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Some treasure hunters will never learn.In an effort to save his wife, sand diver Rush Stenson is blackmailed into uncovering a lost city and the power behind the apocalypse. If he doesn't lock it back up, the wrong hands will use it to enslave what's left of humanity.Inspired by the world created by Hugh Howey in his novel, Sand. Written and sold with his permission, theSome treasure hunters will never learn.In an effort to save his wife, sand diver Rush Stenson is blackmailed into uncovering a lost city and the power behind the apocalypse. If he doesn't lock it back up, the wrong hands will use it to enslave what's left of humanity.Inspired by the world created by Hugh Howey in his novel, Sand. Written and sold with his permission, the Sand Divers books are a stand alone duology loved by fans for its "breakneck pace...(and) under sand knife fight," "great special effects," and "endearing characters that kept me wanting for more".This cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic thriller is an ideal fit for fans of Blake Crouch ( Wayward Pines), Nicholas Sansbury Smith ( Trackers), D.J. Molles ( The Remaining), Nick Cole ( The Old Man and the Wasteland) and Edward W. Robertson ( Breakers)....

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ISBN : 9781500127404
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Number of Pages : 290 Pages
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Scavenger: Evolution Reviews

  • Timothy Ward
    2018-11-22 19:13

    Now available in Kindle, audiobook and signed paperback.Podcast interviews discussing Scavenger: Evolution*Dead Robots' Society #346*Geek Radio Daily #239*Arm Cast Podcast

  • BookLoversLife
    2018-11-14 19:00

    I tend to stay away from most fan fiction stories because I've found that they just aren't that good! Not so with this book, it's based on a very popular series and author and I have to say that it's well worth the read.The world building in this was awesome and intriguing. I love the idea of the sand divers and their suits. It was interesting and unique. The characters are all well written and developed. I loved Rush. He has spent the last few years in a fog as such. Every since the death of his son, he neglects his wife and doesn't care for anything. My heart went out to him but I'm so happy he had a second chance on living. The plot is well thought out and delivered. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I loved the world and can't wait to dive back into the word the author created. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to more from this author.*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

  • Adrian
    2018-11-30 14:01

    Having just finished Godsknife Revolt by Tim C Ward I was really into his style of writing,which I would describe as a cross between non stop action and stream of consciousness. I tell you it works for me, you will seriously have to make yourself take a break from the book to draw breath. The story just whizzes along and if you're willing it'll drag you with it. Similar to Godsknife, TCW,has come up with some brilliant technological ideas and these blend into the story well,helping it along even faster. You can read the synopsis of the book yourself and I never knowingly give spoilers,however suffice to say I look forward to what DM Stenson and his wife Star get up to next,bring it on ! As a PS I do not think you have to read the books that originally created this world to thoroughly enjoy this book.

  • Ed Gosney
    2018-11-30 18:21

    I'm not sure if I've ever read a piece of fan fiction before reading the original work, but based on recommendations and the reviews here, I decided to "dive" into Scavenger: Evolution: (Sand Divers, Book One) by Timothy C. Ward. The world in this book is based on Hugh Howey's novel, Sand.Ward tells us that we don't need to read Sand first, so I took him at his word. And I found myself in a fascinating fictional world that I want to learn more about. Scavenger: Evolution is a gritty tale about a former sand diver who seems to have given up on life after the death of his son, but now gets a second chance through some troublesome circumstances. Ward's prose and description are a nice fit for this post-apocalyptic science fiction novel. I definitely enjoyed the world of Sand The last part of the novel is nonstop action, as Rush and the others are put through the grinder in this edge-of-your-seat thriller. Scavenger: Evolution is listed as Book One, and that’s good news, because this is exciting futuristic science fiction in a world you hope doesn't happen! Great job, Mr. Ward.

  • Timothy Ward
    2018-11-23 19:03

    David Robison was my top choice for narrating my novel. His performance is better than my expectations. It's an honor to be the first of many titles in his new production company, Wonderthing Studios.

  • DJ
    2018-11-14 15:24

    3.5/5 Rating Originally posted at https://mylifemybooksmyescape.wordpre... It was like a dive into quick-sand!Scavanger: Evolution is a fan-fiction book set in the world of Hugh Howey's Sand. This book is comprised of three separately published works - a novelette and two novellas. Please, don't let the mention of fan-fiction scare you off.The story is focused around our main protagonist, Rush. When we first meet Rush, he sitting down at a bar of the local brothel, where he works as a custodian. Rush used to be one of top sand-divers around, but after the death of his only son, the blaming of the wife for what happened to his son, and troubles with alcohol, and Rush seems to have given up on life and now find himself here, the lowest point.He is approached by a mysterious man at the bar, who asks Rush to perform one last dive. Rush accepts, but when he realizes that is not a mere treasure hunt, and what it is that he will be doing will have catastrophic effects, Rush has a moment of revelation and decides that he cannot go through with this and must somehow try to stop the man.In trying to stop this man Rush uncovers more than he expected and begins his quest of redemption. This journey will take him to the ends of desert, possibly uncovering the location and truth of Davnar, and finding new technology that makes a diver's suit look like child's play.Yes, this is set in Hugh Howey's world of Sand. But, no, you DO NOT NEED to be familiar with it, in order to enjoy the story. I had not read one word of Sand before, and had zero issues. Far as I can tell, the sand-diver's suit technology and the world itself are really the only the things that Tim borrows. If anything, not being familiar with Sand and seeing the sand-diver's technology for the first time made it all the better! Then for fans of Sand; the story itself is great, and you should consider it a bonus that Tim chose to tell his story in a world that you already love.Part 1 is our novelette, Red Sands. I thought that Red Sands was the best part of the book. It was a fast-paced, heart-felt story, that had me hooked from the start. Actually, I thought this novelette was amazing. What I like about (most) short fiction works, is that they have that fast-paced/compelling story, and build up connections to our characters quickly. Tim nailed this with Rush. From when we first met him, I immediately felt a sympathetic connection; felt his pain over losing his child, the blame for it that he placed on his wife, and the guilt he felt for all of this. Tim mentions that he is a character first reader, and it is very evident in his writing.Part 2 and 3 is where our novellas start. Blue Dawn picks up seconds after Red Dawn ends, and then Twin Suns does the same. To my surprise, the story really expanded from where we began - like really expands. At its heart, I still believe this a story about Rush's redemption: Trying to do good on all his wrongs and the people he hurt in his past, and live a good, proud life now, for the memory of his son. But from where we started - in that brothel - to where we start and ended in Twins... WOW! With each part the story just kept going and going, and even the plot became more complex than I was expecting. Before I knew it, we were in this secret underground facility with these insane Poseidon-suits (that make sand-diver look like meh) fighting off this crazy nano-technology! Plus, because each part is technically a separate story-short in itself, they are going to keep the blood pumping throughout.My one issue comes with some of the side character developments. In short-works, I don't except too many detailed examples of character interactions or flashbacks to reveal their motives. Just a brief example here or there to let me know what I should be feeling is sufficient. Going from a novelette to novellas as a continuous story - and not episodic - it felt like I was reading a novel, and so I couldn't help but expect that greater amount of detail with the characters.With Rush, like I said earlier, I felt an immediate connection and thought his development was excellent. My issue lies with the side character's development, and Rush's relationship with them. It felt like in part 2, Blue Dawn, Tim set out to establish these other characters and connections, showing us more of Star, Rush's wife; his friend, Avery; some other side characters; and how the people from the town feel about Rush's past and what just occurred in the town. Unfortunately it still felt...not rushed or underdeveloped, but that not enough  there. I wanted to see more of the life of Rush and Star had together, before and after their son was killed, and the exact moment when their son passed, to see how things have changed with them. We get a couple of instances where Rush and Avery reflect on their past, but those moments and stories felt brief. Same goes with the other side characters and the town's people. There is enough there to get the feelings of the characters and emotions of the moment, but it still felt like something was missing.This is where I find the pros and cons that come from tell a single novel is separate works. They are short-works, so it's right to the point, no rambling, and let's keep things going from the get go. The fact that each part picked up exactly where the prior left off, means putting these in one novel make the story-telling and plot that much more effective. But, with the exception of Rush, because it was told it was told in separate parts, it felt like some of the other character's development did suffer a bit. Instead of having the WHOLE novel for our relationships to develop, each story can only designate a brief amount of time to this cause.I wonder how this would have turned out, had Tim set out to write this Novel as whole, rather than breaking it up? For Sand Diver #2 I would prefer a novel - I think it maybe advantageous to our characters - but if it were 3 novellas again, no reason they could not be just as good if not better than a single novel. There is no saying that I won't see that moment of his son's passing, and of course as the story goes on, we will see more interaction of Rush with other character's, learn more of them as well, and out connection will naturally grow greater to them. I just think a novel to start may have sped up that process.Aside from that, you could say I was caught up in the book like a man in quick-sand! I had sympathetic and growing connection to Rush. The story just builds up and the plot got better and better with each short-story. And the technology that Tim comes up with at the end is awesome. (I think most people will find part 3, Twins Suns, to be best. The story is fast as ever there, it is where we get the Poseiden suit, and the way it ends... I just feel so much for Rush! I don't who he should be trusting!)I had a lot of fun reading this. For fans of Sand, sci-fi stories, or reader looking for a quick read on the weekend, I recommend this. I will be eagerly awaiting for Sand Divers #2 to come out.3.5/5 Rating-DJ

  • Laurel
    2018-11-26 21:02

    This story constitutes my introduction into the world of Sand. I think Hugh Howey's books just got bumped up my lengthy TBR list.Rush used to be a diver, but after losing his infant son to the sand, he aborted from life, in the process estranging his wife, Star. We meet him as a down-and-outer working in a bar. He is accosted by Warren, someone who wants a job done by a diver, by Rush specifically, and is offering money. Even in Rush's depressed state, he realises he must choose between losing his humanity and gaining it.The plot of this tale is relatively simple, but Ward adds several layers that increase the obstacles for Rush. Add the sand on top of those, and one gets a gripping tale of suspense. I loved the sand-diving sequences. Ward used words sparsely to image them, but at the same time gave one a clear idea of how the divers dive. And the complexities involved. Add to those a distracted diver dealing with some pretty big emotional issues?In short, Ward's writing is excellent. Perhaps a small portion of this comes from the fact that the world is already built, but it also comes from the fact that there was very little active worldbuilding within this story, as such. Everything is assumed, with little explanation given. I really liked that. The point wasn't belaboured, and nothing - even Ward's writing style, which is clear, precise and vivid - got in the way of the story. Much was left unsaid, leaving several questions still running around my head. Questions that beg for answers. I'll be looking forward to Ward's next book in this world!It's totally possible to read this story without having touched Hugh Howey's books - but be careful. You'll want to read those quite soon after picking this one up!

  • Janeen Ippolito
    2018-11-21 18:58

    I don’t often read dystopian fiction. However, I have a strong affinity for underdog characters. Rush Stenson is by far one of the lowest underdogs I’ve ever encountered. He starts off estranged from his wife over a past tragedy, and works cleaning a brothel, facing constant temptation to cut ties with his wife entirely and pay for one of the prostitutes. He’s washed up, out of practice at sand-diving, and very rough around the edges.What makes Rush a likable character is that he stubbornly claws his way out of the bottom, persistently resists temptation, and strives to make the right decision. He pursues redemption, even when it hurts. Even when it makes him lose face. Even when it causes physical injury. Even when it means trying to make amends with his wife, Star. Even when it means facing her wrath to save her from her own self-destructive behavior.Rush’s quest to heal his marriage relationship is the core of this book. This internal journey is coupled with an action-packed plot involving deception, betrayal, and a mysterious government facility buried beneath the sand. While author Timothy C. Ward didn’t create the concept of sand-diving–using special suits and mentally-controlled energy to ‘swim’ through and manipulate sand–he uses it very effectively in a number of high-octane action scenes. I did have some issues visualizing what Rush was trying to do when he ‘dove’, but I got the gist.Final Verdict: a potent, raw dystopian story with a powerful core of escaping the sins of the past and trying to move into a better future. Definitely not for all markets, but a worthy effort. My only question is when do I get the next installment?

  • ˚✧₊⁎ѕαи∂у⁎⁺˳✧༚
    2018-11-28 21:03

    Wow. It truly has been a long time since I've had a good sci-fi book. Hunted by the death of his son, in his mind his wife is to blame. Living a miserable life, he's offered a diving job that changes everything. With the conflicts of love and hate, this sci-fi post apocalyptic story became a great Sci-fi thriller. This is not just a story of sand divers in a world of sand; instead of water. It's a story about sand diver Rush and his wife Star; and how they work together, as well as in their relationship. I wish I hadn't started listening to audio book in the middle of a holiday. This is a book I was annoyed at every interruption by family. The beginning might have been slow. Not sure if it was the part of the prostitute. It does not affect the rest of the story. Even with that little melodrama, I wouldn't change a single word. I really want to listen again. Book gets really good with thrilling action. The narrator is amazing. I'm looking forward to the sequel suggested at the end. Hope is as great and exiting as this one. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Shawn
    2018-11-24 16:03

    This was quite different than anything I've read before. Really interesting. The 'heroes' of this future America are called Sand Divers. They swim through the sand like it were water (in search of old world artifacts/treasure/scrap), with the use of dive suits that allow their minds to alter and shape the sand to their will, if strong enough. Great ideas throughout that have me eager to see how this story progresses from here. I did get lost during the dive scenes though, due to the visualization switching to a thermal-like view. Some nice character relationships, mainly the stressful one between Rush and his wife, which takes a weird turn toward the end.All-in-all this was good, entertaining, and the ideas behind the divers and what they do is very intriguing.

  • Daniel Cross
    2018-11-25 21:02

    I really enjoyed this book and would not hesitate to pick up another of Mr Ward’s books, the story flows really well and the action is first-class. The world is one that is familiar yet mysterious and I love the ‘Lost America’ theme to it. The downside would be that you have to familiarise yourself with the tech, however I feel that seasoned sci-fi readers will have no problem with this. It definitely is worth learning about this world of Sand (if you haven’t already).

  • Cin
    2018-11-29 19:10

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The story was good. Once I started reading this book, it’s hard for me to put it down. I have recommended this book to some of my friends who like sci-fi. I received a free signed copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. Thanks for sending me this awesome book.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2018-12-09 19:12

    Scavenger: Evolution is a collection of three novellas set in a post-apocalyptic future where the United States, possibly the Earth itself, has been reduced to a gigantic shifting desert. The source of this catastrophe is left undetailed in the trilogy but may be better explained in the novel Sands by Hugh Howey. Unusually, Scavenger: Evolution is a spin-off of a novel by said author, Tim Ward being so impressed by the man's writing that he wanted to do his own version of the story. Talk about living your dreams. The premise is Rush is a Divemaster, an individual who jumps into the sands of the new world in order to find relics from the leftover civilization of our era. I'm not sure about the physics of this particular act but it looks cool in my head so I'm willing to give it a pass. Scavenger's world evokes a combination of Frank Herbert's Arrakis and a Western. Civilization continues to exist, and in greater amounts than your typical post-apocalypse society, but it is more a series of city-states than any kind of organized nation. I was also reminded of the Fallout series in that humanity is surrounded by remnants of an ancient advanced civilization, which just so happens to be the not-so-distant future of our present day USA. Rush begins the story as a janitor working in a brothel in the poorest side of a town no one cares about. He is a barely functioning alcoholic who has quit the business of Diving due to the death of his son during a mission. Rush is sweet on a girl named River there but harbors dreams of reconciling with his upper-middle-class ex-wife Star. While I doubt it was an influence, I was reminded a bit of the television show Justified where a similar love triangle was in effect. Without spoiling the plot, Rush is recruited from the brothel for one last Diving job, which turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for. A series of disasters and escalating events follow follow Rush as he attempts to do the right thing, only to end up making a powerful enemy in the mysterious Governor--a man who wishes to rebuild the United States using technology buried in the ruins of Denver, CL. Each of the three stories has a slightly different genre to it with Red Sands being the most Western of the three, Blue Dawn being more of an adventure tale, and Twin Suns being the most straight-out science-fiction. While I appreciate Tim Ward being experimental and seeing how the same character can react to different tropes, I have to say I think Red Sands is the best. The brutal lawlessness and cynicism of the setting was most evocative there as was Rush's character. I also strongly prefer River to Star, even though it's obvious from the second story onward there's no real love triangle save in the reader's head. The Governor never really rises beyond generic evil but this isn't a problem since Rush is, honestly, his own worst enemy. His heroism is limited to the fact he's not completely monstrous like so many of the people around him. The hero's surprising screw-up at the end of Red Sands sold me on reading the rest of the novellas simply because it was so unexpected. I had fun with this novel despite my preference for the gritty lawless style of the first novella and distaste for the hero's love interest. The third novella is a crazy collection of weirdness which I enjoyed reading through simply for what gonzo science-fiction concept got introduced next. I would like, in future editions, for more focus on the day-to-day life of the world and less on the sinister Governor as well as his cronies but the sheer weirdness on display in the final book has a striking appeal. Scavenger may be authorized fanfiction but its got its own feel and I was never lost. You could do much worse to take a visit to the desert oceans of the future.8/10

  • Dan Absalonson
    2018-11-16 18:02

    This was a fun read. There was a lot of action and once the story started moving it didn't stop. Leading up to all the action is a ton of emotion built into the main character. This base enhances the rest of the book giving the exciting scenes an extra layer of what's going on in the characters heads. It provided a good pushing off point for the characters motivations.I loved the expansion of Hugh Howey's Sand world in this story. We got to see the power of the sand diving suits used in new and different ways. We also learned a bit more about the old world that existed before everything was covered in sand and that was cool.I liked the characters in this story. They had a lot of emotionally charged back story and it helped make the story feel deeper through the many fun fast paced action driven scenes that made up the last three quarters of the book. You get a lot of the main character's thoughts throughout the story and really feel like you know him by the end of the book. If you liked Hugh Howey's Sand you'll enjoy this story as well. It did not disappoint.I read this book by listening to the audiobook. Dave Robison's narration was fantastic. First of all, the guy just has a great voice for narration. It's low, rich, and just easy on the ears. This guy could read a phone book and listening would be a nice way to pass the time. Beyond that I really enjoyed his reading of the character's dialog. When they got emotional you could really hear it in his voice. He's a great actor. I've noticed a lot of narrators, even popular great ones, don't really let their voices get that emotional when reading dialog of characters who are crying or screaming. I appreciated the emotion this narrator poured into his words. It really helped you feel what the characters were feeling and added to the emotion of the scene. I also loved the effects he used like a subtle echo when the character was thinking or the cool effects he put on a robotic A.I. voice. All of these made the story that much more fun to listen to and immersive. So a great story that made for a fantastic listen with great narration. This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2018-12-07 20:25

    Evolution is a sci-fi thrill ride set in Hugh Howey’s Sand! I haven’t read Sand but now I really really want to, and if you haven’t read it then don’t let it deter you from trying this one out because it’s a great standalone listen!Rush is a man stuck in a dust covered world where any weaknesses can be carved out of a person, and that’s exactly what has happened. At the beginning of this novel Rush is in the midst of living a hollow life, devoid of his now dead son and the wife he left behind, and he’s forced to put himself back into the equation when a man offers him a job that changes everything. I liked Rush. He’s definitely got some jagged edges to him, but under that hardened exterior is a man in mourning. I really liked his overall development and they way he handles the tough situations that they all find themselves in. He has a sort of gritty edge to him that makes him a damn fine character to follow, but it’s his heart and determination that really start shining though especially in the second half.The world itself is pretty cool as well…well as cool as a world covered in sand can be. It’s definitely a desolate place, but I like seeing how characters handle living in places where living isn’t exactly the best thing to do. The plot moves rather quickly once Rush makes his decision in the beginning chapters, and barely slows down at all. Instead it moves from one problem to the next, not giving you nor the characters a true chance to catch their breaths.David Robison does an excellent job of telling the story and has the perfect voice for it. He has this sort of gravelly gruffness, that captures the feel of the entire story and quite a lot of the characters with little to no effort. The only issue i had was there were a few instances where I lost track of who was talking because a few of the voices were similar.If you are looking for a sci-fi adventure with a ton of action, twists, and grit then I’d definitely recommend Evolution. It’s a quick listen that will leave you craving even more when it’s over.

  • Galleywampus -
    2018-12-03 13:27

    Timothy C. Ward writes Scavenger: Evolution in three parts. It reads a bit like three connected novellas. I particularly liked Part 1: Red Sands. It starts quickly, and in a tavern, as many things do. Rush is compelling as a down-on-his-luck (worse than that, honestly) sand diver whose glory days are behind him. It only takes a few pages for him to be up to his eyebrows in trouble.The world itself is interesting: the future of our world is a desolate wasteland. It is bleak with some shards of hope.I liked, but did not fall in love with, the book. I felt similarly about the Hugh Howey books that provide a shared world for Scavenger: Evolution. I'm not always adept at explaining what didn't work for me, and this is a similar thing. The book is well written, the characters have enough depth and backstory, the plot exists and moves forward, the editing is good, the cover art is lovely. It's all there, but for some reason, I wasn't, completely. I am interested in seeing where Ward goes from here.*I received this book from the author in the hope that I would write a review. The review itself is not influenced by the manner of the book's acquisition.

  • Luke
    2018-12-09 15:08

    Originally reviewed at http://wp.me/p4Wvzn-1tqTwo Nerds Talking received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review...and we don't do things any other way!Scavenger: Evolution is a somewhat dark and gritty tale of the "Sandiver" Rush, who when we meet him is not in a good place, having just lost his son and is now wrestling with his personal demons as well as the possible breakdown of his marriage.Author Timothy C. Ward has a very engaging writing style and does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the dystopian future depicted in this novel. On a personal note, I found this book a little difficult to get into. This is not the fault of the author and does not reflect on the quality of the book in any way, dystopian sci-fi is just not my cup of tea.That said I would recommend this novel to anybody who is a fan of dystopian literature, its definitely well worth your time.

  • Karen
    2018-11-15 19:10

    The book is fan fiction set in the world of Hugh Howey's Sand. The book contains three novellas that coalesce into a complete story.The book centers around Rush a former Divemaster who is struggling with the grief of his sons death and estrangement from his wife.When a stranger offers him a substantial amount of cash to dive the sands again he accepts.The resulting consequences force him to choose what's important to him and fight to protect the people he cares for.Even though I have not read Howey's Sand series i easily understood the world Timothy C Ward created.The author left me wanting to know more about the backstory of Rush's former life and downfall into drunkenness.I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any fan of the Post Apocalyptic Genre.The narrator did an excellent job and his gruff voice fits perfectly with the post apocalyptic story.I received an audiobook from the author via audiobookBlast.com in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joshua
    2018-12-10 16:15

    This is kind of hovering in a 2.5-3 range for me, and it's tearing me up. I found the beginning of the book not terribly interesting, but the end was moving into interesting territory. I also found the writing kind of rough, but then, I listened to the audiobook version of it, and I'm not sure how much of it had to do with the book being read out loud. Plus, I had never even heard of the source material before reading the book.If this review seems useless, it's more just an explanatory note for the rating. It seems like a lot of folks liked it way more than I did, and I'd hate to just be that lone jerk that goes, "meh."I'd probably dip into the next book if I got it cheaply enough, but it wouldn't be a priority.

  • Cmoore
    2018-12-05 16:22

    Wow, I just finished 2 Sand fanfics within a day of each other. The other story being Sarfer, and they couldn't be more different. This is why good writing and good fanfic is so much fun to read. Evolution really plays with the Sand diving elements. A suit that will go through sand like it was water, but what else can it do? Well plenty as you will see when you read this story... There is plenty of action to go around, but this is also a story of two people, Rush and Star. And their need for each other, as they try to put their relationship back together. This is a book that you can enjoy without needing to have read Hugh Howey's work.

  • mrbil
    2018-12-01 20:13

    Very engaging, far out, and hard to put down for me. This is a pleasant surprise. A follow on to Howey's 'Sand' series. It took me on a fantastic tour through a fascinating landscape populated with great characters. They make brilliant moves and serious mistakes but the courageous characters manage to get through to a very much more advanced position and are left facing a fantastic challenge against problematic powerful ruler with astounding technology. I can't wait for the next book to see what these fascinating people will do. Yeah I liked it.

  • Beth
    2018-11-25 13:01

    Amazon says 2 books in this series, I found it to be a fun read. Not my normal genre of normal every day reading ... but I love the creative-ness of this story. fan fiction. dystonia fiction. I think after reading this book I would definitely check out what more books Timothy has to offer ... I am one who reads many different genres and I think that is easy for me ... when the author writes so you wanna keep reading. Well done!! ( ;

  • Robert Romberger
    2018-12-03 14:23

    I came into this book without knowing that it was fan fiction or having read the background story it was based on. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the story was written and didn't need to have read the basis story to be able to follow along with this book. I'm hooked. The way this book was written has me interested in the shared world as well as other stories by the author. Highly recommended.

  • Seamus
    2018-11-13 15:11

    This is one of the best stories told within Hugh Howey's Sand universe & it's very exciting stuff too!Timothy C.Ward's Evolution series, just like Michael Bunker's - Dunes Over Danvar, is pretty much essential reading for anyone who enjoyed the original books from Hugh Howey. Dare I say it, they are nearly better cause they go deeper into the story, down to the nitty-gritty!Anyway, a great audio performance, with some nice special vocal effects were it counts.

  • Aly
    2018-12-09 17:25

    This book was a great adventure. I had to look up what a sand diver is just for my own piece of mind. This was an engaging story for me and the characters are also great too. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Elena Alvarez Dosil
    2018-12-02 14:23

    My original Scavenger: Evolution audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.The story of this book starts just before the bombing that happens almost at the end of 'Sand' by Hugh Howie. It explains who was responsible for those bombings and the journey of some sand divers in search for the city of Denvar. Ward also tried to fill in some gaps of information that Howey left missing, about other parts of the world, and how it came to be like this.Normally I do not go for fan fiction, but having read 'Sand' I was very curious about this one. Sand leaves a lot of unanswered questions. It is an amazing book but the end feels rushed and leaves with more questions than answers. I had faith in having some hypothesis in 'Scavengers', and while part of my curiosity was satisfied, it left me with a bittersweet taste.The idea was good, but the writing is poor, confusing, and chaotic. At some points the pace is so slow that I inadvertently zoned out, and then something sudden happened and I found myself lost in the story. The characters are quite flat and not especially likable. The only one a bit more developed is Rush, but even like that I could not connect with him either. I also had troubles understanding the changes in Star, and the relationship between them. In the way that it was described it did not make a lot of sense, and sounded more like a description made by someone with schizophrenia.I liked the technology they discovered, but I missed some explanations, probably lost in the middle of the confusing narrations and Deus ex Machine. I am still not convinced on how it all fits with the original book. I wanted answers but I am not sure that this time I got the right ones and in the right format.David Robison's narration was good, and his voice seemed ideal for Rush. He delivered different voices for the characters, but I do not understand his choice for Vicky's voice, with a lower pitch than for some of the men.I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the world it is based on, and the idea was a good one, but the writing style was just too confusing for me to enjoy.

  • Bradley
    2018-11-28 18:23

    Disclaimer: I procured a gratis copy through NetgalleyI picked up Scavenger: Evolution because the description sounded like something I would enjoy. A post apocalyptic science-fiction world filled with nifty ideas like sand diving suits, all things that strongly appeal to me. This novel is an authorized fan fiction from Hugh Howey’s world of Sand. I know some people might be put off if they find out something is fan fiction, but I am the sort that doesn’t really care. I can verify that reading Hugh Howey’s Sand isn’t required, as I have not read it.I am going to get straight to the point, this novel is a mess. By the time I reached chapter two, I was already starting to write this review in my head -- that is not a good thing. My biggest issue is with the characters. I consider every character in the book flat or as many know it, two-dimensional. Each character felt more like tools to drive the plot, rather than real people living within the plot. The villains felt like they were ripped straight from a pulp dime novel with every terrible cliche that entails. The heroes felt lifeless and were terribly inconsistent.The story started off okay with the first part, which is something akin to a prologue (although it is not called a prologue). The main character has a firm character establishment of a washed up dive master due to a horrible incident where his young son had died. He spent two years separated from his wife because he blamed her for the death, but really, deep down, he blamed himself. This was interesting to me and then I hit chapter one. With a few quick words the main character resolved this major emotional conflict and was ready for restitution. His wife welcomed him back with open arms (and legs) without reprimanding him for the gulf he caused between them, with the small exception of a few snarky remarks meant to be humorous. From my experience overcoming grief does not work this way and was very unrealistic. It felt so wrong to me that I had to stop reading the book for a few days to calm my anger. What could have been a great conflict to carry through the book was simply erased and replaced by a physical conflict that was — at best — nonsensical.The pacing of this book did not have a good reading flow. I was often bored by what was happening and with how poor the characters were developed, I didn’t really care if they lived or died. There is one chapter in part 2, chapter 8, that can be skipped completely; it was an attempt to rekindle old drama between characters, but was quickly resolved. This was also attempted in a different manner during the final parts of the novel to create more drama — it didn’t work. What also hurt the pacing is the action description. It was often confusing as to what was happening, a large part of this can be attributed to no real understanding of how sand diving suits work.Scavenger: Evolution also suffers from a lack of a coherent theme. There is nothing I found that related to the human condition and it really needed that strong theme to help unify the story. Every scene felt more like a cool idea in someone’s head that were loosely connected together in what could barely be called a story.I think what made reading this book so frustrating is that I wanted to like it. I love the concepts that were included and really wanted this to be an exciting book; it simply wasn’t that for me. I can see by other reviews that many other people really enjoyed this, so to other readers this might be something you would enjoy. I, myself, found it wanting.

  • Zachary
    2018-11-27 13:20

    "Who down there do you give a busted watch about?"With Scavenger: Evolution, Tim C. Ward has crafted an enjoyable, exciting science fiction thriller, the beginnings of a potentially larger futuristic opera. I'm not well versed in the genre of sci-fi, usually sticking with another time honored genre, but Tim makes me feel welcome here with a book that is easy to get lost in.Our main hero Rush is a relatable fellow, suffering a loss that changes his life. His pain and the life he languishes in feels tangible, heavy, as does his desires for the woman he can't have, the longing for the love he's thrown away, and the trappings of new opportunities that spiral away from opportunity to life or death necessity. The environment in this new world is as much a character as anyone else, living and breathing in it's harshness and playing off of an equally interesting supporting cast. It's fun following along with them as the mystery of Danvar unfolds.Scavenger: Evolution is directly inspired by Hugh Howie's novel (and world) Sand, which I haven't read, so I am not qualified to say wether or not it is required reading. What I can say is that I think Tim does a great job in getting the reader acclimated to the characteristics and inner workings of this world. I feel that I have a firm grasp on it. Tim has also struck an interest in checking out the source material, which at the start of this read I didn't have. So thank you for that.**Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the author on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.Zakk is a big dumb animal. The Eyes of MadnessWww.facebook.com/themouthsofmadness

  • Carly Kirk
    2018-12-04 17:58

    This book was very disjointed to me. Everything happens very fast - so much so that I think only 2 days go by in the whole book - that's all well and good, but instead of using some of the book to explain things out a little better or transition between scenes in a less jarring way, it's all just bam, this is happening, bam, now this is happening - oh you can't figure it out, too bad, 'cause - bam, now something else is happening. And you don't get much time to get to know any of the characters either, except Rush, the main character and that's at the beginning of the book when he's a drunk, lecherous, lazy ass. Then bam, he has a change of heart - maybe he's now the way he used to be before losing his son, but we don't really know because everything gets sped up into high gear. Also, for the life of me I don't see why he decided to love his wife again, in a few chapters she changes from nice-ish to total b*tch. Practically every character is someone I wouldn't mind seeing die... so nope, I won't be continuing on with this series...

  • Robert
    2018-11-27 14:03

    I received an advance copy of Scavenger: Evolution by being a part of the author’s mailing list. I have never read any of Hugh Howey’s work that this book is based on , but I am kind of curious about it now. Tim Ward wrote an interesting tale that carried that setting and concept forward. The beginning of the book dragged a bit for me, but it ended well.