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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue by Hugh Howey
Book Review

After reading the Wool series, some of the most brilliant books I've ever read, it's hard to go back to this one and read it without comparing them but that would not be fair. I don't know if this is the first book Hugh Howey ever wrote, but it is the first one he published. I wasn't crazy about this book, but for a first novel it was pretty darn good.

It was a romp through space with lots of exciting stuff and cool characters with some big problems. I loved the first third of the book or so. All the right pieces were there and this book does a lot, but somewhere in the middle it lost me for a while. It didn't grab me again until near the end. I guess I would say that I felt like I was reading a story instead of experiencing it with the characters. There were moments I thought were cool and exciting. There were interesting characters, but it took me until the last part of the book to really dig it. That said I did come to love the characters and at the end you can't help but want to read the next book the way he wraps it all up.

I'm sure that the second book in the series, Molly Fyde and the Land of Light, will be even better because I already know how great of a writer Hugh has come to be. He's easily one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read all the things he writes. In the mean time he already has a sizable back catalog. Maybe that's why Wool was so good, because in the span of just a few years the dude wrote like 7 books before he penned Wool! That is pretty incredible. I'm glad I picked this one up while waiting for Dust. I look forward to the next one.

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