Review of Beacon 23

March 26, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review of Beacon 23Beacon 23: The Complete Novel by Hugh Howey
Published by CreateSpace on August 12th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 254
Format: Audiobook
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For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. In the 23rd century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to.

Beacon 23 is a novella about an ex-military man stationed on a gravity beacon that enables shipping and transit routes during a war with an alien species.

The story was quite interesting and enjoyable. It dealt with war, loneliness, romance, and morality. However, it was very short, it had a strange subplot about a rock that didn’t add anything to the story, and the profanity was a bit much. But overall, I liked it.

For the audiobook, the narrator did a great job with no misses.


About Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. It wasn’t until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures, rather than literal ones. Hugh wrote and self-published his first adult novel, Wool, which won rave reviews and praise from readers. Dust is the final part of the trilogy. Hugh lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.

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