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Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 on Amazon -- and 40 countries have picked up the work for translation. Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian are adapting the work for 20th Century Fox.
I'd like to begin a review on a very positive note. I'm very happy that I've discovered Hugh Howey. He is truly a very good writer. I think I like this author because of how easy his prose is. I'm not a native English speaker so for me reading sometimes doesn't come easy. And as I'm a fan of hard sci-fi, with those books I have to concentrate really hard to grasp everything, and sometimes because the story is so captivating it is very frustrating for me that I can't read it fast enough. This is not the case with Hugh Howey's writing. Most of his books are very fast and light reads. And I enjoy them immensely.
Blood of the Millions is the first book where Molly and Cole are not together. They each have their own story line. Molly is still on the planet Lok where Bern invasion has started. She is searching for her parents' friends who supposed to help her find special fusion fuel that will make it possible for her to jump to hyperspace and find Cole and her father. Cole is in hyperspace where he has to escape brutal captors and for the first time meets Mortimer, Molly's father. There is also a third story line involving Anlyn and Edison, who have adventure of their own and inadvertently become part of the Bern fleet.
I've reviewed previous two books in the series Parasona Rescue and Land Of Light. I rated them 5 stars. Unfortunately for this one I'll have to go with 4 stars. Over all it's still a great and exciting read. However there were three points that were very different from previous two books and just to be fair I had to lower my rating.
First off, in previous books the actions would start right off the bat. In Blood of the Millions however it didn't start up until a third into the book.Read more ›
Like many others, I read Mr. Howey's Wool books, and cast about for other things he had written while waiting for the next installment. And found Molly Fyde.
I believe these books we actually written for a slightly younger audience, but that didn't really detract from my enjoyment of them. They feature a young brave heroine, a love interest, a quest, and space flight, thereby meeting all of the requirements for a good classic space opera.
I really enjoyed this series, though it is very different than Wool, and am very happy to see that Mr. Howey's style of writing is just as entertaining and interesting outside of the silos.
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I probably really consider this a four star book but I like the series so much I wouldn't want to bring it down, and this is definitely not a two star book. This novel follows three stories throughout the entire book. The most time is spent following Molly and Cole which is good because their stories are the most interesting. I really liked the Cole story the best. The place he is in so bizarre it rides the line of being so fantastic that the suspension of disbelief fails, but stays just on the good side of that border. Molly's story is engaging but it is kind of disheartening what a rough time she has with no break in the death and tragedy she must endure.
As for as criticism, there are few things that could be improved. One is there are some misspellings and once the the wrong character's name appears in dialog, which is a very minor point and did not really detract from the book too much since the mistakes were few. In addition, the world seems a bit far fetched that their computing technology seems about the level of present day with talk of 'flash drives'. Nobody even has cellphones or other devices except Walter which seemed odd. The ship's computer has a keyboard. I also felt that there were a few places where pages that need to be shortened, like the wadi-thoughts parts. I tended to skim those to get onto the next part where something happens. I really didn't understand the point of Riggs except to add to the overall misery - maybe there will more about that later?
None of these criticisms mean that the book is not worth it - it certainly is and I've already purchased and downloaded the Fight for Peace and am looking forward to it. There are many series by very famous writers that I lost interest in, but no so with this one!
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Up until now I've loved everything I've read by this author, but I must confess this one has been harder for me to get into. I've really gotten bogged down in the book, and finally set it aside. I'm sure I'll go back and finish, as I really want to see what happens to Molly, but the story was really dragging for me, and it was becoming a labor to keep going.
I'm not sure exactly why I am having such a hard time with this one. It might just be the pacing. All of the characters are split up, and we're jumping between them frequently. As soon as I start to get into what one person is doing, it skips to a different character. It makes it hard to get invested in their struggles. The characters are also having abuse constantly being heaped upon them through the whole thing. While I often enjoy the "give the hero a really really bad day, and see how they overcome their hardships" type of story, there needs to be at least some positive and triumph. So far it's just more and more crap being dumped on them, with no positive or humor to lighten it up. It gets depressing after a time. When the characters are all with each other, I think they can give each other, and thus me, a bit of levity and positive lift. Without that, it becomes overwhelmingly negative.
All of that said, I have hopes that things will get better. People will get back together, and the story will pick up again. I'll put the book down for a bit longer, and then come back and pick up the story. I do really like Molly, and want to see how she resolves the situation.
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