Saturday, June 1, 2013

RENEW - Book Review of the Third and Final Book in the Archipelago Series by Michael Bunker

This great series is finally completed, much to the joy and satisfaction of Bunker's fans.  THANK YOU!!!

I had never read Hugh Howey's Wool.  But the silo did not need much explanation to understand what was happening to Leah, and her family and friends.  Censorship of the written word is a well known and common concept in any tyrannical society.  And within that oppressive state, we know that there will always be those men and women who will press forward anyway, knowing that liberty of thought and action is necessary for true survival.  After all, life without hope and dreams.... is hardly life.

Samizdat (Russian: самизда т; IPA: [səmɨzˈdat]) was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader. This grassroots practice to evade officially imposed censorship was fraught with danger as harsh
punishments were meted out to people caught possessing or copying censored materials. (From Wikipedia)

The whole series is an easy read, taking only an hour or two for each installment.  But once you've finished you will find it bouncing around in your mind.  What led to the Silo's strict and tyrannical censorship?  How does it compare to our own lives?  What would we do in their position?

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