The Hollow People

The Hollow People

Book - 2007
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On an island that houses the asylum where law-breakers are imprisoned, two teenagers rebel against a rigidly controlled society where dreams are considered antisocial and all citizens over the age of fourteen take a drug to control their behavior.
ISBN: 9780375843327
Characteristics: 224 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ceccoli, Nicoletta


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Oct 29, 2014

In The Hollow People, the first instalment of The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus, it follows the story of Dante, a lowly kitchen boy. Brian Keany, the author, reveals that he was influenced by Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy.” The similarity from the epic poem to the novel is the characters Dante and Beatrice, Dante’s ideal woman. In the novel, on one faithful day, Dante meets Beatrice Argenti. She has a secret. She can dream. But her days are numbered as her coming-of-age ceremony slowly approaches. Dante admits that he also has a secret. He has been given Ichor, yet it has no affect on him. He dreams too.

One day, a prisoner brought to the island makes the people of Tarnagnar nervous and fearful. The prisoner’s name is Ezekiel. He tells Dante that everything he knows is a lie. With the help of Dante’s new friend Bea, they set out to find out answers about Dante’s mother, the Ruin City (the place Bea has repeatedly dreamed about), and most of all, Dr. Sigmundus.

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