We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.
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The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.
Welcome to the world of Sand, the first new novel from New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey since his publication of the Silo Saga. Unrelated to those works, which looked at a dystopian world under totalitarian rule, Sand is an exploration of lawlessness. Here is a land ignored. Here is a people left to fend for themselves. Adjust your ker and take a last, deep breath before you enter.
Sand collects all five parts into a single novel. This story is not related to Wool. It is a standalone and a perfect first work of mine to check out. The cover art is by Jason Gurley, and the interior includes artwork by Ben Adams. I’ve never been more proud of a printed work in my entire life.
The story is about family and about societies that need help but get ignored. Inspired by today’s headlines and also by the sort of familial strife that we’re all familiar with, I think this might be my most powerful work to date. I hope you enjoy.