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Sand (edition 2014)
by Hugh Howey (Author)
Sand: Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
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I really liked the set-up of this book. I found it very interesting. And I liked the plot and thought it was well executed up to the last...fifty or so pages where everything seemed so cramped and compressed and things just weren’t explained well. It got confusing towards the end and I wish the author had taken another 20-50 pages to really explain what was going on. The ending itself was okay...but would have been better if things had been made a little more clear.
A post apocalyptic world where most of civilization is buried beneath hundreds of meters of sand. This is the story of the survivors caught in a harsh struggle without enough water and ignorant that there might be a world outside of the desert. Inventive world building and technology, especially the suits that allow them to slip into the sand a dive to recover scraps from the old civilization. Finished this feeling I should not come back and read more in the series.
Interesting concept - I like the idea of the sand-divers & the technology that they use. Beyond sand-diving, the world itself is also interesting, & you learn more about it & its connection to the past as the story progresses. A big part of this book is the characters, who I thought were well-written. I enjoyed getting to know them, their relationships, & their impact on the world. One of my favorite books
Interesting concept. Enjoyed the book a lot. Could see the world in my head, so I think he did a pretty good job at world-building.
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The 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 lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next. Welcome to the world ofSand, a novel byNew York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey.Sandis an exploration of lawlessness, the tale of a land ignored. Here is a people left to fend for themselves. Adjust your ker and take a last, deep breath before you enter.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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This is the story of a family of four siblings. The two oldest are divers, and some of the very best. The two youngest survive on their own in the town of Springston. Their mother is the owner of the local bar and brothel. Their father abandoned them years before, disappearing into the wasteland of No Man's Land, where no one has ever returned from.
I had a hard time reading this book. I got very invested in the characters, and kept having to put the book down because I was so scared horrible things would happen to them. But I almost immediately picked it back up again because it was so good.
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book. It haunted me when I wasn't reading it, and after finishing it, it still haunts me. I've spent the past few hours staring at a map of the United States trying to figure out where the places mentioned in the story actually are. (I think Agyl may be Kansas City. I'm not positive, though, and it's driving me a bit crazy to not know for certain.)
I don't want to say too much about the plot because it really has to be experienced. It took a bit for me to really get into the story because it opened fairly early with a diving scene, and it took me a while to realize the characters were diving into sand and not water. But once I did, I fell into it headfirst. ( )