by Hugh Howey
This is the incredible new novel and brand new world from the international bestselling author of the Wool trilogy.
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 05/06/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781780893181
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Review by adpaton
Sand blowing remorselessly, dunes enveloping everything, the continual sounds of distant drumming, and ceaseless, unforgiving wind: this is the background to Sand, a new book by Hugh ‘Wool’ Howey. Some time in a dystopian future, Colorado is a sand desert and communities are virtually without food or water: life is impermanent because the shifting sands swallow everything, and the only way people can achieve a degree of comfort is to dive after buried treasure.The treasure lies not in the sea but many kilometres under the sand: young Palmer and his friend Hap accompany a band of brigands and, using a sort of steam punk technology, dive deep underground to the lost city of Danver. They soon discover the expedition is not what it seems...Gritty, claustrophobic and fascinating, Sand is a worthy successor to the Wool trilogy, only better.
Review by thejohnsmith
A dystopian world, dysfunctional family, and desert make life tough for Palmer and his siblings. The past is buried under mountains of sand and, for those able to penetrate deep enough, can provide a way to make life more comfortable. As well as opportunity there is also risk and Palmer gets caught up in a scheme that puts everyone’s life at risk. This was a great holiday read, good plot, plenty of excitement, characters and relationships that engage and a finish that, hopefully, will lead into a sequel.