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Daniel Stillman has 42 Facebook friends. His cell phone contains 18 contacts, two of them for pizza delivery. Six people follow him on Twitter. Four readers subscribe to his blog; he's pretty sure one of them followed him on accident.

And now a category 5 storm is about to wipe all this away.

In its wake will be left a single girl, a neighbor he never knew, and a reprieve from the digital maelstrom of his life, a great silence like the eye of some terrific storm.

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The Hurricane
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there is a lot more here than i expected
March 24th, 2015
Hugh Howey has great reach. Each work I have read by this author stands on its own merits. While I am reading them I can see and smell and hear what his characters are experiencing. Very much set in the here and now, this story of the before, during, and aftermath of a devastating hurricane gives us a window into how fragile the infrastructure we depend on is and how resilient family and community can be. And, of course, as in any novel with a teen protagonist there is the search for identity, acceptance, and love.
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good start
July 22nd, 2014
interesting but could have had more meat
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Not Wool...
July 23rd, 2013
...but just as good in it's own way. This is the story of Daniel Stilman who finds himself, finds love and finds peace in the aftermath of a hurricane: or rather, several hurricanes. The digital hurricane of texting, social media, and recorded TV, which means that nobody actually lives in current reality. The confusing maelstrom of high school cliques and elites; none of which he feels part of. The internal whirlwind of his adolescent emotions and his stormy and unsettled family life as well as the actual hurricane that tears apart his home-town. As ever, with Hugh Howey, the characters are clearly but sparingly drawn so that you seem to know them without feeling overwhelmed by description. Similarly the action, particularly the emotions and fear as the hurricane rages are almost cinematic in their clarity. I thoroughly enjoyed this book which, despite it's dramatic premise, is, actually, a sweet and touching coming-of-age/love story with a happy ending.
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