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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  25,826 ratings  ·  1,948 reviews
The new novel from the international bestselling author of the Wool trilogy.

The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost.

Palmer has never been the same since his father walked out twelve years ago. His elder sister, Vic, is trying to run away
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 9th 2014 by Broad Reach Publishing (first published January 4th 2014)
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Jeremy Jones It's not in the Silo series, no. I have wondered, however, if the two stories don't share the same universe, just different parts on the map, and ther…moreIt's not in the Silo series, no. I have wondered, however, if the two stories don't share the same universe, just different parts on the map, and therefore different physical and environmental settings.(less)

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Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Am I really only the second person to rate this 1 star?

Am I the asshole here?

So be it.

As a huge fan of Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) and Hugh Howey, I was extremely disappointed with his latest effort. I found myself unable to get into the story, to connect with most of the characters, to visualize this sand-buried world. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't feel any of it.

Howey's writing is good -- as always. He is definitely skilled with the written word. But the plot left me trolling other review
mark monday
in this post-apocalyptic tale, sand is like water; maverick sand divers use their amazing sand suits to uncover buried pre-apocalypse tools and materials. otherwise life is pretty miserable, and sandy. there's an actual glossary of sand terms!

happily the book is so much more than that admittedly original concept. all the different voices of a disparate family give this future society flavor and nuance. the characters themselves are warmly developed. the depressing atmosphere was nicely alleviate
Kevin Kuhn
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Four and a half rusted and sand-blasted stars. Mr. Howey is a talent, I absolutely loved Wool and part of the challenge is the expectations it created. The setting for Wool and now Sand is brutal and post-apocalyptic. Something happened . . . we don’t know what, nuclear war, extreme climate change . . . something happened. And what’s left is sand, lots of grit, gravel, and sand. So much that there is an entire lexicon around it, which Howey reveals throughout the novel. But, somehow, people are ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to like Sand more than I did. I was completely into the story and curious where Howey was taking his characters and readers. I started to wonder about the ending when I realized I was at 95% on my Kindle. To me it feels like he was getting close to his target word count and decided to just tie up the loose ends then and there. Hours after reading the last page, I still feel like there's supposed to be more. I get what he did, but it feels unfinished. ...more
Aug 22, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just won the sequel to Sand. So, I thought, I probably better read the first one. I loved Hugh Howey's trilogy, Silo. I thoroughly enjoyed this book too. Some readers were disappointed, because this is targeted towards young adults. I was not, as It is as gritty and dismal in it's depiction of our dour future, as he any "adult" post-apocalyptic novel that I've read.

It is a grim forecast. Everyone in two tiny towns, in what was once the United States, lives a subsistence lifestyle. Their primar
Eamon Ambrose
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sand has a very different feel to Wool. It's a much grittier (sorry!) affair in many ways reversing the dynamic. We now have an open environment and a totally disorganised and essentially lawless society where characters fend for themselves, one dusty day at a time. It has a much more adult feel dealing with sexual themes and gory comeuppances and is littered with more swear words than you may be used to from this author but this fits perfectly with the world Howey has once again expertly built ...more
Aug 11, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022, sci-fi
The good: I won a giveaway of “Across the Sand”, the sequel to this novel which will be released in October. The bad, well, is really not so bad: this first novel, “Sand”, did not exactly hold my interest. Certain elements are not believable, and the feel of the book leans towards YA, even if it wasn't meant to. I shouldn't compare it to the quality I found in Hugh Howey's “Silo Series”, but it's also hard not to. Not a full review here. I will probably say more after reading the sequel. ...more
Neil Hepworth
About three months ago, my Science Fiction Lit. class and I had the opportunity to interview Hugh Howey. During the interview, naturally, we started talking about his upcoming projects and publications, and he offered some really good advice about his then, as of yet, unpublished novel Sand: don’t read it. It was, according to him, too dark, too vulgar, and too different from Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1). So, don’t waste your time - don't bother, don’t read it.. he said. Naturally, his telling a clas ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from Hugh Howey who has now joined my list of favourite authors. Like Wool this is a kind of post apocalyptic thriller with some great original ideas. The descriptions of sand diving were brilliant and kept the reader permanently on edge wondering if each individual would survive. The characters were drawn well and as for the ending - loved it! This book could be stand alone or the first of a series. Either way it was exceptionally good.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, this Hugh guy is pretty alright. I've made it no real secret that I adore the Silo Series - I felt it was one of the most creative, haunting and visceral stories I've ever read - a series that stays with you, like, inside you, deep inside. In your feeling (I only have one). With Sand, Howey has created ANOTHER world in the same ilk - haunting, emotional, gloomy. And, like the Silo books, Sand will stick with me for a while.

Sand follows a down-on-their-luck family of sand divers in a future C
Aug 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I haven’t read Hugh Howey’s Silo series, so I can’t say how this series compares to that one. However, if this page-turner is any indicator of his other works, then I really need to get to them soon. Sand is a book that reads fast, but it still packs some punches and has all the deep emotional pulls of a well crafted post-apocalyptic type of story with a great family of characters.
Executive Summary: While not as good as Wool I'd put it about on par with Shift and Dust.

Audio book: Karen Chilton is a fine but mostly unexceptional reader. However I listened at 1.3x speed, which I don't normally do, so that may played into it slightly.

She's clear and easy to understand, but didn't really add or detract from the story itself.

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In his first book book since finishing his Silo trilogy, Mr. Howey does a good job creating another interesting post-apocalyptic world. How
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
A firm 2.5 if I was permitted.

The last status update probably says it best. Started out great, finished OK, but staggered around a bit drunkenly in the middle. Also a few awkward, overly graphic scenes that felt out of place. I don't want to say "uncomfortable," since I wasn't offended at all, but they just seemed over-the-top compared to the overall tone of the rest of the book. In particular; the scenes depicting Dystopian Mom-prostitutes's after-sex, rustic contraceptive routines?... just pla
Cheyenne Blue
There’s a trend among some Indie authors to take their story and serialize it like a TV show. While I respect their right to do this, personally, I’m not a fan. I see the marketing reasons for this, and as a writer who wants to make money from my writing, it makes a lot of sense. But as a reader, I’m not enthused. Sure, I’ve read some serializations and enjoyed them greatly, but, given the choice, I would rather acquire a book, knowing that “The End” means exactly that.

Part of my aversion is I d
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
**actual rating 3.5**

...... .there wouldn't BE world hunger if you people would live where the FOOD IS! YOU LIVE IN A DESERT!! UNDERSTAND THAT? YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT!! NOTHING GROWS HERE! NOTHING'S GONNA GROW HERE! Come here, you see this? This is sand. You know what it's gonna be 100 years from now? IT'S GONNA BE SAND!! YOU LIVE IN A FUCKING DESERT! We have deserts in America, we just don't live in them, assholes!" - Sam Kinison

Unfortunately moving out of the desert isn't an option for t
Thomas Cardin
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am going to review this hard, because I can feel the sand in my shorts. Four stars because its Hugh and its good, and despite my grit filled thoughts, it was a fine read.

First off I am going to stand by what I said at the 50% mark; Sand was written as a vehicle to put the reader into as many scenes of claustrophobic asphyxiation as possible. If you can come up for air long enough to realize you are being played, it's only mildly distracting.

I think there were too many characters, too many poin
D. Robert Pease
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed SAND quite a bit, but wasn't quite as blown away as I was with WOOL. I never felt as invested in the characters, partly because Howey jumped around quite a bit. He stayed within the same family, but there never seemed to be enough time spent in one POV. I was also a bit surprised at the direction he took in the later sections. I was really interested in this whole diving for lost treasure thing, and he really built that up, but then kind of threw the concept under the bus later. I won' ...more
Alyssa Allen
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever thought of what will define the world hundreds of years from now? What it might look or sound like? What life would be like? Personally, I have never given it much thought, until I read "Sand".

"Sand", written by Hugh Howey, answers all of these questions in his science fiction thriller. Told through the perspective of a family that lives on the dune filled Earth, we are able to experience the daily turmoil that occupies their lives. The world is war torn and crippled. It lacks the
Daniel Barnett
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hugh Howey has heart.

His talent is a given at this point--not to mention his imagination and work ethic, judging by the rate at which he puts out quality work--but it is his heart that truly elevates his writing and, I think, defines his style.

He doesn't simply tell the story. He bleeds it. There are passages in Sand where--pardon the unintentional pun--the sentence structure erodes. Descriptions become fragmented, chaotic. Clipped and fragmented thoughts flow into paragraphs with hardly a peri
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok. It's pretty much blasphemy to say this, but I truly felt that Sand was even better than Wool. Every time I think Hugh Howey has hit his stride, he puts something out that elevates his writing even more. His character development is masterful, as always. His world-building is top notch, and he has written another Sci-Fi classic. I'm just blown away at how he makes me care so damn much about the people in his head. This was a more mature offering from Howey, but it wasn't gratuitous. The more ...more
Bernard Jan
I made a mistake I shouldn’t repeat. Silo Trilogy by Hugh Howey impressed me so much that I compared Sand to it when I started reading it. Which was a big no-no. Once I freed myself from the fantastic Wool-Shift-Dust series’ influence, I enjoyed Sand to the fullest. I realize I wasn’t fair because Sand is an excellent book, and it deserved its chance. And I’m glad I gave it that chance because it absorbed me like the living sand that swallows everything. Hugh Howey delighted me again! This was a ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
Two and a half gritty, sand-filled stars.

A world covered in sand. Cities buried hundreds of metres below, in silent sandy graves. Fortunately for the people of this land there are plenty of things to salvage from its sandy depths. Sand divers risk their lives to "dive" down to these cities, making a living from the loot they find there. Unfortunately, that is about the only positive of living in such a desolate world. The land is harsh and unforgiving. The community battles daily against the ev
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Update - I just read on Twitter that HH is working on a sequel. Finally!!

Original review:
I find myself torn on the rating I want to give this book. The problem I have is that I don't know if this is the first in a series of omnibuses like in the Wool/Silo series. If it's done, totally finished, then I would give it a three. If it's just the beginning, then it is a five. I just have so many questions at this point. Entirely too many for a complete story.

As for the story itself, it was written by
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up at a car boot sale for £1!
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Sand is one of those high concept thought experiment stories so beloved in Science Fiction, a modern-day "what if?" story that dares to ask a very difficult question but then succeeds or fails on the answer it provides. In this respect, the book quite possibly fails because in the end the sum of its parts didn't add up to a whole. (view spoiler) ...more
Liam || Books 'n Beards
Ugh. I could not finish this.

This book made me so sad, because I absolutely loved the Silo trilogy. Sand, however, was a chore to sit through - however much of it I did. The starting concept - the world is buried in sand and there's these sand divers who, you know, dive in the sand, is real neat - but this both isn't explored enough, and can't save the rest of it.

Incredibly awkward, unlikable characters and dialogue, unbelievable dialogue moreover, and just... I don't even know, I'm just so disa
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I really wanted to like Sand more than I actually did, as I loved SO MUCH the "Silo" Series by this author (it simply was a masterpiece).
With Sand, it initially looked to me like Howey managed to create another similarly haunting, gloomy and gripping world: after devouring the first 50 pages, I was totally into it, I was completely into the story and curious where Howey was going to take his characters.
The storyline is well developed, the characters are nuanced and credible in their contradict
Timothy Ward
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished Sand this morning and was surprised to find a tear. I've wanted to cry from reading a book before, and did at the end of listening to 11/22/63, but never have while reading someone else's fiction. Sand Omnibus did that. I'm not sure I could give a stronger recommendation. Sand is King of the Hill for 2014's reading crops, and while it's early, I expect it to be up there for a good while.

Full review at Adventures in Scifi Publishing: http://www.adventuresinscifipublishin...
Justin Brendel
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I tried my hardest not to compare this book to the Silo trilogy, but I ended up doing that anyways. Sand just lacked something for me. Maybe locations felt weak to me, and I couldn't attach myself to the settings. Silo trilogy had a vivid world painted that I felt. OK, enough comparing.

I wanted the story to hold more on Palmer once he found Danvar. I wanted him to be trapped for longer, stewing on how to plot the escape. But then, a mysterious stranger appeared conveniently, which provided him a
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