Australian Authors have kept my reading spark active over the past few months.
I picked up Iron as part of a monthly book club read for March, and I’m glad I did. The world building of Kalima is fantastic.
Dystopian or classic Speculative Fiction novels, like the Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and Farenheit 451 have seen a resurgence in bookstores around Australia of late. I won’t comment on why I believe this is happening, but…
Dust is the final installation in the Silo Saga. I was eagerly looking forward to finishing this series and it didn’t disappoint. Dust continues where both Wool and Shift left off, joining the two strands of the story together so you can watch what’s happening in both Silo 18 (Jules’ silo) and Silo 1 (Donald’s silo).
Shift is the prequel to The Wool Omnibus. It primarily tells the story of how the underground silos came to exist and why the world became unliveable. The first half of the book is very different from Wool, and much slower. It starts with Donald Keene, a congressman involved in a top secret project to build an underground facility. He believes the lie he’s fed about the facility’s construction, and is quickly trapped into an existence he had tried to believe wasn’t possible.
The opening of Wool grabs you right away. Sheriff Holston knows he’s going to die, has in fact asked for it, but against all odds is hopeful he may somehow find his lost love and survive. You feel sorry for him, and wonder if he may not make it after all. It’s enough to get you invested in the story straight away, if only to see if he is right.