Mr. Howey writes some damn good cliffhangers. I'm glad I didn't find out about this when each part was coming out one at a time. I would have gotten a heart-attack waiting to find out what happens next. Especially after parts 1 and 2. The cliffhanger aren't so huge after that.
Plot: The only reason I'm not giving this one a 5 star is because I feel like I read the entire thing and didn't get answers to questions like, how did the world get the way it did. Other than that I loved the plot. I loved how he created the concept of sand diving, but it bugged me that it existed when it was obvious that people where only scavenging old technology, so who created the sand diving suits that took instructions from your brain?
Characters: I didn't particularly care for Rose, but after some time, and the way she reacted when the time came, I realised that life had been hard on her and that she has had to harden herself and her heart but under all, it's still there.
I kept feeling like Robb was older because he was such a smart boy and had to keep reminding myself that he is only 11. Vic is more of the mother figure in this story, being the oldest sibling and all.
My favorite by far was Connor. I think he had the most character development, next to Vic and then Rose, from wanting to run away, to going above and beyond to stay and help.
Palmer was just kind of naive. Yes he was smart and a good diver, but his trust in his friend Hap was just dumbfounding.
Writing: I think the story was written beautifully. And I like that he had you trying figure things out along the way. I love when a book has you thinking. I guess the entire thing was made better by listening to the story with my husband. I finally had someone to talk about the story with. It's specially hard for me to listen being a more visual person and all. And I feel like I miss a lot of details sometimes. When I realised what Danvar was I just couldn't stop laughing.
Overall this book was great. I think people who didn't like it are guilty of comparing the book too much to Wool. I try my best to critique a book solely on itself. Many people were like, oh it's not as good as Wool. And I think that's a bit unfair. Thankfully, I haven't read Wool, but I plan to, in the future.