By: Hugh Howey
Challenge: 50 States Challenge
Published: 2013 (hardcover)
# of pages: 509
Official description: In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.My opinion: This book was recommended to me by my dad. After he described it to me I knew I had to read it. Dystopian society, yes please. I feel like if everyone in our government would read a couple of dystopian novels this country would be a different place.
The world Howey created in this novel is original and fascinating. It was a little slow at first, as it follows two characters who introduce the world of the silo. However, it picks up as it follows Juliette and the reader is pulled into the world and the other characters that are introduced.
I recommend this to lovers of dystopian novels, those who enjoy sci-fi, and those that enjoy reading a novel that can pass on important messages. There is a little bit of language, but it isn't overwhelming.
Why I gave this book 5/5 stars: Original setting, characters who are easy to relate to, interesting plot, couldn't put it down after I got past the first third of the book!
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