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Book Title: Sand|
The author of the book: Hugh Howey
Date of issue: 2014
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in this post-apocalyptic tale, sand is like water; maverick sand divers use their amazing sand suits to uncover buried pre-apocalypse tools and materials. otherwise life is pretty miserable, and sandy. there's an actual glossary of sand terms!
happily the book is so much more than that admittedly original concept. all the different voices of a disparate family give this future society flavor and nuance. the characters themselves are warmly developed. the depressing atmosphere was nicely alleviated by characters who are always striving, always trying to move forward. there was one particularly impressive scene where a young woman channels all the pain and trauma and sadness and anger she's experienced in her life to give herself the strength needed to perform an impossible feat. that was an astonishing bit of writing, poetic and visceral and intense. moving. overall Sand is a well-written novel. no clichés in sight and many surprises throughout the narrative.
perhaps the biggest surprise for me was how I was so successfully manipulated into supporting something I'm morally against. now I'm a dyed-in-the-wool progressive, against war and state-sponsored violence et cetera. so I did not expect to eventually come to a place where I was cheering on the wholesale slaughter of thousands of people and the destruction of a city. when I realized I was feeling such things, the bottom sorta dropped out from under me.
but sometimes people are so crushed under the foot of their oppressors that they are driven to do things, and sometimes those things are savagely violent and vindictive. I wonder: did Howey realize that his novel functions as an argument in favor of terrorism and the utter annihilation of one's enemies? well, he certainly constructed a convincing argument.
one thing truly aggravated me: the unnecessary identification of a minor character as black. even a description of him as being black as charcoal. now this would not bother me in the least if other characters were racially identified. but that was not the case. essentially, Howey's decision to identify only this character's race implies that the default is white. what the fuck.
I AM SO FUCKING TIRED OF GENRE AUTHORS ASSUMING THAT THEIR POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELANDS OR THEIR ZOMBIE-RIDDEN SUBURBIAS OR THEIR FOOFY LITTLE FAIRYLANDS ARE ALL WHITE, WHITE, WHITE SO ANYONE WHO IS NON-WHITE WILL DEFINITELY GET THEIR SKIN COLOR MENTIONED, BUT EVERYONE ELSE... WELL THE READER SHOULD JUST ASSUME THAT THEY ARE WHITE WHITE WHITE ALL FUCKING WHITE ALL THE FUCKING TIME. JUST FUCK OFF WITH THAT ALREADY AND JOIN THE MODERN WORLD! THIS IS NOT THE FUCKING 1950s!
THE DEFAULT IS NOT WHITE, GENIUSES.
still, all that said, a good book.
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Read information about the authorI'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.
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