Review: Rarity From the Hollow

Published: March 16, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Author

About the Book

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.

Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

My Thoughts

Rarity From the Hollow by Robert Eggleton was an interesting yet sometimes hard to stomach story. I thought he did an excellent job of character development. Beginning with the eleven-year-old protagonist of the story, Lacy Dawn and her android protector, adviser, and boyfriend, DotCom, all the way to the inner thoughts of the family dog, Brownie, the characters are all given a story and very unique personality of their own. As the story begins, Lacy Dawn and her mother, Jenny live in constant fear of Dewayne (Lacy Dawn’s father). He suffers from PTSD arising from his time in the Gulf War and is physically, mentally, and sexually (with Jenny) abusive. DotCom says he can “fix” her parents through the same “plug-in” at the base of their skulls that he uses to teach Lacy Dawn. This “plug-in” sort of reprograms their brains so that Dewayne isn’t abusive and is able to work and Jenny regains some of her confidence and the willpower to stand up for herself. He does this for Lacy Dawn after she agrees to fulfill her destiny and save the universe. 

This book does address many problems that face the less fortunate peoples of “the hollow” such as drug and alcohol addiction, child abuse and molestation, domestic violence, and rape. The characters speak openly about these issues, including pre-teen Lacy Dawn quite often talking about showing DotCom her panties and DotCom, an android that “matures” to the point that he grows a penis and the references to erections that he has. Therefore the author is correct in saying a children’s story for adults.

This is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but the story has some very strong writing and wonderful characters. There is a good bit of humor along with a sci-fi take that I’ve not really encountered before. I don’t want to say too much about the story for fear of giving away some key surprises. If you are open to something new and intriguing, Rarity From the Hollow is for you.

*Update 2/14/17. The author listened to many reviewers' feedback and has since made changes to this story. The book was re-released in December 2016. It's available for purchase at Amazon. Proceeds support the prevention of child abuse.