My theories as far as Danvar have been confirmed, but I still won’t give it away, just in case you want to find out for yourself.
In this installment of the Sand series, we find our characters coming into seemingly chance meetings. Vic has run away from a terrible brawl that left her boyfriend dead. She’s obviously upset, but knows there are people trying to kill her. There are also people after her brother Palmer and she has to find him. She takes her sarfer out into the desert, it’s kind of a sand surfing vehicle, and looks for her brother. When she finds an emaciated frame, she knows it’s her brother. He looks terrible and he desperately needs water and food.
Meanwhile, back in the city, Rose is at her brothel, then all of a sudden, her two youngest children walk in with a little girl. The girl is about the age of her son Rob, but she’s sick and injured. She’s dehydrated. The boys tell their mother that she referred to their father as her father. Rose is suspicious of this, but accepts it quite readily, it seems just like the thing her no-good husband would do. He just up and left the family almost twelve years before then had another kid. The girl is in bad shape, her name is Violet.
When Palmer is rejuvenated just a bit, he tells his sister what he found. He tells her that Hap is dead. He tells her about Danvar and what is down there. He brought a map back up. The map is a blue print to a treasure-trove of scavengable goodies. Palmer also tells her something terrible. The men who went down to Danvar brought something back up that would destroy the two nearby cities. Vic knows they have to warn the people of the towns before this terrible thing happens even if people are after both she and Palmer.
Rose doctors Violet up enough and Violet is able to relay her tale. She traveled many days to reach the city. The raggedy clothes she was wearing was a homemade dive suit. Her father had sent her. The little girl explained what went on in the place she came from. There was water, but you couldn’t drink it. They were made slaves. They had to mine things out of the earth. All the sand came from the mining process. That was why the people in the desert towns suffered, but it was worse there. Everyone was skinny and sick. Before Rose really has a chance to do anything, sand comes from nowhere.
What I liked
I get the feeling that maybe Hugh doesn’t like fracking. Hugh’s books seem to have this message in them. In the Wool series, we kind of get that Hugh thinks people shouldn’t be intentionally polluting the environment. We get this big warning against letting a select few have control over what goes into our air and water. That’s cool and all. Hugh also seems to have taken the same stance here. A portion of a certain state has been turned into a desert because of mining practices. I’m not going to reveal what state this is, but let me go ahead and tell you, it would be largely impossible to turn it into a desert except in extreme circumstances, which is what we have in this series. This is something of a cautionary tale.
There was a period in the history of United States when poor farming practices led to a very large swath of the country being turned into dust. We called it the Dust Bowl. People just up and left their farms because they couldn’t farm dust and sand. It was a very devastating time for many people. They had to leave their homes and search for new place to live and to work. Hugh is taking a page from history when he writes about areas of the country being turned into dust and sand.
What I didn’t like
There isn’t much I didn’t like about this book. I do feel bad that there are seemingly these foreign overlords forcing people to mine for metals.
Good story, short, but good.
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