Friday, 24 January 2014

Review: Dust (Silo #3) by Hugh Howey

Dust (Silo, #3)Dust

Author: Hugh Howey 
Series: Silo
Pages: 464
Publisher: Random House
Release date: 24th October 2013

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

In a time when secrets and lies were the foundations of life, someone has discovered the truth. And they are going to tell.

Jules knows what her predecessors created. She knows they are the reason life has to be lived in this way.

And she won't stand for it.

But Jules no longer has supporters. And there is far more to fear than the toxic world beyond her walls.

A poison is growing from within Silo 18.

One that cannot be stopped.

Unless Silo 1 step in.

Review: 3 ½ stars out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from the previous books.

Dust by Hugh Howey is the final installment in the Silo series and one I have been eagerly anticipating.

I have really appreciated this series to date and have enjoyed learning the secrets and revelations as they unfolded about the Silos. The inhabitants have now discovered the truth about silo 1 and in Dust we finally see if they are able to go outside without being consumed by toxic air but there were many obstacles and complications along the way.

The bleak world Hugh Howey has written is fascinating and extremely creative and really makes you think, his writing grips you as we learn more about the toxic air, the silos, investigations and the politics within as well as the characters, some good but no one who really stood out amongst the others.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I still have a number of lingering questions that have risen over the course of the series that have been left unresolved; maybe I have just missed little tidbits along the way but I felt the ending was a little bittersweet and I wasn’t as hooked as I have been in the previous books. The MC’s Donald and Juliette I also found to be lacklustre, there was no one person I completely sympathised with or liked unfortunately which would have to be my biggest gripe, I haven’t felt this with Wool or Shift; everyone seemed overly manipulative, whiny and emotionless which didn’t leave me able to connect with them on any level.

Overall, The Silo series is an extraordinary story of survival and despite a few minor issues this series is still a unique, suspense filled and extremely well-written. It has been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox and is one I’ll definitely be watching.

Thank-you kindly to Random House for the opportunity to read and review Dust.


Hugh HoweyAbout the author: I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified as science fiction, since they often take place in the future, but if you love great stories and memorable characters, you'll dig what you find here. I promise.

1 comment:

  1. I skimmed your review since I haven't read the series, but it sound like it would be interesting.


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