Bingo square: Dwelling
At some point in the future, humanity has been doomed and the last remnants of it live below ground in the silo. 144 floors, ranging from up top, through the mids, to the down deep. No one goes outside. And if you ask, you get your wish but can never come back. It’s a death sentence, as the outside is toxic. The small view the inhabitants of the silo can see through a view screen becomes corroded over time, and those who do out out clean the cameras.
After a pit stop of story with Holston, a grieving sheriff whose wife went out three years ago and who soon follows, we come to Juliet. She’s an engineer in the down deep, rarely ever going up top. But she finds herself in the running for sheriff, and after making a deal with the mayor to fix the generator they all depend on, she agrees to take the job. But she finds herself in uncertain territory, not just in her environment, but with those around her who didn’t want her to be sheriff. Who are hiding what’s really going on in the silo. After a few suspicious deaths, Juliet finds herself in deep danger. Will she join the last sheriff and his wife outside?
I read these books years ago and loved them, and decided to revisit after watching Silo and really enjoying it too. I think it’s maybe not as good as I remember, writing wise, but the story is still very compelling and it’s an absorbing and quick read. Having the tv show helped me picture the interior of the silo better than before, because mine definitely did not match up with what was shown. A good one if you like smart apocalypse type stories with really great characters.