Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
The story has many twist and turns and would like to catch the stuff i missed.
This is a great story, suspenseful, a lot to figure out. Nicely done. The narration is very good. Buy it you will enjoy it.
Well written, and well crafted, I really enjoyed the series and it's satisfying conclusion. Although there is a shift in focus away from what is happening with the main character, I found it a great read.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
FANTASTIC SERIES!!! There are once again so many great reviews for each of the books that make up this 'Omnibus Series' from 'Wool' to 'Shift' ending with 'Dust'.
This series had a great deal of 'talk' around it before I decided to go ahead & read the 3 books although I don't believe it was originally a trilogy but many smaller books. It doesn't matter because I was happy because it was a breath of fresh air even with the smothering of the series by avid readers hype regarding the content.
I don't really think I need to go into any detail about the content in a review for the 1st book 'Wool' but its this book that snared me into reading the entire series. Most likely I'll be parroting the plethora of reviewers before me. The books ability to transport the reader through great descriptive language & the grind of every day life within a Silo that was eerily an inhuman way of living but similar to the book 1984 if there were other silo's or countries that were all in the state of fear & not contacting each other how would the different populations of people end up living? You are born in a 'world' that has already been in existence for generations & is also essentially working in a symbiotic way between people of different jobs & from different levels. Similar to a country that has all the classes of people within it living in an enclosed space so ignorance of how people lived or thought could easily be present BUT if one wanted to confront a problem or go see visual proof of ones thoughts it could be done. It was a matter of traveling at times more than 150 floors downward, while passing each level a person could see what type of people, life, duties, & mindset a group of laborers have while contributing to the overall running of this only place they considered home. The intro of characters in the beginning & getting the basic world building was not too hard because it was done in a clever way IMO. Howey decided to try & keep many of the current world idea's & building in place but compacted into an upside-down sky scraper but with no view of the outside except thru computer screens & the laws of this world strictly enforced by death for those that questioned or caused too much trouble. That is where the story really begins to cascade & catch speed. When an older generation is murdered & the newer generation takes they're place it involves a 'changing of the guard' which leads to the ultimate questions that need answering for those with anti-establishment ideals or older generations that may be engrained to how society works but are still curious about what can be accomplished when a worker from a tight knit family of job related people look to help save they're friend from the fate of death by leaving the silo & going outside to a toxic world.
The protagonist, Juliette & her supporting characters start on a path that will inevitably end in disaster, but for who? are there others out there? whats the purpose of the silos? Well the answer is one that is quite the mind fuck lol. Which is the type of books I love. In 'Shift' the 2nd book where they change to a better narrator IMO & is the best book of the series the reader is brought back to 'present day' time while the silo's were being built, who was privy to the total information surrounding the silo's, the major players in silo 1 which are essentially the overseer's in this series & are introduced to a new cast of protagonist, antagonists, family members of both, & regular people trying to live they're lives. The reason I gave this book 5 stars vs. the other 2 was mainly because of the background & how the concept of silo's & why they were built in the 1st place plus described a great deal of background regarding this project & how certain people were compartmentalized regarding their duties. This might only be a small problem for a generation but think about the ramifications of shift after shift of people cry o-genetically frozen, re-thawed while select people were allowed NOT to take medication that made a person forget trauma & slowly who they were in a past life. By the time 'Wool' takes place its been over a hundred years & you have those in charge still frozen & awakened to run the project while others go thru the monotonous shift changes unaware of past memories or how they ended up in the silo's to begin with... without women in Silo 1 ! (it was a theory the women & children were kept frozen to ensure the men would work without creating problems that might put the women & children at risk). Apparently every human nature related issue was thought out in advance, but those in charge slowly realize that just like the other silo's, their "main hub, & center node of control' also can fall prey to the unexpected.
This last book 'Dust' was a very good ending although it did leave a few head scratches at the end. I'd like a reader to figure those out for themselves mostly but simple questions such as whether or not the entire world was involved in destruction or why the air was only contaminated in a certain circular area without dissipating were immediate questions most would probably catch. I really loved Donald & Charlotte who were completely flawed characters but once finding out what he did unknowingly, Donald got his own redemption in a way & Charlotte was a character I was pulling for although Darcy was also a new character I liked that didn't turn out like I thought it might. Without spoiling the ending its safe to say, people will die, silo's will crumble, power will be flexed, & the ultimate answer to all the readers main questions will be resolved in a believable manner. Perhaps not the best in some eyes but much better than many other endings to these dystopia type books. I will say as a minor spoiler that Juliette IMO got all she deserved in regards to her constant pushing while forgetting her mayoral duties, forgetting friends to the point of not meeting them face to face after contact, & with a character like Solo from book 2, he's not the type of person you want running around a "normally run Silo" without a bit of concern. She was too busy finding out the next new thing & perhaps the way the silo's were built made it so the easy gathering of people was harder to do, but Juliette had her life saved by many people who ended up getting a raw deal. I don't want to throw out numbers that one can figure out at the end, but I'd put her in a rather uncaring category as long as she got to potentially dish out vengeance, revenge, or perhaps something more profound? The end won't disappoint IMO.
I would highly suggest this book for anyone looking for a different POV than typical 'world destroyed dystopia' based books, which than evolves into what most readers believe to be unpredictable events in a civilization that has established societal norms they believed true come crashing down around them. As you read this you can see not everyone is new to these events happening or in some cases caused the events while others adapted & overcame hardships, while others burned they're own path by fire & explosives lol. How is that possible? Why? If you plan to get this series be prepared to get the 2 books after 'Wool' because the 1st book takes place in the future while the 2nd jumps back & forth while the 3rd does all three, to include a climatic conclusion. Start to remember as you stop taking your shady medication, wonder who you were & perhaps where you came from & get the wool pulled down from around your eyes in this unique look into the depths of human nature.
Narration and the story was good. I think the 90% of the book brought closure to the series in a good way. I just wish there was a little more about the end-state... I felt like it left you missing a few pieces of information to give you piece of mind... Not a bad end, but I felt it just lacked one more chapter.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
CONTAINS SPOILERS: I really liked this last installment. I feel a lot of the unanswered questions in SHIFT were explored well. And the ending with Jules and Charlotte and the others back in the real world was satisfying emotionally, yet there is no way that everything that has happened in the 3 omnibus novels is just 'all over'. Some of my questions might have been addressed and I overlooked them, I want to know some things: 1) Why didn't the bomb go off? I know Donald was killed, but Charlotte supposedly had a remote, yet there is no indication that she did it. 2) What kept the nanobot cloud contained over the Silos in open air? Maybe the nanobots were originally dispersed by bombs and they wiped out man kind and sending people out to clean simply dispersed more in that area? 3) They were heading out 200 years ahead of schedule... isn't there some repercussions for that? 4) The diggers are overkill and unnecessary if you can just walk out. I'm assuming they made it into the story just to offer escape in that one scene? 5) Why no attempt to walk back in and rescue the other Silos? Was it too late? Were they all dark? 6) It sounds like the kids were using some of the fairground games and rides at the end, but I pictured them as too close to the Silos to be free from nanobots. Again, I would spend a credit on this because it was good to find out all outside was okay, but it did get frustrating at times.
Hugh can't help himself, as his writing digresses into hatred of Christian leadership. The story line isn't even lined up properly as the religion in one scene worships 'Gods' plural and in another has crosses symbolizing Christianity. He does not do logical justice in explaining the existence of this religion. The need for religion in this context is nonexistent as the silo is already the sole source of hope for the inhabitants.
Hugh needs to review logic. It seems he couldn't help himself in displaying his own prejudice, yet lacked the skill or desire to weave this mini plot into the story properly.
This pitiful attempt to smear one particular religion was very distracting to the story.
Either remove the juvenile slam on religion or weave it into the story with more craft. It is quite sloppy and doesn't have logical credence.
Yes, Gerard was excellent in this and in Shift.
The three books should be combined into a movie. Wool was much better than Shift and Dust was slightly better than Shift.
A must read simply to end the saga. The story begins to drag in the middle of Shift and is painfully slow through Dust as well.
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