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I've travelled Howey's world of the silos through the Wool books, the Shift series, and now Dust. Howey really is a representative of what I imagine we'll see more of in the future; superb writing from nwe and previously unheard of voices. Hard to believe he only published Wool two years ago. This is a well developed world with rich characters and compelling storylines.
I'll try not to be too spoiling from here on out.
Howey wraps up the silo series here quite well, if not in a surprising fashion. He is a "good guys win" type of person, at least in this series. But that is the conclusion that I needed in the series, it would have been awfully depressing to think of the complete downfall of the last shreds of human civilization. This isn't to say there aren't surprises along the way and popular, central characters that don't make it out. It might seem, when painted with broad strokes, that the conclusion is formulaic, but it's done in a reasonable and realistic way. He even leaves a couple of questions unanswered for what I can only imagine will be a continuation of the series or another book in this rich world Hower's created.
The characters of the Wool and Shift series all come together. The storyline that in the First Shift book seemed a little out of place now makes complete sense. All the stories come together and fit nicely together.
If you liked the other books in this series, this is a must read. You won't be disappointed. And if you haven't read Wool, what are you doing here? Go buy it and read it! Then read this.
First the good: The overall arc of the story works, and the way it leaves a few questions dangling is a good thing. The characterization is solid, and again there were many brilliantly written moments, and some really unexpected twists and deaths. The end is just hopeful enough to be credible, especially given the depths of desperation the characters deal with in this final volume. (There's a dose of cynicism about the human capacity for good here, and when bad stuff happens, it's really bad.) Again, the trilogy reminds me of the Matrix movies, bringing a hopeful ending to a dystopian setting without resolving all 'evil'.
The bad: There were times where I felt there were so many twists in the story, it was too much of a good thing. The pacing felt off in this last volume where the story coasts initially and then the end feels hurried along. Or maybe that was just me reading it hurriedly, at ungodly hours. The story strains a bit under the load of so many explanations, that all have to fit together and make sense as a whole... Perhaps by explaining the apocalyptic events that led to the world as it exists in the story, the author tied the otherwise fantastic story too much to reality. There's a reason for why most imaginings start with 'a long time ago, far, far away' after all...
Verdict: Absolute must read. As contemporary sci-fi goes, this is some of the most enjoyable I've read in a while. Sure, it's not hard sci-fi and some elements border on fantasy, but it's a rollicking read!