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Sand: Omnibus Edition Kindle Edition

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"Sand immerses you in its grubby post-apocalyptic world … Howey conjures a credible, brutal future." (Financial Times)

"Hugh Howey can really write." (SFX)

"In short, Sand will earn Mr Howey another well-deserved million or more." (Daily Sport)

"This terrifically fresh and well-realised setting provides the background for a richly emotional story about families and communities." (Morning Star)

"Sand shows the success of Howey’s Wool Trilogy was no fluke. This is a superior SF thriller, both slick and gritty." (Financial Times)

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The incredible new novel and brand new world from the international bestselling author of the Wool trilogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2297 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I50K1Q0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sand has a very different feel to Wool. It's a much grittier (sorry!) affair in many ways reversing 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 more adult feel dealing with sexual themes and gory comeuppances and is littered with more swear words than you might 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 more grounded in reality for some reason. 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 really need to know how.

The beauty of Sand however is in the writing. There is a true emotion throughout as we see a disengaged family struggle to reunite only to risk 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 prose and for all it's rough and tumble, Sand has some well-placed and genuinely tender moments which at times can cleverly disarm the reader temporarily, leaving them totally unprepared for the next fiendish plot twist.

But fear not, this ain't no sandy Seventh Heaven. Sand is a highly-charged, action-filled, thrill-a-minute, ass-kicking, jawbreaking blockbuster and makes no apologies for it.
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I already had Sand lined up whilst reading the Wool trilogy which ultimately, for me, was rather disappointing so my expectations weren't very high for this.

The premise of Sand is very interesting, a post-apocalyptic world populated by a few survivors scrabbling around in the harsh desert environment; trying to scrape a living by sand diving and basically looting for treasures long buried by whatever catastrophe created the world they inhabit.

The focus is on four siblings, two of which don't seem to have much purpose and sections of the book focus on their own stories.

It's this habit of constantly switching between sub-plots that I find very annoying in Hugh Howey's work, he also has a massive tendency to pad out the story with philosophical musings and metaphors. In a book this length, the result is rather jarring and it's not a very seamless read.

The ending is rushed and the siblings' stories all brought together over the last three or four chapters.

I think Howey has missed a trick here. The world he presents has many more opportunities for exploration. The rebel and criminal elements in this story are so in transient as to be almost pointless and it leaves you wondering what their story is.

Without much of a back story as to how this world came to be it does leave the reader to make up their own mind but a little info would have helped for there are no time lines or any indication as to how far in the future Sand takes place.

Fans of Howey will no doubt find lots to enjoy in this book but for me, I struggled to finish it.
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I loved the Wool books, so understandably I was quite excited to read Sand when it was published as an omnibus. And I can’t say it disappointed the thrill seeker in me.

Howey has, as he did with Wool, created a rich and believable world for his story to inhabit; the titular sand is as much a character as any of the humans: invading our narrative and an integral part of the plot. And while I wasn’t 100% convinced of the plausibility of the whole of Colarado being buried under 600 meters (at least) of sand, I was willing to suspended disbelief to get on board with what this meant for our protagonists.

The main characters are a family of 4 siblings, a mother and an absent father. Howey make the most of these family bonds to create believable relationships of love and support tinged with anger and frustration that realistically carry the weight of family ties: linked together by fate rather than choice but never forgetting the importance of those bonds.

The story itself felt like a familiar friend. It was easy to slip into the narrative of this family fallen from grace struggling to make ends meet in a harsh environment. The technology of sand diving was intriguing, if frustratingly under explained, and sufficiently complicated to account for the gulf of time between our modern world and this future America being explored.

As the story zips along, it pulls together both our family of characters and a number of seemingly unconnected plot strands to create a believable crisis and a satisfying conclusion.
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