Elias is a priest in a silo, an underground community where the remnants of mankind have locked themselves away from a shattered, poisoned world. He does his best to minister to the faithful and offer confession and comfort to criminals condemned to a brief, terminal exile in the toxic mists outside.
Today’s confession is different. The criminal Elias meets is a eleven-year-old girl who believes the world aboveground is Heaven, and that she’s been chosen to clean Heaven’s windows and reveal the truth to everyone living within the silo. Elias must solve the puzzle of this strange girl and test the limits of his own faith. Are the silo and the world outside its walls what they appear to be? Will he follow her into a shining new paradise, or join her in an agonizing death?
“The Last Prayer” is a short story set in the world of Hugh Howey’s dystopian viral bestseller, Wool. Perry offers us an introduction to the silo and its denizens with a brief tale of an old man, a young girl, and a crisis of faith that might transform their world.
Fan-fic often gets a bad rap for being derivative and of inferior quality to original works, but Perry does a fine job illustrating the oppressive dolor of the silo and the weary conformity of its citizens, introducing believable, sympathetic characters, and providing the reader a tantalizing flicker of hope that beckons in the darkness, drawing the protagonist, and us, toward what may lie beyond the silo’s corroded walls. It’s a good story, the first of a series, and I look forward to future installments.
You can find “The Last Prayer” in a Kindle edition at Amazon.com, and at 99 cents, it’s a steal. Give it a read.
>>This review is based upon a copy of the story provided to me free of charge by the publisher, a courtesy I appreciate, but which does not guarantee my recommendation. I strive to evaluate every book I review purely on its intrinsic merits.<<