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Dust (Silo Trilogy) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 22, 2016
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Wool introduced the world of the silo. Shift told the story of its creation. Dust will describe its downfall. Juliette, now mayor of Silo 18, doesnt trust Silo 1, especially its leader, Donald. But in the world of the Silos, there is no black and white everything is shades of gray. Donald may not be the monster Juliette thinks he is, and may in fact be key to humanitys continued survival. But can they work together long enough to succeed?
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In this last novel Hugh Howey does not regain the literary stride that carried the reader along in WOOL. SHIFT was a long and excruciating read, containing three novels, all overblown with unneeded character and plot development. DUST is mostly the same. The last chapter is partially redeeming to the extent that most of the three star rating is for that chapter alone. What happens next in this saga needs to be written. It is my hope that as Hugh Howey takes time off while circumnavigating the globe that some time is dedicated to refining his craft, and learning to remove the fluff.
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.
Dust starts at the end of book 2, Shift, but also at the end of book 1, Wool. As a prequel, Shift ends at the same time that Wool did, and the converging storylines proceed together in Dust. The occupants of Silo 18 are divided - some who believe that their leader survived outside, and some who believe she is making the whole thing up. Everyone thinks they are being lied to - and they're not wrong.
As with all good books, nothing can be taken for granted. People die, positions of power shift, but life goes on. The world of the Silos is one where beneficent leaders make extraordinary sacrifices to protect the people they care about, but the constant repetition of policy digs philosophical ruts that become harder to see out of. This story is about the little people who stand on each others' shoulders for a glimpse of the outside world and the chance at finding out the truth about it.
Audiobook note: Book 3 (Dust) is also read by Tim Gerard Reynolds, who does an excellent job.
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