I read DUST
over the weekend. In spite of my birthday and my daughter’s birthday party consuming valuable reading time with family and friends over, I managed to squeeze the book in whenever I could. It was excellent. The following is my review of DUST:
I haven’t looked forward to the release of a book so much since the final Harry Potter novel back
in 2007. I’ve certainly loved many books since then, but none have been as eagerly anticipated by me since Deathly Hallows. Looking back, I preordered DUST for Kindle on the day Hugh announced the release date back in May.
I was anxious and scared. We’ve all been burned by hype. George Lucas has burned us all with Star Wars and Indiana Jones, building tension for years, only to disappoint even the most ardent of fans. I trusted Hugh, but at the same time, there was a nagging fear in my mind that the overnight success of WOOL would somehow affect DUST and the ending to the saga.
I am happy to report — the wait was worth it. DUST lives up to the hype and exceeds it in my mind.
I didn’t go out looking for any spoilers to the story and avoided even the “spoiler-free” reviews this last week before DUST finally hit the Kindle store because I wanted to experience all the joy of discovery first hand.
I remember Hugh teasing us occasionally on Facebook and Twitter with news of “killer” chapters and blood flowing in the silo. Of course, those who have already read WOOL and SHIFT expected no less, but Hugh set us up well in this one. Sure, there were some surprises here and there in the first half of the novel, but it wasn’t until about halfway through that I felt Hugh’s first suckerpunch to the reader. I was devastated, but had to continue. In many ways, I was compelled to finish, just as Juliette and Donald felt compelled to finish their respective journeys in their silos.
I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just leave it with this — in a book that had so many expectations, Hugh Howey delivered. He masterfully wove a tale about multiple silos over the course of hundreds of years, all while keeping it grounded from the perspective of Juliette and Donald.
In my first review for WOOL, I compared Howey to Isaac Asimov. Foundation will forever be a book that I will return to and now it is safe to say that the Silo Saga is the same way. Congrats Hugh and well done