I read Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy a few years ago, and loved it so much I felt too much trepidation to read another of his books, incase it didn't live up to the same expectations. After a few lackluster reads I decided it was time to read more by an author I find intriguing. The Shell Collector is an ecological dystopian novel with a difference. I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading it, it's different to the style of Wool in many ways (it's minus the Wool similarity to Game of Thrones of characters suddenly falling off this mortal coil), but it's excellent in its own way.
This is only my fourth Howey book (if you count the Wool trilogy individually), therefore I don't have many comparisons as to how this measures up to his usual style. I did read other reviews online before I bought this, with some commentators not impressed that this had a romance storyline running through it and romance is their least favourite genre. I read most genres, so this didn't worry me, and in comparison to other books the romance is negligible for the first 50% of the book. However, I can understand how some of the fans of Wool who avoid the romance genre may feel luke warm towards this book, and that if you don't particularly enjoy romance storylines and are only a die hard dystopian fan, then this book may not be your cup of tea.
The concept of the story is set at some undetermined (the year is revealed at one later on point in the book, but not the century) point in the future, where the oceans are dying, marine and bird life bordering on extinction and sea levels rising at rapid rates. Seashells have become rare and invaluable collectors items, with most of the worlds beaches pillaged clean of them.
He doesn't go into too much detail about how this is affecting human life and people still seem to be living relatively normal existences, just with the threat of a world heading into a climate meltdown with the sea levels rising and mass extinction of animals/mammals/sea life. Given what is happening today, this is a believable and scary storyline which grips the reader and makes you wonder if the damage our own planet is undergoing is reversible. It's not set so far into the future and is not so much dystopian fiction, as this could actually be us in another 50-100 years non fiction unless something changes.
I won't say too much more about the premise of the book - that is easily read on the description - apart from the story revolves around a female reporter who finds herself investigating and interviewing the rich, powerful, yet elusive man (the heir of a huge oil drilling corporation) whose family she deems responsible for much of the damage caused to the oceans.
The plot is simple, yet riveting. Probably because it is easy to imagine this world actually occurring in not so many years in the future. It would be a perfect beach read for the northern hemisphere summer (it's winter here in the southern half), with vivid descriptions of beaches, crashing waves and sea shells.
I give this book 4.5 stars, although because of the ratings system, I'll round it up to 5 rather than down to 4. Hugh's shown he can be an author with diversity in his writing style by trying out new genres and has produced another super interesting book touching on topical matters.
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 3789 KB
- 推定ページ数： 223 ページ
- 同時に利用できる端末数: 無制限
- 出版社: Broad Reach Publishing (2014/12/14)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B00PY6CSNM
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 310
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