I haven’t read Sand yet. I did read Hugh’s book Wool that made him a mega-star in the indie and real publishing world. It was a futuristic, sci-fi tale with a strong female protagonist and a surprise ending that you’ll love.
I will forever be a supporter of Hugh Howey’s work. At the end of last June when I had half as many blog, Facebook, and Twitter followers as I do now I e-mailed Hugh to ask him if I could interview him for The Phil Factor. Much to my surprise he answers his own e-mail and he said yes. You can read that interview here. Just a few weeks ago a question about one of his books occurred to me so I emailed him with the question. He got right back to me, proving that he is a truly nice guy.
Because I am always grateful to those that have helped me in life I will always promote the work of the more established writers who have agreed to interview for my blog. Hugh just released Sand. What he did that is awesome is that he released as both an omnibus edition (the whole story) and he also released it in five separate sections. This way if you’re not sure if you want to invest the entire $5.99 for the omnibus e-book you can just order Sand Part 1 for $1.41 (or free if you’ve got Amazon Prime) so you can try out the story and decide if you want to read the rest.
Sand synopsis: 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, the first new novel from New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey since his publication of the Silo Saga. Unrelated to those works, which looked at a dystopian world under totalitarian rule, Sand is an exploration of lawlessness. Here is a land ignored. Here is a people left to fend for themselves. Adjust your ker and take a last, deep breath before you enter.
If you like sci-fi, futuristic dystopian societies Hugh is a great writer and you should give his book a try. He is also a nice guy and I believe that should be rewarded in life.