Posted by Michael P. | Posted in Books | Posted on 19-06-2012
Sometimes it takes seeing a future mapped out by a complete lack of faith in humanity to renew it. This is a huge reason post-apocalyptic fiction always has a place on my bookshelf. I finally finished the Silo series by Hugh Howey. Beginning with 1-5 which are contained in the Wool omnibus and following with The First Shift – Legacy (Book 6 of the Silo series), Mr. Howey blew me away. The future he envisions is both surreal and yet you have that itch in the back of your mind that this scenario could actually be a possibility. Far in the future when the survivors of the cataclysmic events have gone generations, and the spread of disinformation has become the only truth they know. Where wrongdoers, or even those who dare speak of wanting to leave the underground structure they call home, are sent out into the deadly outside to “clean”. To remove the grime from the only windows that show why they live where they do and to die soon after. These books contain such layers of forethought on Howey’s part it amazes me to no end. A place so simple in that everyone lives and works to survive is shown to be filled with a psychological horror more frightening than any monster.