Almost a year ago, I sat in the waiting room of the neurologist’s office with Nuno, who was reading something on his iPad. I glanced over and saw the title at the top of the screen: “WOOL.” “Oh, is that a book about sheep?” I asked, mostly kidding. He tried to explain it to me – these people living in a silo underground and how they were trying to figure out why they were there. Being that our tastes rarely converge and “Wool” really did sound like it *should* be about sheep, I didn’t think much of this.
Later, some good friends with impeccable taste were talking on the Twitters about the Wool saga and how they couldn’t put it down. I read the Amazon reviews and was intrigued. While Nuno tends to go for more heavy apocalyptic sci-fi, I’m definitely the target demographic of some post-apocalyptic spec-fic. The summaries reminded a bit in premise of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake series: a new civilization created after the collapse of our own. Thought it was worth giving it a try.
I have but one regret, and this will not apply to you – dear reader – I regret that I did not wait until Dust came out until I started this because HOLY COW. I devoured these. Each took me no more than two days to finish. These are not short books. Indeed, they are all collections of shorter novellas. Altogether, the saga runs some… a lot… of pages. And I could not put it down.
And these pages are not enough to capture the world of the silos. This world is so powerfully imagined that now my Kindle recommendations list is chock full of an amount of fan-fic that I can not even comprehend. Other authors have taken the world Howey created and run with it, imagining other characters and other plotlines running parallel to the “canon” trilogy. Despite being a series that faithfully answers the questions it poses, at the end there is a beautiful ending… that opens itself up to more questions. Any number of other novels could spring forth from the beginning that the Silo series ends with.
Absolutely the most perfect series I’ve ever read. A lot of other trilogies have lagged or felt like filler in places. This was immaculate. Not an unnecessary detail. Nothing overlooked. Not a slow moment, nor a moment that felt rushed. Perfect.
Now that Dust is out and you will not have to wait biting off your fingernails and gnashing your teeth, I recommend you acquire these books right now. And I recommend you acquire them all at the same time because you will not want to pause to go and get the next one.