Jan 19

Reading Updates

It’s time for some reading updates, as well as updates to what I’m writing, watching, and playing.

Reading Updates from Raven Oak, including The Hurricane by Hugh HoweyWith the release of Amaskan’s Blood and the promotion that goes with a book publication, I’m woefully behind on my reading!

I read and finished Hugh Howey‘s book, The Hurricane, which is a sweet little YA book about the role of technology in our lives, especially during natural disasters. I didn’t realize when I bought it that it was YA.

While I mostly read SF/F, I have been known to read and enjoy YA in that genre, especially when it has intricate world building (such as Harry Potter or Hunger Games).

This book, while well-developed, felt a bit too generic at times. There was little in it to stand out among the thousands of other general YA books out there, which is sad because I’m used to excellent world building from Hugh Howey.

The role of technology exists in the beginning & end of the novel, but towards the middle, it loses its focus a bit and becomes more about the character relationships than about the missing technology. I feel like both could have been the focus through the entire novel, and it would have added a bit more meat to a very short novel.

The novel is still a great read. There are a few typos and such, but nothing that detracts from the storytelling.  It was a fast read as well at 226 pages.

About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.