I got a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway. The author enclosed a personal note and signed the book. Thank-you!
This book reminds me of a...moreI got a copy of this book through a First Reads giveaway. The author enclosed a personal note and signed the book. Thank-you!
This book reminds me of an "Indiana Jones" movie or "National Treasure". It's a combination of mystery and romances, touching on European history, myths and archaeology. There's some tense moments that involve PG-13 related material and language to give you a heads-up. The author has a definite flair for the dramatic. Like an "Indiana Jones" movie, each character is a bit on the ridiculous side. Especially the bad guys. The idiosyncrasies of the bad guys was one of my favorite things about the book!
The author creates an elaborate puzzle for the characters (and the reader) to solve involving the seven deadly sins, seven historical figures and seven European cities. We follow them on adventures throughout Europe. The descriptions of the landmarks creates a clear mental picture for the reader.
Renee, the heroine, has been diagnosed with leukemia - but we never know what kind. Her parents left her with a trust fund, so she's able to travel to different archeological digs around the world. She watched her father die from cancer and is haunted by the past. David is a retired helicopter pilot with some issues of his own. There relationship is a very important part of the story but doesn't take the focus from the action.
This is a story for pure enjoyment. Other reviewers have noted the unrealistic pieces of the story - i.e. Renee destroying an ancient Greek temple, stealing an artifact and climbing out using a cross-bow. Obviously, this requires the reader to take the story with the proverbial grain of salt.
I got this as part of a first-reads give away. I was surprised when I received 8 pages of newsprint paper stapled together with some poems printed on...moreI got this as part of a first-reads give away. I was surprised when I received 8 pages of newsprint paper stapled together with some poems printed on the inside. (Is this part of a periodical series from a college creative writing class?) As far as the poetry inside, I read through it and found that it didn't engage me, provoke thoughts or provide any reaction besides a shrug. (less)
I got this book in a First Reads giveaway. The author outlines current events in the United States and shows how the decline of society is happening ar...moreI got this book in a First Reads giveaway. The author outlines current events in the United States and shows how the decline of society is happening around us. He examines a variety of topics from tax laws to immigration. What he writes is very insightful and eye-opening. (less)
**spoiler alert** I received this book as part of a First Reads give away.
In the world Hugh Howey creates, people have been forced into underground s...more**spoiler alert** I received this book as part of a First Reads give away.
In the world Hugh Howey creates, people have been forced into underground silos to survive the destruction that's taken place on the surface. Around the silo there are screens that show the world above - brown, dusty, ruined, colorless and lifeless.
The reader is drawn quickly into the silo world as former sheriff Holston climbs the metal steps to his execution. As other readers have noted, the description of the silo is spare. (As a reader, I didn't have trouble creating images of it in my mind. I can see how this world could be developed into a full-blown novel!)
For three years, Holston has been grieving the death of his wife, Allison. She chose to say the fateful words "I want to go outside" - a death sentence. Anyone who says those words are sent outside to clean the lenses but then are eaten away and suffocated by the toxic air. We learn in a flashback that she'd been investigating historical uprisings (one every generation or so) in the old hard drives and computer files. She's investigating who deleted the files and why. Holston asks her, "You're saying that someone wiped out our history to stop us from repeating it?" (pg 21).
Both Allison and Holston choose the same fate. The ending of the book literally took my breath away. It also gave me some food for thought - in my opinion, the trait of a story that's more than a story.
Themes of the book are hope and insanity. Should people hope for a better world? Should people be kept from wanting an alternative? This story also raises questions about the human spirit. How long can it be repressed without something giving way?
The title reminds me of the phrase "pull the wool over your eyes" which means "to deceive someone intentionally."
This is a short book and it's well worth the time you'd spend reading it!(less)