What’s on tap for your summer reading? Not that summer has any more time for relaxation, but you’ll need something for the beach. Here’s the first three on my list:
Shift is volume 2 of Hugh Howey‘s Silo Saga. The first book was a record-breaking bestseller in sci-fi’s dystopian/apocalyptic subgenre (yes, there is a difference between the two, but there is overlap as well). Part 2 promises to fill in the history prior to Wool.
…robots smaller than human cells [created] to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate…A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity’s broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened.
Heir of Hope concludes Morgan Busse‘s Follower of the Word fantasy trilogy. This series gave me hope that there is still a lot of great fantasy stories to be told and I look forward to seeing how the series concludes (and probably will wish Ms. Busse will continue it someday).
The great city of Thyra has fallen and shadows spread across the land. Rowen Mar, the last Truthsayer, is taken before the Shadonae. But the Shadonae are not who she thought they were, and now they want to claim her as their own.
The Name of the Wind the first in a trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss, has been much-talked about in the fantasy world. Only a few pages in and the book has my attention (always a good sign).
…a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic…
Categories: Books, Fiction
Tags: fantasy, Follower of the Word, Heir of Hope, Hugh Howey, morgan l busse, patrick rothfuss, sci-fi, Shift, Silo Saga, The Name of the Wind, Wool
Bradbury. Huxley. Orwell. They all wrote, each in their own way, about the corruption of those given power. It is the belief of those few that they know what is best for the many. Their desire to shape and control your life. Their increasing ability to pull the wool over your eyes.
And that is where Hugh Howey’s Wool steps in and joins the classics of these other writers.
A dead Earth in the future where everyone lives underground. The residents of Silo 18 are all that are left. Their underground city must all work together to survive. No one can leave the Silo. Death comes quick in the old world. But there are rumors of the past. What came before? What happened on the surface? Is it the destiny of man to live under the Earth forever? And why must people be sent out to preform the Cleanings, never to return?
Some of the residents dare brave ask those questions and risk their lives. The answers are disturbing, but will they also change the future? Or will they condemn it?
Howey’s book is a cautionary tale that will become a classic of Sci-Fi’s subgenre of post-apocalyptic fiction. In an era of ever-growing power in the hands of the few, it is a tale that needs to be told.
It is also a story of how the human spirit can never be suppressed forever.