald Eagle, the Penguins, and the ever irascible Ghengis Cat. You’ll meet new friends such as Oomingmak the Musk Ox, a pod of majestic Killer Whales, and the Jurassic-like and ferocious Budiwati the Cassowary.- - The adventures of this group of heros are funny, scary, and poignant. Interspersed throughout the book are mini chapters featuring other animals across the world. Their comments on survival In a post-apocalyptic world are lyrical, beautiful, and thought-provoking.- - READ THIS BOOK! Read this book twice! If you ever lived or hung out in Seattle, read this book a third time! Read this book! It’s a blazing 5 stars from me! 🌵📚👩🏼‍🦳 I read this book thanks to NetGalley. Grand Central Publishing’s publication date is August 23, 2021.”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Williams

    5 of 5 stars https://lynns-books.com/2021/08/30/fe... Wow – mind blown. With dubious feelings I picked up Hollow Kingdom just shy of a year ago and managed to completely fall in love with a strange crow known as ST. Such a unique concept, an apocalyptic world, destroyed by humans, or mofos as we are known in the Hollow Kingdom, and a story told by animals as they try to survive. A world where nature is slowly reclaiming her lost territory, until further changes and abominations begin to slowly sur 5 of 5 stars https://lynns-books.com/2021/08/30/fe... Wow – mind blown. With dubious feelings I picked up Hollow Kingdom just shy of a year ago and managed to completely fall in love with a strange crow known as ST. Such a unique concept, an apocalyptic world, destroyed by humans, or mofos as we are known in the Hollow Kingdom, and a story told by animals as they try to survive. A world where nature is slowly reclaiming her lost territory, until further changes and abominations begin to slowly surface. I really enjoyed this strange mix of refreshingly original, darkly funny and sometimes slightly horror soaked storytelling and I highly recommend it. Again, with a dubious heart, I picked up Feral Creatures. Dubious simply because, well, firstly, I wasn’t expecting a second book so it was a surprise – a very welcome one of course – but then, let’s be honest, sometimes second books suffer the dreaded Middle Book Syndrome and I had such good memories of the first in series – anyway, hold the phone because this book was even more of all the goodness that made Hollow Kingdom such an excellent read. More animals, more emotion, more fantastic writing. I loved it. Now, I know you’re all super excited and want to pick this one up right now, but, listen to my wise words – if you haven’t already read the first then pick that up before reading this- also spoilers may be present for book one so be warned, if you haven’t yet started the series, stop reading now. Feral Creatures starts almost immediately where Hollow Kingdom left off. ST is looking after a young human nestling, a baby if you will, known as Dee. Between ST and the owls they take care of this fragile little human who seems to attract wildlife and nature with apparent ease. In certain respects you could call this a coming of age tale, also a tale of a parent letting go of their beloved child. This is a dangerous world and ST doesn’t want to let go, he wants to run and hide with his beloved mofo. Dee has other ideas. She thinks she’s part crow, part owl, part bee, well, basically she’s a carefree and wild young woman simply trying to win the approval of her strange family. At the same time as all this ‘coming of age’ tale is taking place the world is changing, humans are changing, and the nature of the wild is in danger. Dee could be the key to maintaining balance but ST, having already lost two beloved family members, is more intent on keeping her hidden and out of harm’s way. At the end of the day ST is about to come to terms with the lesson that most parents eventually learn – your children grow up, they want to become adults, they want you to be proud but they want to make their own choices. In one word I can tell you what I loved about this: everything. The story itself is again intriguing. The author manages to bring to you a story of family and the difficulty of letting go of your fledglings. Dee is a fantastic character but she’s supported by a wonderful cast of animals and birds that simply makes the goosebumps stand up on your arms. Imagine being beloved of such a range of critters. It gives me happy feelings. Then Dee. Desperate for acceptance, longing for approval, making bold strides forward when ST simply wants to hide her under a rock. I just loved this dynamic. How on earth can we have a post apocalyptic world of, quite possibly the strangest make up I’ve ever read, and yet have a completely domestic, family feel between such a discordant bunch of characters. It’s absolutely mind blowing and I loved it. Now, add to this the writing. Oh my giddy aunt. The writing is beautiful. It’s funny There are references aplenty. But, more than that, the writing is simply bewitching. Like, every little bit of what is on the page feels ‘animalistic’ or ‘birdlike’ or from the realm of insects. It’s simply wonderful. I feel completely in awe of the writing because every element feels as though it was chosen to help you delve into the wonder of nature. The animals and their movements are described with a charming simplicity but on top of that all the descriptions have a natural feel to them that brings another element to the story. Also, wow, so clever. Don’t be thinking to rush through this because although it is actually a quick read – you need to pay attention or else you will miss so many of the little plays that are going on and they’re just delightful. My emotions ran riot. I did actually cry whilst reading this and that is not something that I do lightly or actually admit to very often. It was the emotional impact of what was going on. I just couldn’t help myself. There’s a beauty to this, a simplicity and at the same time it just resonates. How that can actually be possible? I don’t know. Basically the author has tapped into something here about all creatures and the roles they play. It’s touching, it’s familiar and it’s insightful. And of course there are still the horror elements. This is a world altered beyond recognition. The beauty of this story is that we don’t really follow or reflect on the human struggle as such and that’s what makes this so gloriously original. Look, I’m going to stop here. I think I’ve quite possibly gushed enough. Frankly I think this will be one of my top reads of the year. It certainly surpassed the first and if there is a further instalment, which I suspect might very well be a possibility (please make it happen), well, consider me here for that. In fact just give me the book, now. Pretty please. I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks. The above is my own opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Picking up at the end of Hollow Kingdom, our intrepid protagonist, S.T. finds himself in a new role: protector, champion, parent perhaps? S.T., the fowl-mouthed crow, battles new foes and makes new friends all to save the life of humanity’s last treasure. This is no small feat amid the zombie apocalypse where the rules shift and the animals have the advantage, or do they? Heartfelt, humorous and thought provoking, Feral Creatures takes us on a great adventure with rich characters all while we re Picking up at the end of Hollow Kingdom, our intrepid protagonist, S.T. finds himself in a new role: protector, champion, parent perhaps? S.T., the fowl-mouthed crow, battles new foes and makes new friends all to save the life of humanity’s last treasure. This is no small feat amid the zombie apocalypse where the rules shift and the animals have the advantage, or do they? Heartfelt, humorous and thought provoking, Feral Creatures takes us on a great adventure with rich characters all while we re-examine our role and responsibly to the animal kingdom and the very Earth itself.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Keeping my review on the shorter side -- I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom, which introduced us to ST and his post-apocalyptic world of rotting humans, domestic animals waiting to be freed, and tigers wandering the streets of Seattle. In this follow up, ST is once again our narrator, with chapters narrated by whales, spiders, and cats thrown into the mix. The story picks up with ST now in Alaska, having found the last remaining MoFo (human) — a small baby girl with no one to raise her but ST and Keeping my review on the shorter side -- I absolutely loved Hollow Kingdom, which introduced us to ST and his post-apocalyptic world of rotting humans, domestic animals waiting to be freed, and tigers wandering the streets of Seattle. In this follow up, ST is once again our narrator, with chapters narrated by whales, spiders, and cats thrown into the mix. The story picks up with ST now in Alaska, having found the last remaining MoFo (human) — a small baby girl with no one to raise her but ST and his friends. ST is determined to protect Dee no matter what, hiding her away from the world and keeping her safe — but by isolating her, is he depriving her of the ability to discover her own true nature? Through the raucous escapades of ST and allies, the action moves from Alaskan wilderness to the Bering Sea and back to Seattle, with deeply funny and illuminating encounters with orcas and owls and polar bears along the way. But all is not well in the wild kingdom. Trees are dying, and the MoFos seem to have evolved from shambling zombies into Changed Ones — animal/human hybrids who are freakin’ scary and weird AF. ST’s narration is fabulous as always, a mix of vulgarity, impressive vocabulary, insightful introspection, and crazy digressions. The writing in Feral Creatures veers between emotional impact and laugh-inducing craziness from moment to moment. I enjoyed a lot about this book… and yet at times, I just couldn’t wait to be done. Maybe because this is a sequel, there’s less room for surprise and delight based on the premise, and the story’s action starts to feel drawn-out and repetitive at times. Even while loving the writing, I did have to continually pull myself back from the brink of boredom when chapters went on too long, and even found myself considering DNFing at times. I’m glad I stuck with it, though. Even when I grew tired of parts of the story, something amazing (like the arrival of a heard of musk oxen) would pull me back in. Definitely read Hollow Kingdom first — but if you loved that book, then you’ll want to read Feral Creatures too. My impatience with the book may have more to do with my own reading mood than with the book itself, so take a look and see what you think! Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. Full review at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mallory (onmalsshelf) Bartel

    Thank you NetGalley, Kira Jane Buxton, and Grand Central Publishing for a galley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't think I could fall in love with S.T and his friends anymore than I did in Hollow Kingdom, but here I am, loving this book even more than I loved Book 1. If you enjoyed Hollow Kingdom, I highly recommend picking up Feral Creatures ASAP. I dare you not to be put under the spell of S.T and his beloved 'last MoFo' nestling as they journey from Alaska back to Washington to find Thank you NetGalley, Kira Jane Buxton, and Grand Central Publishing for a galley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't think I could fall in love with S.T and his friends anymore than I did in Hollow Kingdom, but here I am, loving this book even more than I loved Book 1. If you enjoyed Hollow Kingdom, I highly recommend picking up Feral Creatures ASAP. I dare you not to be put under the spell of S.T and his beloved 'last MoFo' nestling as they journey from Alaska back to Washington to find S.T's murder with the help of creatures that you wouldn't expect while they also battle the changed ones. Kira once again knocked it out of the park with this clever interpretation of what happens to the animal kingdom when humans are basically erased due to a pandemic illness spread by technology screens. With some reprises of many characters from Hollow Kingdom, I couldn't stop myself from shouting out the names of various characters I loved - I won't spoil who you'll meet again in this one. You'll have to see for yourself. Feral Creatures will have you wondering, what does it mean to be a crow?

  29. 4 out of 5

    TheSuspenseIsThrillingMe

    Feral Creatures is the follow up novel to Hollow Kingdom. If you haven't read this series yet, do it, immediately! I would describe this series as Jay Kristoff writes The Jungle Book WITH ZOMBIES! Honestly, who doesn't want to read that?! So, Buxton has a very unique, humorous and profanity filled way of writing and I'm SO here for it! In her signature voice we continue the story of Shit Turd or S.T., a crow who is well versed in "mofo" also known as human. S.T. is hell bent on keeping his nestli Feral Creatures is the follow up novel to Hollow Kingdom. If you haven't read this series yet, do it, immediately! I would describe this series as Jay Kristoff writes The Jungle Book WITH ZOMBIES! Honestly, who doesn't want to read that?! So, Buxton has a very unique, humorous and profanity filled way of writing and I'm SO here for it! In her signature voice we continue the story of Shit Turd or S.T., a crow who is well versed in "mofo" also known as human. S.T. is hell bent on keeping his nestling safe and making the world liveable and safe for all the creatures in the process. This story, as with the last, it filled with wonderful life lessons and the true meaning of humanity. Every creature has a gift, a place and brings meaning to the world as they come together to protect each other and try to save the world from the single minded zombies that have ravaged the world. Remind you of anything? There is so much more I want to say about this story and it's creature characters, but I really think it's best not to spoil anything as I know you're going to want to enjoy this one for yourselves! I'll leave off by saying that I will literally read anything Buxton comes out with, an auto buy author for sure. Now GO, READ THESE BOOKS, you won't regret it. And if you're into audiobooks, I HIGHLY suggest them. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Dunn

    “𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰. 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱, 𝗯𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗸𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗶𝗱𝗼𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱. 𝗗𝗲𝗲 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀, 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵. 𝗗𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹.”⁣ ⁣ Kira Jane Buxton’s 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘮 was my favorite book of 2019. 𝘍𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 is her superb follow up that takes the wholly original post “𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘄𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰. 𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱, 𝗯𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗸𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗶𝗱𝗼𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱. 𝗗𝗲𝗲 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀, 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗿𝗮𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗿. 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵. 𝗗𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹.”⁣ ⁣ Kira Jane Buxton’s 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘮 was my favorite book of 2019. 𝘍𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 is her superb follow up that takes the wholly original post-apocalyptic world of the first book and doubles down on the magic and hope and wish for a sublime balance between animals and humanity in the natural world. The prose is no less beautiful, the humor is no less snarky, the poignancy is no less heart-piercing, the thrills are no less propulsive. ⁣ ⁣ This is a love story of found family between a foul mouthed Crow, the last human on Earth, a musk ox, a blizzard of Snowy Owls, a Bald Eagle, bees, and other feathered and furry friends. This story ultimately asks the age old question, can love conquer all? Read it and find out.

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