- File Size: 1362 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Broad Reach (May 26, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052VU9G2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,501 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Stillman, 17, feels like an outcast in high school. He doesn’t fit in with any of the “cliques": the jocks, the preps, the hipsters, the gamers…. He thinks he must be just too dull - he dresses in normal clothes, he lacks confidence with girls, and doesn’t even have a smartphone like everyone else. The other kids scorn him as a “rando, a creeper, a sketch.”
Then Hurricane Anna hits, with the eye right over Beaufort. Daniel and his family (mom, stepdad Carlton, and younger sister Zola) take refuge in the bathroom in the center of the house. Trees come down everywhere, and they end up with a big hole in their house. Daniel’s estranged dad shows up with a chainsaw, and they and the other neighbors set about the business of cleaning up and rebuilding.
With the power out for a week, suddenly people are forced to interact with one another rather than with their digital devices, and Daniel’s family gets to know each other and their neighbors really for the first time. Daniel meets a nice, smart girl only four houses away, ironically named Anna, who has been home-schooled, precisely to avoid the kind of social pressures that have tormented Daniel.
Evaluation: This is a very sweet and quiet story, with a sort of delayed impact, much as one might experience from being in the eye of a storm. Daniel has an appealing, self-deprecating sense of humor. Howey is adept at conveying the different fears and insecurities members of his family feel both before and during the storm. The family dynamics are well done, and Howey never sugarcoats the family’s relationship with either the Stepdad or the Dad.
I thought the blurbs about the plot misrepresented it. I found it to be a good coming of age story, not really a parable about digital overload.
Next stop, half way home... Then the rest of wool then finally Molly Fyde.
One thing is for sure, out of the thousands of books, E or real, that I have read in my 27 years on this planet, no writer has even kept my attention through multiple different stories as Hugh Howey has.
And, like a lot of people with Mr. Howeys works, this is my very first review as I thought this story was just THAT good... Hope you write more of these style of stories, you know, life of a teen style, I dunno why, maybe my teenage years weren't exciting enough and I just want to live though the power of words those years... Or something like that...
The story was perfect, captured my imagination for word one and literally made me feel like I was there... Excelent work!
This will be as highly recomended a Hugh Howey story as Wool and Halfway Home and all for very different reasons.