The Hollow People
By Brian Keaney
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375843327, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 25, 2007
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ON THE SINISTER ISLAND where strict obedience to the laws of the mysterious Dr. Sigmundus holds sway, dreaming will get you locked up and branded a lunatic, a danger to society and to all who know you. In this doomed and repressive place, two teens that were never meant to meet or share their dreams, cross paths and set in motion that which rips them from the lives they were meant to lead. Together they join forces with a ragtag group of rebel forces bent on breaking the grip of lies and illusions their countrymen have accepted without question.
For fans of thoughtful science fiction and fantasy, The Hollow People opens a window on the unseen worlds that surround us. It is the first installment in The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus. Book II will continue the tale in fall 2008.
Brian Keaney's book Jacob's Ladder earned the admiration of His Dark Materials' Philip Pullman. He lives in London, England.
"This is a remarkable piece of writing, broodingly atmospheric and sympathetic toward its teenaged protagonists." - The Times (London)