Book review: The Hurricane

The HurricaneThe Hurricane by Hugh Howey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



tl;dr version:
Too many trees, not enough silos.

Real review:

For starters, the tl;dr review will not make sense if you haven’t read the Wool Omnibus and/or First Shift, which you really need to do.

I’m not feeling this one, and that’s OK. It’s on me – I’m very much a sci-fi guy, and this isn’t that kind of book. I’d be happier than stink in a barnyard if Mr Howey did nothing but expand the literary world he built in the Wool stories.

Thing is, that’s not fair to him as an author. He’s allowed to write different stories, with varying themes and different characters.

The book is well written, and Howey does a good job making his characters both credible and compelling, but the coming of age + family drama stuff just didn’t grab me. If it’s your thing, this isĀ  a well paced story with credible and compelling characters, and odds are good you will enjoy it despite the lack of silos.

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2 thoughts on “Book review: The Hurricane

  1. Man, you and Kate. “READ THIS, READ IT NAO!”

    Well, I will eventually get to it, but I already promised Kate I’d read Gene Wolfe with her in November, so that month is taken. Soon. Or maybe early next year.

    • Can’t speak to Kate’s source of enthusiasm, but mine is firmly grounded in the delight of discovering a new author. And being sucked into a story that overwhelms my innate cynicism and persnicketiness. Pacing and structure FTW.

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