Book Reviews of The Hollow People (The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus, Book 1)

The Hollow People (The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus, Book 1)
The Hollow People - The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus, Book 1
Author: Brian Keaney
ISBN-13: 9780375843327
ISBN-10: 0375843329
Publication Date: 9/25/2007
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
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Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

The first installment in THE PROMISES OF DR. SIGMUNDUS trilogy, THE HOLLOW PEOPLE introduces readers to a kitchen boy and lowly servant. Dante is the least important of all the people on Tarnager, the fortress-like island where he was raised. Since his mom, a dangerously insane criminal, committed suicide when he was a baby, Dante has had no one to care for, and no one who cares for him. That is, until he crosses paths with Beatrice.

The daughter of two doctors on the island, Bea has never been allowed to question the teachings of Dr. Sigmundus, their reclusive leader. Like all young people on the island, she is expected to prepare for her coming-of-age ceremony, where she'll take Ichor for the first time and join the adults in their peaceful, dream-free lives. The problem is, Bea does have questions. Some people, like Dante, still have dreams even after they've taken Ichor. Are those people really insane, as everyone tells her? Bea wants to know why she dreams of a ruined city, and how Dante recognizes the city in her drawing.

Encounters with a notoriously dangerous new asylum patient land Dante and Bea in hot water with the island director. It isn't long before they're launched together on a new journey, where their many questions will no longer be ignored. But, are they ready for the answers?

The characters and storyline have remained with me weeks after reading THE HOLLOW PEOPLE. I enjoyed it enough to seek out the title of the second book in the series, THE GALLOWGLASS, and I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.
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Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.com

The first installment in THE PROMISES OF DR. SIGMUNDUS trilogy, THE HOLLOW PEOPLE introduces readers to a kitchen boy and lowly servant. Dante is the least important of all the people on Tarnager, the fortress-like island where he was raised. Since his mom, a dangerously insane criminal, committed suicide when he was a baby, Dante has had no one to care for, and no one who cares for him. That is, until he crosses paths with Beatrice.

The daughter of two doctors on the island, Bea has never been allowed to question the teachings of Dr. Sigmundus, their reclusive leader. Like all young people on the island, she is expected to prepare for her coming-of-age ceremony, where she'll take Ichor for the first time and join the adults in their peaceful, dream-free lives. The problem is, Bea does have questions. Some people, like Dante, still have dreams even after they've taken Ichor. Are those people really insane, as everyone tells her? Bea wants to know why she dreams of a ruined city, and how Dante recognizes the city in her drawing.

Encounters with a notoriously dangerous new asylum patient land Dante and Bea in hot water with the island director. It isn't long before they're launched together on a new journey, where their many questions will no longer be ignored. But, are they ready for the answers?

The characters and storyline have remained with me weeks after reading THE HOLLOW PEOPLE. I enjoyed it enough to seek out the title of the second book in the series, THE GALLOWGLASS, and I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.