Sand

Sand

Book - 2017 | First Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition.
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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 of Sand, a novel by New York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey. Sand is 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Edition: First Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781328767554
Branch Call Number: FIC Howey
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm

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KeeganMSpring
May 02, 2019

I am a big fan of the Silo Saga and the world Howey created in that series. In Sand, Howey proves again his ability of fantastic world-building. He creates a dystopian America that hints at that past, but still feels like an alien land. The idea of being able to swim through sand is brilliant and innovative. I also think he displays again a skill at creating characters that you care about when reading. However, in my opinion, this tale abruptly ends. The story builds to a moment that you think will have a longer, and more interesting, payoff, but it unfortunately wraps up quick. It doesn't totally ruin the book, but I felt a little let down. I would still recommend it to any fan of Howey.

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NedSu
Jan 23, 2018

Howey does a pretty good job of creating a universe with only vague ties to ours, an extrapolation of what the future could look like, but only if you squinted and turn your head in a certain way. Kudos for his ability to do that. However, the florid repetitious narrative of saying the same thing three times seems to be a byproduct of word counting to fill a quota. This work appears to be a compilation of short stories/novellas.

I thought there was ample character growth, and I loved the thought of flowing through sand. As I neared the end, I found myself wishing to learn more of what lies ahead for these characters. That, I think, may be high praise for any novelist.

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stewstealth
Oct 12, 2017

Dystopian novel about a family surviving among two settlements where the constant encroachment of sand dictates how their lives unfurl. This novel has a good narrative and pace with okay character development. Worth reading if you are a fan of the genre.

elynn_0 Dec 17, 2015

I enjoyed the book, but the Overdrive version was not that great on my Android phone. A couple of chapters were impossible to access; I could read the first page, but when I tried to read the second page the system flipped to the end of the chapter. Checking out books on Kindle worked much better!

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aliciamarie
May 29, 2014

I loved Wool. That being said it was so hard to get into Sand. The characters just weren't developed enough to get in to. The world was a world I just couldn't wrap my head around and imagine as the story took place. I wanted to love this book to, but was disappointed.

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