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The Stranded by Hugh Howey
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Fantastic ending to this series of WOOL installments. I had a few quibbles with the ending, which explains the four stars, but really, I enjoyed this book so much for the themes it explored (of alliance, truth, and connection) and the amazing characterization. Howey makes us care deeply about multiple characters, so the action scenes are much heightened in impact.

I would have liked to linger on the ending longer -- see a few more loose ends played out rather than summarily wrapped up. After being so intimate with these characters, the closing felt a little abrupt. And the startling resolution turns on the decision of a character that we know almost nothing about . . . so I felt distanced from it in a way that was unusual for this story.

I have to say, my favourite scenes were when Howey sunk deep into detailed description -- of the staircase, the mayor's knitting, bubbles like solder -- filtered through a character's thoughts and feelings.

I look forward to reading more from Howey's body of work!
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