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.
©2012- Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I've read praises for Hugh Howey for, well, forever, and recently bought the whole "Wool" deal but haven't had time to listen to it. When I saw "The Hurricane" and saw that it was in a different style, I was intrigued and thought I'd give it a shot. I'm really glad I did. It is a really wonderful, people as fish-out-of-water, coming together, looking for hope story. And from what I've read from other reviewers, it is so unlike Howey's other books, I would've been disappointed/disgusted had I read it/listened to it after said works.
Even if you've read other Howey, give this a shot, maybe just as a Daily Deal, or something as it's fairly short (I got it cheap as a kindle/audio bundle). Judge it on its own merits. The characters are likable and flawed, they're thrown into an interesting situation, and there's a sliver of sunshine in a life that looked very dark indeed.
What's not to like? Well done, Mr. Howey!
The story was well written for what it was. It did a nice job of capturing a slice of modern life. It is probably my fault for not reading the reviews closer, but I was expecting science fiction. This was a teen anxst story with a Hurricane background. Not terribly exciting really.
No real climax to the book. A little too pat in the story line. Was expecting something more along the lines of "Wool". My bad for expecting it to be science fiction.
Yes. Does a find job of reading.
I wouldn't read it. I barely finished this one.
If you are thinking about getting this because you liked "Wool", "Dust" or any of that series, don't bother. Not in the same ball park.
Have loved every book by this author thus far. Am so sad at the lack of a story in this book. I wonder if it was an earlier work of the author, it didn't feel well developed.
I have never read such a realistic portrayal of living through a hurricane and its aftermath. The only missing facet is the length of time the actual storm can last. The longer term effects are touched on with the loss of the father's houseboat with most of his belongings and the mother's car. The unexpected benefits are also shown by the improving relationships between the estranged father and his children and the gratitude everyone shows that no one was hurt and the realization that that things can be replaced. The book also shows how quickly a storm can change its path and intensity and how important it is to be alert to news of the storm.
This was an interesting study of how life can be out of control and no one even knows it. It often takes a major happening to put the things that matter in focus. Well written and narrated. I would highly recommend it.
I love to watch the Weather Channel videos of storms. This book was like living through one.
The most memorable moment for me was the end, when Daniels realizes the immensity of the storm.
I wouldn't rename it.
I usually go for horror and mystery novels, but this book hooked me in the very beginning and kept my attention throughout, even though the main characters were youngsters.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
First off, HEY AUDIBLE... How about categorizing bks properly??? This was in no way an SF novel, despite your listing... This a mainstream/young adult novel...
Anyhoo, this was a good book... I loved the commentary on our society's disconnected connectedness... Daniel was a likable character, and I found myself relating to him as I thought of myself at that age... His thoughts and experiences resonated w/ me, but then again maybe I was just a ginormous geek at that age;)
It's a little picture of the "normal" family following a disaster... It really shows Howey's diversity and complexity as a writer... It's complex in it's own way, but not a hard read at all... Very easy actually... It's a picture of life in a segment, which is fiction after all... The narration was superb, TGR is one of the best of professional voices!!! If you're looking for adventure or thrills this isn't the book for you... If rather you're lookin for an easy resonatining read this is for you;)
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