Dust (Silo, #3) [Book Review]

dust silo 3 hugh howeyDust (Silo, #3)
by Hugh Howey

Kindle Edition, 466 pages
Published August 17th 2013 by Broad Reach Publishing

Read from August 16 to September 16, 2015

My Rating: 3/4 stars

 

About the book:

WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.
SHIFT told the story of their making.
DUST will chronicle their undoing.
Welcome to the underground.

I have mixed feelings about this last book of the trilogy. I really enjoyed the comeback to the characters of the first book, like Juliette and Luke, because they were one of my favorites characters. And it was inspiring to see the revolution started in their Silo in search for answers and a better world.

But I felt a little bit unfulfilled with the lack of explanation of exactly what happened to the world. I don’t know if I missed it at some point in the book, but it’s still not completely clear to me why the silos were built and what was going on in other places of the planet. Maybe the author wanted it to remain a mystery, but I really hoped some more detailed explanation after reading the whole trilogy.

[WARNING: SPOILER!]
Another thing that bothered me is that when Juliette leads the people of her silo up to the surface, and then they walk towards the seed bunker and look at the dome of dust over the arrangement of silos, why didn’t they try to reach the other silos? There were 50 silos over there and I didn’t saw any hint that Juliette or the others were curious about them, or had the intention to free the other silos. My feeling is that there were too many questions unanswered in the story and that bothers me a little. [END OF SPOILER]

But overall it was a thrilling book to read with a pace that kept me going until the end.

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Wool: An intense post-apocalyptic story [Book Review]

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo series)

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 – 5) (Silo Saga #1)

by Hugh Howey

Publication Date: (January 25, 2012)

Print Length: 550 pages

Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing- Kindle Edition

Read from July 09 to 19, 2014

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Description:

“This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.”

That was an enveloping post-apocalyptic story! Well, actually a very good start of stories about a post-apocalyptic world in which people live inside a buried vertical cylindrical structure, called the silo. People inside the silo do not know exactly what happened to the world outside; they do not actually know a reality other than the structured life inside the silo. The biggest penalty for them is to leave the silo because the world outside has become quite deadly.

As the story develops itself through the eyes of the characters, we are confronted with many mysteries and questions unanswered, the same questions the characters make themselves. I loved the pace and the suspenseful aspect of the book, in which the author presents a situation, that you have no idea how it could have happened, and then goes on unraveling the story. It is that kind of story that keeps us up at night, somewhat addictive. I was really afraid that towards the end (about 97%) I would face a huge cliffhanger.

But no, it was okay, I had tears in my eyes by the end the book, feeling like a stage has been successfully completed, and every character is ready for the next step. The characters are captivating, the heroine Jules is awesome and I cared a lot about her and her friends and family. It was very easy to create a connection with them. The fact that not all the questions are answered or facts explained right away is, for me, the greatest force of the story. I think maybe the way the author structured the chapters encouraged me to always seek for more, and at the same time, it was okay to give the book a pause because the chapters were not too long. I really enjoyed that pace.

I definitely want to know more about this world and the future of the characters of the series! Highly recommended!

Effort and victory

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”
Mahatma Gandhi

I’ve just read this quote cited in the book:  “Inner Productivity: A Mindful Path To Efficiency And Enjoyment In Your Work” by Christopher R. Edgar

But, I have to say, I am not enjoying this book. It seems like a recollection of concepts from other authors discussed in a way that is confusing to me. In my opinion the book lacks personality and the author describes many methods that overlaps themselves and it doesn’t seem very practical or even credible to put all that into practice. I am half way through but I won´t give up. Not yet.