Feral Creatures

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Grand Central Publishing (US)

In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, the animal kingdom's "favorite apocalyptic hero" is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic (Helen Macdonald).

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. . . .

When the world last checked-in with its favorite Cheeto addict, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started re-claiming her territory from humankind. S.T., the intrepid crow, alongside his bloodhound-bestie Dennis, had set about saving pets that had become trapped in their homes after humanity went the way of the dodo.

That is, dear reader, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare—and so precious—that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity's last hope for survival. But in a wild world plagued by prejudiced animals, feather-raising environments, new threats so terrifying they make zombies look like baby bunnies, and a horrendous dearth of cheesy snacks, what's a crow to do?

Why, wing it on another big-hearted, death-defying adventure, that's what! Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.

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“The sequel to Hollow Kingdom does not disappoint--ST, our crow protagonist, is on a quest to save the only specimen of the human race left alive in a post-plague world. Exuberant, raunchy & thought-provoking--a must-read!”

- Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza (Albany, NY)

“Read Feral Creatures. It’s fun!”

- Folio Books (San Francisco)


“Shit Turd, you beautiful bastard. Buxton already captured what I could have only hoped a crow would be if given the mic when we first met our fair narrator, and now we get the joy of a sequel. This is a strange world I could live in forever."

- Green Apple Books On the Park (San Francisco, CA)


“Feral Creatures--a stupendous sophomore novel for Buxton, and sentimental sequel to my
favorite adventure story of 2019-- cannot be missed! It's a colorful education in climate change, ecology, and zoology; a tender acknowledgement of the unavoidable "dark tides" we all sink into--especially during disastrous times; a genuine display of the hopeful, hilarious, and often fearful process of building a family; a true odyssey. Oh, and there are *chilling* new animal/human/zombie hybrids to war against a wild child, your favorite profane crow, and their quirky cast of comrades...so again I say

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!!”

- Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park, WA)

“S.T. is back! Can't wait to put this book in readers hands.”

- Page 158 Books (Wake Forest, NC)

“I highly recommend this unique and darkly amusing dystopian sequel!”

- Leigh's Favorite Books (Sunnyvale, CA)


“Kira Jane delivers an exciting (and still funny) follow-up to HOLLOW KINGDOM. I highly-highly-highly recommend this terrific sequel.”

- Books & Greetings (Northvale, NJ)


“Kira Jane Buxton has, once again, written a witty, sardonic and wholly entertaining novel.
Looking at the world through the eyes of a crow is what we all need right now.”

- Anderson’s (Larchmont, NY)

“Sometimes the best parents don't have opposable thumbs. I love ST!”

- King's English Bookshop (Salt Lake City, UT)


“Feral Creatures is dark, hilarious and apocalyptic. It has all the same heart and tenderness, bizarre humor and hilarity as Hollow Kingdom and is a follow-up not to be missed!”

- Changing Hands (Tempe, AZ)


“Oh how I missed ST and his unique way of explaining MoFos! Another great installment leaving me curious about this wild and terrifying world he finds himself in.”

- Quail Ridge Books (Raleigh, NC)


“Our times cry out for a handsome hero like S.T., the hilariously foul-mouthed and ferociously stalwart leading crow in Feral Creatures. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Kira Jane Buxton's apocalyptic animal adventure will make you laugh out loud and weep in the same sitting.”

- Viewpoint Books, (Columbus, IN)


“Smartest, funniest, and most original book I've read since Hollow Kingdom. Will make you snarf your Cheetos and Pabst Blue Ribbon-- Kira Jane Buxton did not hold back in this brilliant sequel.”

- Book Ends (Winchester, MA)


“Feral Creatures is a sardonic and satisfying sequel that bridges the gap between dystopian sci-fi and the looming shadow of potential environmental crises."

– Secret Garden Books (Seattle, WA)


“S.T. is back and as human as ever – as human as a crow can be, that is. In Feral Creatures he faces something more daunting than an apocalypse, more terrifying than mutated super humans, and more distressing than dropping your last Cheeto in a mud puddle: Parenthood. I love this book and can't wait to recommend it to fans of Hollow Kingdom and anyone else with exceptionally good taste in books!”

- The Bookstore at Fitger’s (Duluth, MN)


“Feral Creatures proves that Kira Jane Buxton is the reigning queen of post-apocalyptic novels and that sophomore novels can absolutely be as good as the first book. Don't miss a wonderful book about a viral pandemic that will leave you filled with hope and laughter.”

- Noe Valley Bookstore dba Folio Books (San Francisco, CA)


“Kira's writing is seriously beyond words. It's got so many layers while being roll on the floor funny or heart crushingly sad. I don't know how she does it! An endlessly entertaining and thought provoking novel. Nailed it, once again.”

- Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD)


“Another tour de force about S. T. (a chatty crow) from Kira Jane Buxton. An absolute must read for fans of previous title: Hollow Kingdom, and for all fans of crows. Caw!”

- Powell’s Books (Portland, OR)


“From the rich imagination of Kira Jane Buxton springs a fitting sequel to Hollow Kingdom. Funny, insightful and action-packed, the story may ultimately encourage readers to pay little more attention to the fauna and flora around us and a little less to our screens.”

- Wordsworth Books (Little Rock, AR)


“I started Feral Creatures over the weekend and am already halfway done reading it! I knew that I loved Hollow Kingdom, but I never knew just how much I longed to be back in this world, with steadfast, MoFo loving S.T. and his irreverent narration. Kira Jane Buxton's writing is as poignant as ever and I found myself laughing almost as many times as I was crying! Full of heart, humor, and a whole lot of curse words, Feral Creatures has already topped my list for best books of 2021.”

- Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA)


“I did indeed read Feral Creatures, and it was great to have S.T. back at it! Funny as ever and this time fiercely defending his new beloved MoFo, Dee. What Kira Jane Buxton does best is meld apocalyptic end-times with supernatural animal kingdom antics and epic cross-species coalition standoffs. The end of the world for humans has never seemed so fun! No one sees the world like she does. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

- Pages: A Bookstore (Manhattan Beach, CA)


“Kira Jane Buxton has once again successfully crossed the interspecies barrier in recounting hero Shit Turd (S.T.) the crow's second epic tale of survival in Feral Creatures. What I particularly loved about this sequel is that, like any parent, S.T. learns that we cannot impose our own hopes and expectations on our children. We can only stand back and marvel at who they become.”

- Aunt Pat's DBA Raven Book Store (Lawrence, KS)


“This is a worthy sequel to Hollow Kingdom, which was one of my favorite books from last year. The author's voice is inventive, original, charming and biting at the same time. Her use of language and quirky dark humor reminds me a bit of Christopher Moore. I'm usually not a huge fan of series, but I'm hoping for Hollow Kingdom #3.”

- Copper Dog Books (Beverly, MA)


“Heartfelt, humorous and thought provoking, Feral Creatures takes us on a great adventure with rich characters all while we re-examine our role and responsibly to the animal kingdom and the very Earth itself.”

- Byrd’s Books (Bethel, CT)


“Oh my heart is happy. S.T., the talking and now memoir writing crow is back. Fans of Hollow Kingdom can rejoice in a worthy sequel with S.T. causing mayhem and learning what the power of family, especially chosen family can heal. Let the S.T. adventures continue to bring laughter and tears and hope.”

- Main Street Books (Davidson, NC)


“A delightful and surprisingly realistic depiction of parenting, plus a zombie apocalypse.
Crow/parent S.T. and his menagerie return in this endearing and adventure-packed follow-up to Hollow Kingdom.”

- Copper Dog Books (Beverly, MA)


“I absolutely love Buxton's world. I love S.T....his sarcasm, his heart, his salty tongue. This is EVERYTHING I wanted in a sequel. One thing is undeniable: I’m hopelessly in love with Buxton’s writing. It crackles and sparks off the page. She could transcribe a software manual and I’d belly-up to the bar for another round.”

- The Well-Read Moose (Coeur d'Alene, ID)


“Smartest, funniest, and most original book I've read since Hollow Kingdom. Will make you snarf your Cheetos and Pabst Blue Ribbon-- Kira Jane Buxton did not hold back in this brilliant sequel.”

- Book Ends (Winchester, MA)


“Aw, I missed that little bastard S.T.! He's absolutely my favorite profane corvid in all of fucking literature."

- Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books (Mendocino, CA)


“A beautiful follow-up to Hollow Kingdom with a touching new twist! A cinematic, touching, and hilarious book perfect for animal lovers and cheeky misfits alike!”

- Newtownville Books (Newton, MA)

“As a huge fan of Kira Buxton's Hollow Kingdom from the time I read it in galley, I have been eagerly awaiting Feral Creatures, her follow-up, and it does not disappoint! Just as she did in her previous novel, Kira Buxton combines deeply moving and sharp observations of the natural world and all its creatures with laugh-out-loud insights into the human condition as this intrepid corvid goes on another grand adventure. S.T. is a wonderful guide through this tangled, vibrant world and like Buxton's last, this novel is suffused with a bright joy -- an exultation of life in all its forms. Wonderful!”

- DIESEL, A Bookstore (Santa Monica, CA)


“It is such a delight to hang out with S.T again! Great events and new friends await our intrepid feathered hero as he battles both the Changed MoFo's and learns lessons about parenting, the nature of all animals and most of all family.”

- Boulder Bookstore (Boulder, CO)


“I cannot contain the excitement and passion that pours out of me when talking about Hollow Kingdom, and now Feral Creatures. I have pushed it on all of my friends and have received only positive feedback. This book is superb- a second read proves it may be my favorite book ever. And the follow up, Feral Creatures, is simply perfect as well. Spectacularly written, funny, devastating, brutal, and unforgettable. I am absolutely obsessed with Kira Jane Buxton's books. S.T. is my very favorite and I will love him forever."

- Books & Company (Oconomowoc, WI)