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The Hurricane (edition 2011)

by Hugh Howey

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Member:birksland
Title:The Hurricane
Authors:Hugh Howey
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:hurricane wipes out cell phones, learn power of silence

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Unlike the other books I have read (and loved) by Hugh Howey, this one is a “regular” book (not scifi, post-apocalyptic, or dystopian) for young adults about a hurricane that devastates the town of Beaufort, North Carolina.

Daniel Stillman, 17, feels like an outcast in high school. He doesn’t fit in with any of the “cliques": the jocks, the preps, the hipsters, the gamers…. He thinks he must be just too dull - he dresses in normal clothes, he lacks confidence with girls, and doesn’t even have a smartphone like everyone else. The other kids scorn him as a “rando, a creeper, a sketch.”

Then Hurricane Anna hits, with the eye right over Beaufort. Daniel and his family (mom, stepdad Carlton, and younger sister Zola) take refuge in the bathroom in the center of the house. Trees come down everywhere, and they end up with a big hole in their house. Daniel’s estranged dad shows up with a chainsaw, and they and the other neighbors set about the business of cleaning up and rebuilding.

With the power out for a week, suddenly people are forced to interact with one another rather than with their digital devices, and Daniel’s family gets to know each other and their neighbors really for the first time. Daniel meets a nice, smart girl only four houses away, ironically named Anna, who has been home-schooled, precisely to avoid the kind of social pressures that have tormented Daniel.

Evaluation: This is a very sweet and quiet story, with a sort of delayed impact, much as one might experience from being in the eye of a storm. Daniel has an appealing, self-deprecating sense of humor. Howey is adept at conveying the different fears and insecurities members of his family feel both before and during the storm. The family dynamics are well done, and Howey never sugarcoats the family’s relationship with either the Stepdad or the Dad.

I thought the blurbs about the plot misrepresented it. I found it to be a good coming of age story, not really a parable about digital overload. ( )
  nbmars | Nov 14, 2014 |
Daniel è un ragazzo non connesso: pochi amici nella realtà e su facebook, un cellulare arcaico e i tipici tratti dell'adolescente emarginato e deriso.
E infatti tutto va come da copione fino all'arrivo di Anna, un uragano di proporzioni epiche che sconvolgerà la cittadina.
La natura forzerà tutti a rinunciare alla connessione continua e la vita di Daniel subirà notevoli svolte. ( )
  Saretta.L | Mar 31, 2013 |
When a town loses the ability to digitally connect due to a hurricane, how do people react? I thought this plot would be a typical, anti-technology utopian theme, but it isn't. The main characters do find something new about their lives when it's not dominated by digital technology, but not in an oversimplified way.

Subtle, but still quickly paced. A good balance of interesting plot and interesting characters. ( )
  birksland | Dec 7, 2012 |
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Daniel Stillman's life: 42 Facebook friends, 18 cell phone contacts, 6 Twitter followers, 4 blog subscribers. Now a category five storm is about to take this all away, and replace it with a neighbor he's never met.

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