Wednesday, September 20, 2023

35. Dust and 3 short stories (Silo Book #3)

By Hugh Howey (539 pp, ebook)

I wanted to wrap up this series so I plowed through this last book. I felt the longer the story went on, the harder it got to suspend my disbelief. So many of the characters acted ridiculously. In this last one, the secrecy of the Silo world is undone and there is lots of violence and miraculously, equipment that's been sitting around for 500 years still works. This is one post-apocalyptic story convention that always gets me, how technological devices still work hundreds of years later. Have you ever found an iPod that's been in a drawer for 10 years and tried to make it work? There are three short stories set in this same world and I would avoid them. The characters make the most bizarre choices, it's not worth it.

Friday, September 8, 2023

34. Shift (Silo Book 2)

By Hugh Howey (578 pp, ebook)

This is the second in a series that is also a series on Apple. I am writing this months after I finished the book so I can't remember the exact events of this one. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic world where what is left of mankind live in underground silos but they each think they are the only silo and know nothing of the history of the world. I think this is the one that switches between what happened leading up to the apocalypse and how the carefully guarded secrets of the silo world are falling apart. It's fun to read but it felt really long and there were times that the story developments were so preposterous, it was hard to stick with it.