The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kindle version & audio

Summary via Goodreads: 
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 tide line 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.

My Short Review: 
I’ve been meaning to add this one to my bookshelf for a while, but kept forgetting about it.

I really enjoyed this book, and was able to read part of it and listen to the rest via the audio version. It’s definitely not my normal cup of tea, but it was nice to see Hugh branch out to something different. I ended up buying a hard copy for my MIL, who is herself a shell collector; she loved it! Thanks for another great read, Hugh! This is one of my favorite book covers. ♥