Dust : The Silo Saga

  • by Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Series: The Silo Saga
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.


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Well, I finally finished the trilogy. If you have read my other reviews of books in this series, you know I have had a long term love hate relationship with these stories. I wanted very much to be totally engrossed in this final installment but, once more, it fell short.

There was a lot of meandering that suddenly rushed at break neck speed to an ending that I saw coming for many chapters. I figured it would end the way it did from the first book honestly, but I had hoped Howey would somehow pull it out of the fire at the end. What actually happened was a rather pedantic ending to a very good concept.

Other reviewers have said it felt like he turned a short story into a trilogy. In fact, that's *exactly* what he did. I don't fault him for trying to flesh out his concept at all- it just wasn't necessary. Shift was completely redundant (completely). This book could have been condensed into 4 or 5 hours tacked onto the end of Wool. That would have made an exceptionally compelling book with a much bigger impact.

I know my reviews of Howey's work always come out sounding very negative; I genuinely wish that wasn't the case. I cared about the characters and he made the Silos come alive in a micro-cosmic way. It was beautifully written, most of the time. It was exactly what my rating suggests: an average book that was generally entertaining but wasn't earth shattering in any sense.

I'm glad I finished it, but I don't think it would be high on my list of recommendations to potential listeners. As always, this is just opinion and your mileage may vary.
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- Charlie

Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion

I'd guess most folks who read Wool and Shift are going to want to read Dust whether or not it's great so I don't think it needs a big review. Short and sweet - Dust isn't as well written as Shift, but it did provide a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. My recommendation is a definite, "Go For It"; you'll get your Audible credit's worth with this one.

A little longer and less sweet, I was somewhat disappointed in Dust partly because Shift was so good. Shift was a big step up from Wool in pacing, plotting, and great prose so I had expectations that Howey would continue that trend in Dust and the book would be at least as good as Shift or maybe better. Dust is better written than Wool, but it doesn't have the sustained narrative tension of Shift.

Shift ends with Juliette threatening Silo 1 so I expected Dust to begin fast and furious with that conflict. Instead, Dust begins with Juliette totally focused on rescuing the Silo 17 survivors to the point of dereliction of her mayoral duties. Her people have lost faith in her (no real explanation for that) so much of the book is treading familiar ground; a visionary who doesn't communicate well trying to lead a bunch of stampeding sheep type people. In addition, we get some updates and further development of Solo and the Silo17 children, but I found much of that more irritating than interesting. The dialogue for those characters makes them sound naive and gullible, but I think they would be tougher and more "silo-smart" for having made it on their own for so long. There are also several sections given over to Elise's (the 7 year old Silo 17 survivor) pursuit of a puppy and a weird religious cult and their rituals. Both of these subplots really lead nowhere and slow the overall plot progression. (And, really, neither the girl nor any adults around her can figure out that they need to put a leash on that dog?)

On the other hand, I loved the Silo 1 sections of the book and the further character development of Charlotte (Donald's sister) was great. After some stumbling about a bit through the first half of the book, the second half is tighter and more interesting and when the final resolution comes, it's over almost too fast. I had the sense that given more time and editing, Howey could have made this conclusion really great. As it is, there are some dangling plot points and Dust doesn't have the grace of Shift, but it is still a very good read and it definitely provides a satisfying end to the trilogy. It also leaves the door WIDE open for sequels...

Audible listeners have the added benefit of narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds. The more I hear this guy, the more I like him. His voice keeps me plugged in even when a book gets a little slow. Overall, I recommend the whole Silo Saga Trilogy and I think Hugh Howey has great potential to keep us entertained for many years.
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- Tango

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2013
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing