Dust (Silo Trilogy) (Volume 3)
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Juliette, now mayor of Silo 18, doesn’t trust Silo 1, especially its leader, Donald. But in the world of the Silos, there is no black and white — everything is shades of gray. Donald may not be the monster Juliette thinks he is, and may in fact be key to humanity’s continued survival. But can they work together long enough to succeed?
always with Solo lagging behind and waving her on, promising he’d catch up. Her mind flashed back to those days, and suddenly her silo was still alive and thriving, churning with civilisation, so far away and moving forward without her – but still there and alive. No more. But there were other silos, dozens of them, teeming with life and lives. Somewhere, a parent was lecturing a child. A teenager was stealing a kiss. A warm meal was being served. Paper was being recycled into pulp and back
finally said. ‘I wanted to see where she’d lived and died. It was . . . a bad time. With Anna. Trapped down here.’ He remembered how he had felt about Anna then, how he felt about her now. So many mistakes. He had made mistakes at every turn. It made it difficult to make any more decisions, to act. ‘There has to be something we can do,’ Charlotte said. Her eyes lit up. ‘We could lighten a drone enough to carry us from here. The bunker busters must weigh sixty kilos. If we lighten another drone
noticed first. It was the laughter from her father and Bobby, the happy squeals from the children. The smells came next, the odour of the farms and the hydroponic gardens, the scent of healthy soil turned up to claim its seed. And the light, as bright and warm as the grow lights but at a diffused distance, wrapping all around them, an emptiness above her that stretched out into for ever, nothing above their heads but far clouds. Suit collars clanged together with hugs. The groups behind were
to breathe. ‘It’s gonna be okay,’ she told Elise. But Elise didn’t know what was wrong. ‘I got Puppy back,’ she said. And then she remembered that Jewel didn’t know about her new pet. She looked down to see Puppy peeing on Jewel’s boot, which must be like saying hello. ‘A dog,’ Jewel said. She squeezed Elise’s shoulder. ‘You can’t keep her. Dogs are dangerous.’ ‘She’s not dangerous!’ Puppy chewed on Elise’s hand. Elise pulled away and rubbed Puppy’s head. ‘Did you get her from the bazaar?
be hers. Reactor red. It blended right in with her overalls. The lift rose, slowed to a stop and opened on the dark supply room on fifty-four. Charlotte staggered out, remembered something and stepped back inside. She kicked the doors open as they tried to shut, was angry with them now. With her elbow, she tried to wipe the lift buttons clean. There was a smear of blood, a fingerprint, on button fifty-four, a sign pointing to where she had gone. It was no use. The doors again tried to close, and