My Review Of Hollow Earth by Carole E. Barrowman and John Barrowman @Team_Barrowman
Hollow Earth is a young adult fantasy novel written by one of my favorite actors, John Barrowman, and his sister, Carole E. Barrowman, an English professor at Alverno College and writer. This may have led me to purchase the book, however, the intriguing story and good writing got me through it. I don’t usually go for the young adult books, or one where a child is the main character, but the authors painted (no pun intended) a compelling adventure, interwoven with Scottish heritage (where they were both born before moving to the United States), and sprinkled with danger and mystery that I found myself enjoying the fantasy.
The story follows the adventures of twins, Matt and Em Calder, and their coming to the realization of the extraordinary powers they have and the people who either want to harm them, imprison them, or help them. Matt and Em flee with their mother to an island off the coast of Scotland where their grandfather lives. Here they must grow up faster than their years as the dark forces hunting them break through their mother and grandfather’s protection. Their mother disappears and they must fight back. Who can they trust?
The story moves along and is well-written from the perspective of child protagonists. The story ends on a cliffhanger so you know it goes on into book two. It’s not a standalone. If you like fantasy and young adult stories, this one is for you.