The ocean is dying The sea is growing warmer and is gradually rising Seashells have become so rare that collecting them is now a national obsession Flawless specimens sell like priceless works of art Families hunt the tideline in the dark of night with flashlights Crowds gather on beaches at the lowest of tides, hoping to get lucky Supreme among these collectors is NThe ocean is dying The sea is growing warmer and is gradually rising Seashells have become so rare that collecting them is now a national obsession Flawless specimens sell like priceless works of art Families hunt the tideline in the dark of night with flashlights Crowds gather on beaches at the lowest of tides, hoping to get lucky Supreme among these collectors is Ness Wilde, CEO of Ocean Oil Ness owns many of the best beaches, and he keeps them to himself It s his fault the world turned out this way And I aim to destroy him My name is Maya Walsh You might be familiar with my shelling column in the Times I was working on a series of pieces about Mr Wilde, when out of the blue, he called He says he wants to talk But I don t think he s going to like what I have to say.
I have read 11 of this author’s books… ELEVEN… so clearly I am a fan of his work. But with this one I could not feel the unique magic he always weaves around his stories.Kudos to Mr Howey for trying something new and write outside his comfort zone but the problem I have with romance novels is that 99% of them follow the same predictable recipe and this one was no exception:1) Our male lead is devilishly attractive, highly successful/rich/damaged but with a heart of gold under his cold pers [...]
Hugh Howey is one of my favourite authors of science fiction but in this book he ventures into the genre of Romance - not one of my favourites by a long shot! So I approached this book with some trepidation. As it turns out the science fiction is still there the story being set in a world where the oceans have been ruined and shells have become something precious. This was good. However the romance was so horribly predictable that I would be quite prepared to discover Howey was having a joke at [...]
Hugh Howey, you're not unlike an octopus. Your tentacles not only have the potential to reach out across genres, but also have enviable grasping power. And oh, just to stretch this out --- all that romance in the "The Shell Collector" is too much for one heart; you too, my friend, have three hearts.Okay, with that lame attempt to laud Howey, let me be a bit more sensible and say, "Kudos!".Howey successfully ventured into the steamy land of romance with this book, but he didn't leave his own fami [...]
I have very mixed feelings about this book. Hugh took a crack at romance, and maybe underestimated the genre. I'm a huge Hugh fan, so this is hard to write, but he left a lot of unanswered questions. Did Maya just abandon her career with the New York Times to live with Ness and write a book? How did she get out of her assignment with the FBI? Though I think passion can develop quickly between a man and a woman, especially in a book, I'm not sold on the quick attachment between Maya and Ness's tw [...]
This has got to be one of the most boring messes ever disseminated via kilobytes. First, let's get one thing straight: THIS ISN'T A ROMANCE. It's not women's fiction. It's not a convincing dystopian-set novel. The science in it is laughably bad, so it's not SF. It's good for several laughs, however.All the reviews blaming the genre for the book's suckage? You missed the sole culprit: the book sucks because the writing sucks. But thanks, Hugh Howey. By using the most hackneyed, eye rolling cliche [...]
This could have been much moreHH writes books that suck you into the story. You feel for the characters. This books subject matter could've done the same. Our heroine has more baggage than a freshman going to go off to college. She does not elevate herself to hero status. We do not learn how Ness and his ancestors became scoundrels but that they were despised by society. There is no adventure here. Basically this is a so so romance novel with several very good moral and philosophical lines.
Fifty Shades of Shells. Well not quite but still a strange shift for Hugh Howey to move form his post apocalyptic scifi to something a bit softer and with a strong romance theme in there.Still post apocalyptic to some degree but a much smaller slower apocalypse, basically set in the near future where sea levels and temperatures have risen by quite a bit , but aside form that a lot of its the same just with most life in the sea wiped out and shells highly collectable and expensive because of this [...]
If you're looking for a sci fi fix, this is not it. If you're looking to step out and try something a little different, you've found it. Howey's love for the ocean and concern for our environment shines through and he gives it to you in an easily digestible way. He also gives you a love story to round it out. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because I figured out where this story was going and how it would end; I like to be surprised.
4.5 starsThis was nothing at all like any previous Hugh Howey book I've read thus far. More a romance and character study than an apocalyptic recovery story, it was very well-written. The narrator was perfect for the story, too, and the Audible version was very well done.
Not typical Hugh Howey fareo much like a romance novel which is just not my thing.
The Shell Collector not my cup of teaI was mesmerized and immediately drawn in to the beginning of this story. The promise of a time when things in the world were not like they used to be -- Discovering and finding sea shells that have all but disappeared in the world. A top notch reporter working on stories to uncover the real truth behind the oil family who for generations may have caused the demise of the sea wildlife. Then suddenly, the story takes a big left turn and the story gets lost in [...]
Hugh Howey invents curious, future worlds where people live and work for centuries in silos beneath a toxic surface (Wool, Shift, and Dust). Worlds where people surf over deserts that have smothered cities, diving in as survival warrants the pilfering of long-abandoned wares (Sand). And, more contiguous, where people face the predicament of rising waters and coastlines creeping into the sea.Okay—so in none of Howey’s worlds would anyone want to live. But once you start reading, you never wan [...]
OK, you're going to have to forgive me but this review is going to be almost entirely political. If that's not your thing, here's the short version.This book is a major departure from Sand Omnibus (which I've read) and Wool (which I've heard about but haven't read yet). Both were action-oriented, post-apocalyptic novels. By contrast, The Shell Collector is near-future sci-fi to the point of not really being sci-fi at all. It's also more experimental, in the sense that it is working much harder a [...]
I probably would have given this book 2 stars had the jacket description actually described what the book was about however, it was entirely misleading. This is a romance book, and a boring one at that, although, I will be the first to admit that I have no interest in the genre to begin with. The description led me to believe that this was going to be some kind of dystopian mystery. It was not. Don't fool yourself if you think it will be because you will be sorely disappointed. For clarity, I ge [...]
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 Throne [...]
I am angry at Hugh Howey for luring me into an atrocious romance novel when he promised a semi-dystopian crime. Why would you do this to me Hugh? You betrayed me! Now, any time I read one of your books, I have to ask myself if this is a romance in disguise. Before I begin, a brief synopsis of how the novel begins its plot. Maya Walsh, a journalist , is writing about the family of Ness Wilde, who is incredibly rich due to oil and his massive shell collection. The world is flooded, and shells are [...]
Another Hugh Howey book. Another vision of the future. This time out, however, the future isn’t so bleak and isn’t a terrifying place to be. In fact, in The Shell Collector, the world he’s created has been decimated by rising sea levels, but the story is bright and hopeful, a stark contrast to the previous trips to the future we’ve taken with him. I really enjoyed The Shell Collector as a speculative fiction romance, featuring Maya Walsh as the intrepid reporter, trying to unearth the tr [...]
I've been a massive Hugh Howey fan since a friend insisted I read the best-selling dystopian series, Wool. I asked the same question so many people ask me, 'Why is it called Wool?' I received the same answer I always give, 'Read the book!'. To answer that question would be to give away one of the greatest openings to a book I've ever read. So, The Shell Collector was always a book I was going to read. What I didn't expect was to feel such a strong affinity for it.Unlike his other darker works of [...]
In Wool, Shift, and Dust, Hugh Howey showed us his mastery of a future in which humanity has caused it's own downfall. He told complicated stories of a far future that we can deflect as being truly fiction. In the shell collector, Howey tells a less dramatic yet much more disturbing tale of a not so distant future. This future is more disturbing, not because of it's magnitude, but because it is such a believable extrapolation of todays world.The shell collector tells the story of a NY Times repo [...]
Wow, I loved the Silo books, but this was unfortunately an incredible FAIL.Although the premise of the book is to present a future greatly impacted by climate change, the reader comes away with the impression that there are only a few inconveniences: flooding (but we can invest in big projects to protect large cities and people on the coasts have to move, big deal) and wildlife extinction (leading to the main character's unconvincing nostalgic thoughts about the disappearance of shell fish and o [...]
don't expect this book to be anything like the silo or sand series. it's a romance story with a bit of an ecological disaster twist. i read it all the way because i love Howey's writing, bute scientific setting for the story is flawed in my opinion, the male character is not believable, and the ending predictable after a point. it's not that i particularly look at characters when i read howey. rather, it's the idea, the vision, the gloomy story and setting, the suspense and mystery, the action t [...]
I am a HUGE fan of Hugh Howey's books. I've adored Wool/Silo series and Sand enormously and whilst I admire him venturing into a new genre this, this is disappointing.The romance is so predicable for reasons already explained in detail by other reviewers. And the crying, there is so much crying in this book and the depiction of the female character made me want to cry.
I wanted to love it, but could barely stand it. the premise for the storyline was a great concept. the main character was so cliche. a broken, but strong woman who immediately falls for the rich handsome guy, who may or may not be evil. there was promise, but the insipid, implausible love story that took over ruined it for me.
Not the typical Hugh Howey dystopian read but it was captivating from start to finish.
So this one was possibly my least favorite Hugh Howey book to date. I don't know quite how to pinpoint an exact reason as to why that is, but I just felt like it fell short a bit when it comes to the characters. I wasn't incredibly compelled by the main character. The story was alright, interesting enough a concept of a flooded world. The idea of shell collecting, alright, I can see it, but. Meh. It's not a bad book it's just that I've come to expect so much from every Hugh Howey book I dunno it [...]
This book is like nothing else Hugh Howey has written so don't read it expecting WOOL or SAND. Hugh describes this as 1/3 dystopia, 1/3 romance, 1/3 environmental mystery. One of my personal barometers of an excellent writer is the ability to write in mutiple genres and Hugh certainly proves that ability in The Shell Collector. I finished this book with tears in my eyes. My biggest complaint would be that I wanted MORE. I did not want it to end, I wanted more details about Maya's parents, and I [...]
2.5 stars. I applaud Howey for stretching his narrative comfort zones, but this relied too much on coincidence and on the reader not questioning the characters' motivations. Lots of loose ends that emphasised the fact that the romance was primary and the kind of cool dystopian stuff was very secondary; perhaps if the book were longer, both could be allowed to shine. There just wasn't enough info on how the collapse of the marine ecosystem had affected the foodchain, or how the sea level rise aff [...]
3-1/2 stars rounding up to 4 for . I was given the opportunity to read The Shell Collector prior to the release date of 12/14/14. I jumped at the chance because I loved Hugh Howey's Wool series. The Shell Collector is entirely different from Wool. This is a romantic mystery adventure filled with lush oceanfront and underwater scenes that made me wish I was experiencing these locations firsthand. The adventure, made possibly by the wealth of Ness Wilde, was spectacular. The mystery of Ness' motiv [...]
If you're thinking about dropping this book, do it! This is a sugary romance story disguised as a book about the dying sea and a reporter trying to unmask a villain. I stayed to the bitter end because I was curious if it would get any worse: it doesn't, it's just a mediocre romance novel all the way.Recommended if you want to read YET ANOTHER story about a rich and mysterious man and the plucky and sensitive reporter who meets him and (surprise!!!) falls for him.Not recommended if you expect ful [...]
First let me say I typically don't read the descriptions of Hugh's book, I just drive right in. But starting this book and reading the line about cancer not running but chasing her family hit too close to home with having just lost two family members in two years to this terrible disease. But I continued to read on. It took a minute to get into but ended up loving it. Say what you will about not being a good book due to romance or what have you but it's Hugh everything he writes is his own. I'm [...]