Hugh Howey has started something, and something big.
Hugh is successfully self-published, writes content everyone loves (I’m happy to say I was a very early adopter of his work), he’s readily available to chat with media folk, and he’s hit the golden dream of having his indie work sold for movie rights (Wool movie rights were nabbed by Fox/Ridley Scott)
Hugh is also pretty cool about letting people expand on his world that he created with his self-published books of Wool, Shift, and now Sand.
But I digress, this particular piece isn’t about Hugh, but about a man that Hugh suggested I pick up and read, and that’s Peter Cawdron’s work.
And then you can’t get much better of a fictional world when author Peter Cawdron decides to pick up a piece of the world of Wool and have a go at it… and that he does, with his fan-fiction piece called Silo Saga: Shadows.
In the world of Wool, shadows are those who train under a lead of any particular aspect of life. Whether that be machinists, horticulturist, education… all senior folks have shadows to train, preparing someone to take over or move off into their own.
Reading Shadows, you get the best of both worlds… Peter has recreated the feel of the Wool universe where life is lived underground in silos designed to “save” humanity while you also get Peter’s edge for scientific accuracy, all while keeping it easy to digest.
Peter takes the term “fan fiction” to an entirely different level as he tackles the story of younger Silo characters who fall into the lives of porters, the denizens of the silo that inadvertently see it all in their travels.
If you’re in the middle of a Howey book, like say, if you haven’t read DUST yet and you are planning on it, then hold off reading Shadows. There are some spoilers that won’t seem like such, but if you get around to it, you’ll start making funny grumbling sounds!
In Shadows, there’s the tale of Susan and Charlie. Charlie was the daring silo citizen, always curious about things, always looking to make things better. But sometimes, he made things too good and this caused issues and concerns with those who were set in the old ways.
And Charlie’s keen sense of observation unfolded some mysteries of the outside world, of the cleaning and the victims left behind outside the silo. And this is how the book starts. But there’s so much more.
When you start out, you’re thinking fan fiction… this can’t quite compare. Yet it takes very little time to get sucked into this small world of a silo. And before you know it, you forget that this was not written by Hugh himself.
Peter has captured all the nuances and mystique that is the world of Wool with Shadows and it’s a worthy addition to anyone’s collection of Wool stories… or if you read Peter’s work, then this will be an incredible addition to your Cawdron collection.