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Dust (Silo #3)

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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  21,283 ratings  ·  2,015 reviews
In a time when secrets and lies were the foundations of life, someone has discovered the truth. And they are going to tell.

Jules knows what her predecessors created. She knows they are the reason life has to be lived in this way.

And she won't stand for it.

But Jules no longer has supporters. And there is far more to fear than the toxic world beyond her walls.

A poison is gro
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 17th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Sasa
Giving the finale to the Silo series a three star rating was not easy, as I've rated the previous books much higher. The Wool Omnibus was one of my favorite books of all time. I've recommended it to numerous friends and have a signed copy of it on my bookshelf. This one, however, left me a bit disappointed. This review is mostly spoiler-free, and spoilers will be tagged/hidden.

Let me start with the positives. Howey once again does a great job of immersing you in the underground world of the silo
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Rex
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Mark
Just finished this the other night ...

Really liked most of the Silo Series, it felt a lot like LOST to me at times, something else I really dug. The overalls, the revelations within revelations, the unfolding mystery of it all -- even the flashbacks to the origin of the Silos.

SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW:

But also like LOST, there was no great finale. I figured we would get some new puzzle piece that would snick neatly into place and turn the entire series into a mosaic much larger than they sum of its
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Brendon Schrodinger
What a satisfying conclusion to the Silo series. The first volume, Wool, introduced the world of the Silo and the strict authoritarian society that lived inside. Anyone questioning this reality was ousted into the deadly wastelands. We also me the wonderful character Juliette, a superior engineer who is recruited into being police chief of the silo. What she finds from a position of authority get's her ousted, where she discovers more about the Silo and it's purpose.

Book two, Shift, travels bac
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Jeff
Going in to Dust, I was hoping that it would continue at the same very high level of great story telling as the first two installments of the Wool trilogy and I have to say that it did. It was a very different book than I thought it would be and went in a direction that I never would have guessed, and for those reasons it really kept me riveted. I expected a dark mood to the book but it was even darker and depressing than I anticipated - there were very few happy moments, and the characters we g ...more
John M.
Aug 11, 2013 John M. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WOOLites and SHIFTers

WARNING: This review contains spoilers of Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1), Shift Omnibus Edition (Silo, #2), and Dust. If you haven’t read these books yet, stop fooling around on Goodreads and get to it!

I feel lucky to have finished DUST before it’s been officially released. I’m not a book critic or anyone of note, but I lucked out and got my copy of DUST on August 8. I pre-ordered my signed copy (the Ugly Edition) direct from Hugh Howey’s web site a few weeks ago. Shortly after, he did a surprise “pre-
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Jonathan

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I love twists in my fiction. But sometimes a twist isn't the most important thing to have in a story. When the twist is all that a story revolves around, that it doesn't survive without the twist, that twist becomes nothing more than a pivoting gimmick. The reason I point this out right now is because I want to indicate that while the ending to this Wool trilogy is predictable, it is still entertaining and
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Hugh Howey's bio includes this sentence:
"A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process."

The cruelty of the universe was clear in Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1), where humanity was several (hundred) years into living in a silo, the only people left alive on earth as far as they knew. Isolated, yet somehow sustainable if only the riots and coups could be held at bay. The silo enforced systematic cruelty as we
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Thomas
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Matt
This series happens to be both a post-apocalypse and a dystopia, though it turns out it's more of one than the other. Dust is a fitting wrap-up of the story, and it's obvious the ideas contained in the series are phenomenal; if you do some searching on Amazon Kindle, you'll see that some acclaimed fan fiction has chimed in, because the world suggested by Howey has so much more to explore, even though the tale expressed in this trilogy is certainly the core tale of the world. What kept this last ...more
Kate Sherrod
"The idea of saving anything was folly, a life especially. No life had ever been truly saved, not in the history of mankind. They were merely prolonged. Everything comes to an end."

Readers of Hugh Howey's Silo series are by now prepared for a certain degree of bleakness, but there are moments of downright agonizing despair in Dust, its final installment. Moments that made me cry out to my lodger "Who does Hugh think he is, George R. R. Effing Martin?" to which my lodger replied "No, because the
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Susan May
The conclusion of a great series brings great sadness for the fans. Hugh Howey’s “Wool” saga only came into existence just over two years ago. So it’s been quite a whirlwind ride for fans and the author until now the release of Dust brings us the finale.
Howey leapt from self-published author to New York Times bestselling novelist in record time. On the way, he changed the way authors and the publishing world did business by refusing to relinquish his e-book rights for seven figure publishing de
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Zoeytron
'All the days were the same now, and every one numbered.' The decisions of a handful of individuals have shaped the lives of those still living in the silos. The folly of those few 'deciders' has finally come home to roost.

For those who love to read of post-apocalyptic and dystopian worlds but can do without the sappy teen triangular romances and made up swear words, this is the series for you. Wool and Shift were excellent, and Dust finishes things off very nicely. Good story!
Devon Gilchrist
This book,the entire Wool series, is an absolute masterpiece. If you've never heard of it, look up Wool Omnibus. If the description speaks to you at all, don't hesitate. If you've already read it and Shift, you will never have been more satisfied by the conclusion of any story or trilogy as you hungrily read your way to the final chapter Hugh Howey expertly serves up in Dust.
Michael Long
DUST, the final book in the Silo saga brings an end to both the WOOL and SHIFT series. Want to know what happens with Juliette being mayor? What about Troy and Charlotte in silo 1? Will Troy's charade as Thurman go unnoticed? What is up with Troy's cough? Will Juliette be reunited with Solo and the kids in silo 17? Will silo 1 continue to put up with rebellion from silo 18? And what will silo 18 do with it's new found knowledge about the outside and other silos? What about the fate of all the ot ...more
Jerimi
Yet another book by this author that I'm losing sleep over, in order to read it. I cannot stop reading it. I'm going to need SO much coffee to get through today. But... the book is so good. Totally worth it.
Ted Gault
To me, both Wool and Shift were easily 5 star books/collections. The combination of believable and likable characters, good tension and build up, and the slow and enticing unwinding of Howey's intriguing universe kept me entrapped from page to page. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Dust. I don't know what went wrong, but I struggled to connect with the characters in the same way I had previously. Maybe it is because their development climaxed in Shift. Between Shift and Dust we see the ch ...more
Людовика Фьюртенде
I am a real fan of Hugh Howey, a head-over-heels infatuated with his works and I was waiting for this book like ... I dunno... like for Christmas. But... I have to admit - I didn't like this book. I mean, it's extremely well written, and you can't lay it down and all that, but in the end I was totally disappointed. So many loose ends! So many unanswered questions! It looks like the author spinned so many lines in the story and characters that he wasn't able to UNRAVEL all those threads. For ex.: ...more
Carolyn
Although I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1), that was always going to be a tough act to follow and I did enjoy finding out what happens to Silo 17 and 18 and also what has been going on in Silo 1.

Juliette's return to Silo 18 with her intention of rescuing the people left in Silo 17 makes her unpopular with many of the residents. She is still Mayor but doesn't really have time to do the job properly while overseeing her rescue plans and this causes a lot of unrest a
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Ferdy
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Not as engrossing as Wool or Shift — the plot, the mystery, the characters, and the relationships lost most of their appeal, they just didn't captivate me like they did in the previous two books. I have to say, Dust was mostly disappointing — I didn't hate it, I actually quite liked a lot of things, but overall it didn't meet my expectations.

-The first half was rather dull, nothing much seemed to happen. Juliette's mission to dig to Silo 17 dragged on for ages, and Donald + Charlotte's a
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Emily
The third and final book (or, I guess, omnibus) of the "Silo Saga" that began with the amazing "Wool" was released today. The second third, "Shift" was not, i felt, completely solid, and even if it had been, I didn't know how an author could pull sooooo many things together. "Dust" hit my Kindle around 12 hours ago and I've finished off all 458 pages. It is amazing. Miraculous, really. "Wool" started out as a short story, Hugh Howey has said, and bloomed into something like 1500 pages spanning h ...more
Pam (E.P. Scott)
This was the last installment of the Wool Trilogy and was as enjoyable as the others. The survivors of Silo 18 and 17 discovers truths about Silo 1 and truths about themselves in the process. It isn't always about being right, sometimes it's about being alright.

Hugh Howey certainly wrote a fantastic series with heartwarming relatable characters, a plot that really makes you wonder if we, as a society, are headed in that very direction and writing that kept me on the edge of my seat.

I laughed, I
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Arah-Leah Hay
Spoiler Alert!! Major Spoilers!

I really did enjoy this, I was glued right through to the end. However, It left a lot of things unanswered, maybe on purpose so we can keep on theorizing, but I want to know, and some things just don't add up.

First, the whole way silo-1 goes down. Didn't silo-1 control all the other silos and supply power to them as well?! So when Donald blows it up killing everyone in it, including all the women and children asleep in cryopods , isn't he also then casting all the
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Truitti
Excellent excellent excellent series. This is the final book in The Wool series. please read The Wool Omnibus to begin. This entire series has made me examine all the institutions in my life; political, faith, ethics, family, work, etc. It makes me wonder how much I am living because of the manipulation of power brokers and how much is true free will. How many people live in silos made by individuals and live with the status quo because they don't think outside the cylinder. Man can be man's wor ...more
Timothy Ward
Reviewed at SF Signal

REVIEW SUMMARY: Satisfying conclusion to a remarkable science fiction series

MY RATING: 4.5 Stars

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The end to a post-apocalyptic epic where people have survived underground in silos but are finally going to find out whether they can survive in the wasteland above.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Has the feel of a science fiction series we’ll tell our grandchildren about; shows improvement in pacing from previous books in series; surprise ending.
CONS: Lacked enough surviving char
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Marianne
Dust is the third and final volume of the Silo series by American author, Hugh Howey. Three narrative strands describe events in each of Silos 18, 17 and 1, starting just after Juliette Nichols is elected Mayor of Silo 18. Juliette’s priorities, far from her Mayoral duties, include tunnelling to Silo 17 and going Outside again for some investigative work, both of which provoke nervousness and fear in the Silo, rather than the hope they had experienced on her return, leading many to turn to the c ...more
Steve
Wow. Just, wow. Excellent ending to a fantastic series! Sorry to see this one end, but the entire world is there for the taking.
The story ties everything into a nice package with a perfect bow, bring the story of Jules, Solo, Donald and Charlotte all together even after starting hundreds of years apart.
Highly recommended book from this highly recommended series.
Rob
Executive Summary: An enjoyable but not perfect end to a pretty good series.

Audio book: Tim Gerard Reynolds is once again a great reader. When deciding between reading or listening to a book, who the reader is often makes a big difference, and Mr. Reynolds makes this a must listen.

He does voices and accents that add a little extra something to the story. If you're deciding between listening and reading the book, I'd recommend listening.

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Final books in a series are always tough. Ending
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Arielle Walker
"She felt none of the fear from the last time she was sent out, but none of the deluded hope that drove many to exile. Somewhere between pointless dreams and hopeless dread was a desire to know the world, And, if possible, make it better." (page 113)


Though Dust is largely plot-driven, it is worth mentioning that the writing itself, for all its lack of elegance or beauty, is certainly better than adequate. The characters actually have individual voices - something very rarely the case in stories
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Sara
On March 21, 2012 I started reading 'Wool'. It was recommended to me by my mother and the price of $0.99 on Amazon helped with the decision to read this short book. I was intrigued and spent just a few dollars more to get the next few installments. Then it grew into an obsession...I HAD to know what happened to the people in the Silos...it also turned into a recommendation flurry, no really, ANYONE I met (friend or stranger) who was curious about what I was reading or wanted something good to re ...more
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I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified
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