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Beacon 23 Hardcover – Illustrated, February 9, 2016
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HUGH HOWEY is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Wool, Shift, Dust, Beacon 23, Sand, and Machine Learning. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than three million copies worldwide. Wool and Beacon 23 are currently in development for television at AMC, and Sand is in development at Amazon.When Hugh is not aboard the Wayfinder, a fifty-foot catamaran that he is sails around the world, he is based in New York.
- Publisher : John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harco; Illustrated edition (February 9, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544839609
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544839601
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.97 x 8 inches
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I expected a sci-fi dystopic future along the lines of the Wool Olmnibus. However, what I got as I delved deeper into Beacon 23 was a magnificent and mind-numbing exploration of the human mind and human nature - naked and raw in all its beauty and shortcomings.
Howey, in a straightforward and effotless manner, digs deep into the very fabric of human emotions. The entire novel serves a single purpose: to allow the author to pose a grand question. A beautiful and inspiring question.
Some might say that the tone of this novel is too dark and gloomy, albeit I found myself laughing out loud at certain points. I hope those who would say that stuck to the end of the book and were rewarded by the feeling of hope and peace which pervaded my thoughts as I put my kindle down. I honesly hope you will agree and that Hugh Howey continues surprising us with his writing.
Other events further develop the character, eventually allowing Digger to work through much of his social awkwardness and develop a real relationship with another beacon monitor, a girl who arrives as a tuner aboard a new beacon for his sector. She too is a war veteran, and through her, Digger realizes that isolation is not the answer to his troubles. Furthermore, despite efforts to keep away from the war, it arrives in his sector, forcing Digger into actions and making decisions that truly affect the universe.
Although all the characters could use more development, Hugh Howey has produced a good tale that handles the PTSD crisis veterans face without making them appear "broken." Digger is still a soldier, still much in control of himself and his work, still very human. Howey's character has the potential for growth through additional novels, spinning off from the situation presented in the Epilogue. I don't really care for serial novels, but there is such a potential for Digger that I would purchase at least the next in the series (assuming there is one) just to see what happens.
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Not a large book but riveting. A completely different style from 'Wool', with quite a bit of coarse humour throughout. It had me laughing out loud in places and quietly engrossed in others.
Following the next career of a famous war veteran, who after his experiences just wants to quietly sit in a deep-space 'lighthouse', far away from any regular contact. Unfortunately events just seem to happen to him and eventually the war he tried to forget also catches up.
It can be moving at times, as his PTSD comes to the fore at times and the description of the old, squalid craft he occupies can be cringe-worthy at times.
Not what I was expecting, having read the Wool books but all the more enjoyable because of that.
It's difficult for me to say what the author is really trying to say. Our hero in this story, is a bit of a lost and troubled soul. Somewhat abandoned in his beacon/lighthouse station in some God forsaken sector of space. There is an interstellar war going on, which no side seems to be winning. Some bounty hunters and our heros lost love. It all seems to come right in the end but it takes a while for the story to get there. So I can't in all good sense give it to many stars.
The tale of a lonely space station / beacon that will have you hooked if you like sci-fi with well developed characters that feel human and real in their emotions and aspirations.