WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.
SHIFT told the story of their making.
DUST will chronicle their undoing.
Welcome to the underground.
Review: 4 of 5 Stars
I have really enjoyed the Wool series and I have now read Dust twice. I originally read it fresh off the pre-order, but then life got in the way and I didn’t review it right away. So I thought it would only be fair to re-read a few passages or so to get back the feel of it, which ended up with me re-reading the entire book. I did enjoy the book and I still think Juliette is a great character though she does get incredibly lucky pretty regularly considering the odds she is up against, etc. I’m not saying nothing bad ever happens to her. Lots of bad things happen to Juliette. In fact, sometimes it seems that there is someone following her around with a bag of ‘bad things about to happen’. Nevertheless, in the overall scheme of things she comes out of it pretty well.
There didn’t seem to be as much tension to this story and I wasn’t as thoroughly engaged even the first time around. It was still a good story, but it just didn’t grip me the way the original story did when I read it in the omnibus. I think part of that is due to this being kind of a wrap-up of the story. An example might be that I love a good mystery thriller; however, when everything has been revealed sometimes I feel a little let down not because it wasn’t a good story, but because the adventure and mystery are over. It’s kind of like that slump after an adrenaline high. I got the same feeling at the end of the book Perfume by Patrick Suskind. The tension held in the dark, drab, conspiracy controlled world of the silo is hard to keep alive when you move on. Since I do not have any suggestions on how to make the story itself better or end it differently, I definitely see the predicament of trying to wrap it all up. I don’t know if there was a better way to end it or if a different way would have been better. This ending seems to be what might be the best we could hope for were we stuck in one of these silos and trying to save the lives of our friends and families.
So in the end Dust is 4 out of 5 stars for me. I really liked it and enjoyed the read, but it wasn’t quite as powerful for me as the original. Just because you don’t love the final book of a series as much as you did the previous ones does not mean it isn’t a good book or series. It’s just that some portions of the story were more powerful than others or at least that’s my opinion. Overall, it was a good read both times. I am very excited to see what Ridley Scott does with the movie version as he is one of my favorite directors and I feel he might bring the correct degree of ‘dark’ to the movie. Keeping my fingers crossed and waiting to see what happens.