Hollow Fires


By Samira Ahmed

Read by Samira Ahmed

Read by Soneela Nankani

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This powerful, gripping thriller from a New York Times bestselling author shows the insidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths—and the undeniable power of hope.
Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal biases affect the story. But all that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy.

Jawad Ali was fourteen years old when he built a cosplay jetpack that a teacher mistook for a bomb. A jetpack that got him arrested, labeled a terrorist—and eventually killed. But he’s more than a dead body, and more than “Bomb Boy.” He was a person with a life worth remembering.

Driven by Jawad’s haunting voice guiding her throughout her investigation, Safiya seeks to tell the whole truth about the murdered boy and those who killed him because of their hate-based beliefs.
This gripping and powerful book uses an innovative format and lyrical prose to expose the evil that exists in front of us, and the silent complicity of the privileged who create alternative facts to bend the truth to their liking.


  • "With Hollow Fires, Samira Ahmed offers us an impossible-to-put-down thriller that is both spectacularly haunting and deeply thoughtful. Safiya and Jawad are not narrators we usually see, and their harrowing story is a wholly original commentary on perception, community, and the way society weighs one life against another." 
    Sabaa Tahir #1 NYT bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes
  • "A powerful, timely, and relentlessly compelling read. Hollow Fires burns brightly with Samira Ahmed's trademark blend of thought-provoking social relevance, heartfelt coming-of-age, and whip-smart plotting."
    Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying
  • "The book presents a ripped-from-the-headlines story that will be an easy sell both in terms of theme and topic."
    School Library Connection
  • "A deeply chilling, inventive, and timely page-turner."
    Kirkus, starred review

On Sale
May 10, 2022
Hachette Audio

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and Internment. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She invites you to visit her online at samiraahmed.com and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

“I kind of knew Hollow Fires would break my heart from the premise alone. And then within the book, my heart got broken about 5 or 6 times. Hollow Fires is heart wrenching, but don’t let that discourage you. This book deserves to be read.”

—Lili, @utopia.state.of.mind

“Hollow Fires is a book that is going to get people talking. It is going to make people cry. It is going to make people mad (for different reasons I would bet). It tackles HARD topics… It was just phenomenal. 5 star read for me.”

—Kelly, Beaches and Reads

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