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Dust (Silo Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 22, 2016
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Unlike the previous two books, this book is uplifting. And a bit predictable but not in a bad way. The story is what happened to the world that forces the remaining people to live in 50 underground silos of 144 stories each with 10,000 people. The people were born in the silo as they and their forebears have lived in it for almost 300 years. The air outside is toxic, killing almost immediately. Life is cheap in the silo and if you violate the draconian rules, you are sent outside to clean the camera lens. No one ever comes back from a cleaning. At least, no one used to come back.
The story is incredibly rich. There are details about all the variants of life in the silo. And the silos are different with the 1st silo being the command and control and the other 49 silos are for the peons. By the time this book starts, 300 years have passed and almost half of the silos are dead.
But, who poisoned the air of the planet ? What did they use to poinon the air ? And why did they poison the air ? You need to read the book to find out as it is a developing story with varying perspectives. And sad.
It's rare for me to end a book series and declare that I've been given enough information about the end, but here, I think that's entirely the case. The long-term fate of all the characters is left with some ambiguity, but enough detail for the reader to be content. Not only satisfying informationally, but emotionally.
Overall though, it was a great end to a really great series - still one of the most original series I've read. Loved all three books and would highly recommend them. I also really enjoyed the ending of this book - though some might argue it was too perfect or convenient. I was very happy with it.
Juliette's character seemed to shift (no pun intended!) in this book - she became wildly intense, almost bordering on insane, with her efforts to dig to Silo 17. I know she promised Solo and the kids she'd come for them, but no one else in Silo 18 supported digging to Silo 17 and many believed 17 didn't exist. Juliette was very distant even from Lukas and they had very little action, despite my hopes of a little romance after all they survived in Wool. I just found her intense to the point of being annoying. She's still my favorite character (with Solo being a close second) but she just felt really different in this book - too different.
The differing opinions on the existence of other silos and what exploration would do to the population of Silo 18 was interesting. The introduction of some heavy religion made the debate more interesting, though I feel like it was half-assed. But the overall unrest and at some points, panic, in the silo due to exploration was very realistic. There was definitely a sense of pressure building as Juliette and her crew were digging and finally cracked into Silo 17.
Elise - for some reason, she really annoyed me. I found nothing likeable about her as a child character. Everything she did seemed to cause problems and I didn't feel any attachment to her. I didn't care if she lost her puppy or was abducted by the wayward cult that formed in Silo 17 once people were trapped over there. In fact, she was married to some older guy and I still didn't even feel bad for her. I also felt that issue was brushed under the rug. Solo came in with his gun, took Elise away, and that was it. I could care less what happened to her.
My last peeve was the death of Lukas - and everyone else in Silo 18 for that matter. I felt like it was a really quick way to wipe out everyone. I know that's the point of Silo 1 having so much power, yet this felt really quick. The gas filling the silo and killing off nearly everyone was really lacking emotional impact. Especially when Lukas died! Yes, I was able to picture Juliette screaming uselessly into her walkie while Lukas mumbled his goodbyes - but honestly, I couldn't picture him dying. I kept thinking later he'd make his way to Silo 17 somehow, having just passed out or something. The book ended and I was left thinking "Wait, he's actually dead?"
I'm not sure if it was because he was given a very minor role in this book and because his relationship with Juliette amounted to almost nothing. But I really liked Lukas in Wool and I felt almost nothing when he died in Dust - and I really felt I should have.
That about sums up my major issues. As I said before, awesome, original series. Glad I read it!