Book Trial: Sand Omnibus Edition

Posted June 9, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Sand Book Cover Sand
Hugh Howey
Post Apocalyptic
Broad Reach Publishing
3 November 2014
Audiobook
325, 10 hrs and 15 mins
Purchased

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.

Palmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago. His elder sister, Vic, is trying to run away from the past; his younger brothers, Connor and Rob, are risking their lives to embrace it. His mother, left with nothing but anger, is just trying to forget.

Palmer 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 earn respect: sand-diving. Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of relics 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 rumoured city below.

Deep within the sand lies the key to bringing his family together – and tearing their world apart.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

Mr. Howey writes some damn good cliffhangers. I’m glad I didn’t find out about this when each part was coming out one at a time. I would have gotten a heart-attack waiting to find out what happens next. Especially after parts 1 and 2. The cliffhanger aren’t so huge after that.

After coming off listening to A Dance with Dragons and having started to listening to The Martian, I just didn’t care much for this Narrator while she narrated scenes. Her voices for the different Characters were good though. Each one had their own distinct personality.

Plot:
The only reason I’m not giving this one a 5 star is because I feel like I read the entire thing and didn’t get answers to questions like, how did the world get the way it did. Other than that I loved the plot. I loved how he created the concept of sand diving, but it bugged me that it existed when it was obvious that people where only scavenging old technology, so who created the sand diving suits that took instructions from your brain?

Characters:
I didn’t particularly care for Rose, but after some time, and the way she reacted when the time came, I realised that life had been hard on her and that she has had to harden herself and her heart but under all, it’s still there.

I kept feeling like Robb was older because he was such a smart boy and had to keep reminding myself that he is only 11. Vic is more of the mother figure in this story, being the oldest sibling and all.

My favorite by far was Connor. I think he had the most character development, next to Vic and then Rose, from wanting to run away, to going above and beyond to stay and help.

Palmer was just kind of naive. Yes he was smart and a good diver, but his trust in his friend Hap was just dumbfounding.

Writing:
I think the story was written beautifully. And I like that he had you trying figure things out along the way. I love when a book has you thinking. I guess the entire thing was made better by listening to the story with my husband. I finally had someone to talk about the story with. It’s specially hard for me to listen being a more visual person and all. And I feel like I miss a lot of details sometimes. When I realised what Danvar was I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Overall this book was great. I think people who didn’t like it are guilty of comparing the book too much to Wool. I try my best to critique a book solely on itself. Many people were like, oh it’s not as good as Wool. And I think that’s a bit unfair. Thankfully, I haven’t read Wool, but I plan to, in the future.

About the Author:

[source: Goodreads]
I’m the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can’t do certain things — and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified as science fiction, since they often take place in the future, but if you love great stories and memorable characters, you’ll dig what you find here. I promise.

About the Narrator:

[source: Goodreads]
I am a writer, wife, mother of a sixteen year old boy (yes, he’s super-cute), mediocre triathlete, obsessive SUP-boarder, compulsive animal-rescuer and more. I write whatever I would like to read. The three books I’ve had published so far are installments in the Ghost Girls Books series: The Haunting on Devil’s Den Road, The Ghost at Widower’s Pond, and The Phantom Ship at Castle Hill. They blend my love of history and sci-fi with romance and mystery. They’re definitely genre-bending, but hopefully in a way that makes perfect sense. I’ve never been the sort of person who could fit neatly into one category or another, and I don’t think fictional characters should, either. I like plucky, quirky girls – the brainier the better – and dark, complex guys. I like plots that explore the shadier corners of the world and of the human psyche. I like ghosts and vampires and things that go bump in the night, but I also like happy endings. I like to think I strike a balance in my writing among all these focuses of mine.

The Verdict:

4 Stars
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Overall: 4.3

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