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Beacon 23 Paperback – February 9, 2016
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For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. In the twenty-third century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light.
These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail.
At least, they aren't supposed to.
With Beacon 23 best-selling author Hugh Howey delivers white-knuckle suspense, with aliens, war, and madness all combining in a story of one man living aboard a beacon and his battle against the solitary blackness of space.
HUGH HOWEY is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde saga and the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Silo trilogy (Wool, Shift, and Dust). The Wool Omnibus won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award and has been translated in forty countries.
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I expected a sci-fi dystopic future along the lines of the Wool Olmnibus. However, what I got as I delved deeper into Beacon 23 was a magnificent and mind-numbing exploration of the human mind and human nature - naked and raw in all its beauty and shortcomings.
Howey, in a straightforward and effotless manner, digs deep into the very fabric of human emotions. The entire novel serves a single purpose: to allow the author to pose a grand question. A beautiful and inspiring question.
Some might say that the tone of this novel is too dark and gloomy, albeit I found myself laughing out loud at certain points. I hope those who would say that stuck to the end of the book and were rewarded by the feeling of hope and peace which pervaded my thoughts as I put my kindle down. I honesly hope you will agree and that Hugh Howey continues surprising us with his writing.
The writing is smooth, it flows at the stream of thought, and contains a cinematic quality in which the mental images practically paint themselves. And the action builds and builds until the startling climax.
What really hooked me, though, was the protagonist. An ex-soldier traumatized by a violent intergalactic war. A man in shambles, hiding from his past, who is broken down and on the verge of falling apart at the farthest edge of the galaxy.
And then, slowly, you watch him learn to accept his mistakes and forgive himself. Forgive others. But before he can live a normal life again, he'll face off with computer viruses, space pirates, bounty hunters, and even an old fling thrown in for good measure.
There's never a dull moment in the verse when you're manning beacon 23.