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Sand Omnibus {free} by Hugh Howey

Ss and anger she s experienced in her to give herself the strength ne I to like Sand than I did I strength ne I wanted to like Sand than I did I completely into the story and curious where Howey was taking his characters and eaders I started to wonder about the ending when I ealized I was at 95% on my Kindle To me it feels like he was getting close to his target word count and decided to just tie up the loose ends then and there Hours after eading the last page I still feel like there s supposed to be I get what he did but it feels unfinished About three months ago my Science Fiction Lit class and I had the opportunity to interview Hugh Howey During the interview naturally we started talking about His Upcoming Projects And upcoming projects and and he offered some eally good advice about his then as of yet unpublished novel Sand don t ead it It was according to him too dark too vulgar and too different from Wool Omnibus Silo 1 So don t waste your time don t bother don t ead it he said Naturally his telling a class of high schoolers not to ead his book made every person in the oom move Sand to the top of his or her To Read list I m sorry Mr Howey You give fantastic advice on your website and you gave fantastic advice and insight during our interview But I have failed you I ead SandAnd I loved it It s been said before in other eviews but it bears epeating that this is not Wool Wool was amazing because it had good characters and an amazing twist filled mystery plot Sand is amazing because it has a good plot and amazing downtrodden sympathetic gut wrenching characters Sand is a book filled with hopelessness and a sense of never being able to ise above because life doesn t actually offer that opportunity Howey writes several times in his book that the world of Sand is one on which the gods have turned their collective backs He was ight Sand is that kind of world Also not to dump on Wool it was well written but Howey s writing in Sand is filled with page after page of beautifully scripted passages The amount of growth between the writing of Wool and Sand is emarkable Eually emarkable is the dialogue For some eason many authors have a very difficult time writing dialogue that sounds like it s being spoken by a human being and not a monologuing cartoon character Even authors who can write otherwise fantastic stories plots action scenes and such trip stumble and fall either into the pit of My Character Speaks with an Exposition Stick Up His Ass or My Character Speaks Like He s Fourteen The characters in Sand on the the other hand are all ather uiet eserved individuals who never let their dialogue get in the way so when a character does speak hisher dialogue is filled with weight and value I loved it It s eally hard to think of novels similar to Sand Perhaps The Road for its extraordinarily bleak look at humanity or perhaps The Running Man for it s You Cannot Beat the World plot Actually a general comparison to Stephen King is ather appropriate hopeless characters gritty dialogue a uiet plot punctuated with severe claustrophobia moments of grotesue violence and my particular favorite the Life as a Desert metaphor These elements are all hallmarks that are found in great Stephen King novels I guess now I ll have to say they e hallmarks found in a Hugh Howey novel I hope every novel he writes in the future is as good as this one If they are it will do nothing but continue to cement his place as one of the best science fiction writers we have actual ating 35there wouldn t BE world hunger if you people would live where the FOOD IS YOU LIVE IN A DESERT UNDERSTAND THAT YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT NOTHING GROWS HERE NOTHING S GONNA GROW HERE Come here you see this This is sand You know what it s gonna be 100 years from now IT S GONNA BE SAND YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT We have deserts in America we just don t live in them assholes Sam KinisonUnfortunately moving out of the desert isn t an option for the denizens of Low Pubor is it Much like Silo the Sand stories are a bleak dystopian nightmare set sometime in the future only this time the world is one big desert There was some eally cool ideas in this book such as sandscrapers which are tall buildings buried under the sand and the vibrating dive suits that allow the wearer to submerge through the sand much like a scuba diver Hugh Howey is a eally great world builder I also liked the way the story was told through the viewpoints of the various members of one familyI was not thrilled with the ending however and that s the eason for the 35 ating instead of a 4 I thought the ending was somewhat abrupt and left a lot of uestions unanswered Maybe Howie is leaving oom for Sand. Rn espect sand diving Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of elics and scraps of the old world He is about to embark on the most dangerous dive of his young life aiming to become the first to discover the umoured city belowDeep within the sand lies the key to bringing his family together – and tearing their world apar.

Hugh Howey ñ 8 REVIEW


Should eadOn the writing side I will say this is a grown Up Book For Hugh book for Hugh in terms of content and prose The language is much stronger than in the Silo series and a lot of the subject matter is as well However this is all held up by Hugh s growth as a writer prose was never his weakness but he s gotten even better He has a flowing way with words he s not flowery he s not overly wordy he s not a thesaurus eferencer he just writes in a way that sucks you in keeps the pages turning gives you a visceral image of what he s talking about without ever bogging things down with unnecessary items He s a joy to eadI had high hopes for Sand but was not sure what to expect By the end I was blasting through pages and texting friends how much I loved the novel It truly is one of my favorites already and I have very few things to say about it that are not positive A firm 25 if I was permittedThe last status update probably says it best Started out great finished OK but staggered around a bit drunkenly in the middle Also a few awkward overly graphic scenes that felt out of place I don t want to say uncomfortable since I wasn t offended at all but they just seemed over the top compared to the overall tone of the est of the book In particular the scenes depicting Dystopian Mom prostitutes s after sex ustic contraceptive outines just plain awkward The ending seemed a tad ushed compared to the pace of the earlier parts tooAs always a very interesting and engaging premise just not executed nearly as well as Wool in my opinion Am I eally only the second person to ate this 1 starAm I the asshole hereSo be itAs a huge fan of Wool Omnibus Silo 1 and Hugh Howey I was extremely disappointed with his latest effort I found myself unable to get into the story to connect with most of the characters to visualize this sand buried world No matter how hard I tried I couldn t feel any of itHowey s writing is good as always He is definitely skilled with the written word But the plot left me trolling other eviews for answers for some glimmer of hope that I wasn t the only one struggling through this bookI think the biggest eason is the lack of a mythology In Wool Howey built an incredibly imaginative world that was easy to visualize dropping hints as to the big uestion of Why throughout the narrative The world of Sand however just was Maybe he plans to answer some uestions where did the sand come from what do the people know about their history in future books But hi Sand has a very different feel to Wool It s a much grittier sorry affair in many ways eversing the dynamic We now have an open environment and a totally disorganised and essentially lawless society where characters fend for themselves one dusty day at a time It has a much adult feel dealing with sexual themes and gory comeuppances and is littered with swear words than you may be used to from this author but this fits perfectly with the world Howey has once again expertly built and while it may not be as intricate and detailed a world as that of the Silos it certainly feels much grounded in eality for some eason Not too much is explained about the technology giving it an almost steampunk feel we just know it looks cool and it works but we don t eally need to know howThe beauty of Sand however is in the writing There is a true emotion throughout as we see a disengaged family struggle to eunite only to isk being torn apart again by the forces working against them The characters are subtly introduced and expertly enhanced at key points not only building on their personalities and history but also keeping the plot flowing steadily The vivid contrasting imagery can shift from beauty to ugliness in an instant and back again seamlessly and there are some moments of and I do not say this lightly sheer brilliance in Howey s Another excellent book from Hugh Howey who has now joined my list of favourite authors Like Wool this is a kind of post apocalyptic thriller with some great original ideas The descrip in this post apocalyptic tale sand is like water maverick sand divers use their amazing sand suits to uncover buried pre apocalypse tools and materials otherwise life is pretty miserable and sandy there s an actual glossary of sand termshappily the book is so much than that admittedly original concept all the different voices of a disparate family give this future society flavor and nuance the characters themselves are warmly developed the depressing atmosphere was nicely alleviated by characters who are always striving always trying to move forward there was one particularly impressive scene where a young woman channels all the pain and trauma and sadne. Sister Vic is trying to un away from the past; his younger brothers Connor and Rob are isking their lives to embrace it His mother left with nothing but anger is just trying to forgetPalmer wants to prove his worth not only to his family but to himself And in the barren dune covered landscape of his home there is only one way to ea. Sand OmnibusFour and a half usted and sand blasted stars Mr Howey is a talent I absolutely loved Wool and part of the challenge is the expectations it created The setting for Wool and now Sand is brutal and post apocalyptic Something happened we don t know what nuclear war extreme climate change something happened And what s left is sand lots of grit gravel and sand So much that there is an entire lexicon around it which Howey eveals throughout the novel But somehow people are surviving Sand focuses on a family that persists They are broken and shattered They toil all day to Keep The Wells Open They the wells open They the dunes for treasures from the past And they sand Dive I Ll Stop There You Ll Have To Read I ll stop there you ll have to ead novel if you e intrigued Howey s prose is wonderful His characters are believable and interesting He tells a great story but also skillfully weaves in theme on a egular basis For instant Conner wondered if dredging up the past was even a good idea It was like being a sand diver in many ways There were all these usty hurts buried deep I largely enjoyed the story but it s so gritty and dark just like Wool I would like to see Howey with all his talents take on a brighter hopeful story Yes conflict and struggle make ich literary ground but so little hope leaves the ground a bit too dry a bit too grimy in my view Maybe I need to ead Beacon 23 not sure if that explores a bright future or not In addition I did think the ending was a bit abrupt Anyways still a wonderful book I could taste the grit in my mouth feel the matte in my hair and see the sift in the air I m a fan and will keep picking up Howie s future works Strongly ecommended maybe just not if you need some positivity or if you e the type that s eally annoyed by the beach So this Hugh guy is pretty alright I ve made it no eal secret that I adore the Silo Series I felt it was one of the most creative haunting and visceral stories I ve ever ead a series that stays with you like inside you deep inside In your feeling I only have one With Sand Howey has created ANOTHER world in the same ilk haunting emotional gloomy And like the Silo books Sand will stick with me for a whileSand follows a down on their luck family of sand divers in a future Colorado a Colorado you uickly find is nothing like what you would expect from the state Everything is covered in hundreds of feet of sand the book is aptly named as essentially everything surrounds the stuff However there is so much beyond even the sand as a metaphor Palmer Victoria Rob and Conner formerly lived what would pass for the high life in this dystopian esue world as their father was the leader of a uling group called The Lords However their father an off left the children and Rose their mother with next to nothing to their name but a whore house This fractured their family especially as Rose s debt piled up and she transitioned from unning her whore house to working in it as well which shamed the childrenThe children are all or aspire to be sand divers people who wear special electrified suits that allow them to maneuver through deep sand moving it around their bodies or if skilled enough moving large areas of sand to their will The sand diving and sand suits in themselves are an incredibly creative concept and Hugh does a masterful job of introducing them slowly letting you get accustomed to the idea a bit then gradually introducing and these suits can do Beyond the suits themselves sand diving is very dependent on the diver themselves their ability to move sand to keep their cool while being crushed under mountains of pressure to isk their lives The children are all oddly skilled in this art taking after their father who was known for it Palmer and his friend Hap are hired by a uestionable group of brigands to make a very isky and uestionable dive to find the lost city of Danvar buried under years of sand hundreds of meters below the surface Upon finding it Palmer is betrayed but gets the better end of the exchange as Hap is murdered by the brigands upon his esurfacing Palmer through some luck is able to esurface a time later When he wanders into the camp of the brigands he overhears a sinister plot on their part to kill all of the esidents of the sandy slums on the dunesAs the story moves past that following each of the children in their own thoughts and channels following their mother Rose for a time the oppression of the people in the sandy Colorado strip is evealed and and in a very Wool esue unknowing oppression based manner Without giving much of the story away needless to say they discover that things aren t what they seem Vague obviously but this is a story I think almost anyone. The new novel from the international bestselling author of the Wool trilogyThe old world is buried A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand four siblings find themselves scattered and lostPalmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago His elder.