The Wool universe never ceases to amaze me. From its creation, because it ignited a success story worthy of Hollywood for its brilliant original author Hugh Howey, to its current state, because it has begun to spawn a multitude of short stories written by other upcoming independent authors. WJ Davies, Patrice Fitzgerald, Jason Gurley, Lyndon Perry (and others I haven't read yet) probably felt, like us Woolites, that here was a world too rich and interesting to let go so fast, and they have the talent to take in new directions, while still respecting the initial story.
To be perfectly honest, I felt a little reluctant at first with Lyndon Perry's story. Religion can be a touchy subject, and it's a matter in which I don't want to be influenced one way or the other. But the silo holds too much of a force of attraction to resist very long, so I tried it anyway.
And I didn't regret it. The Last Prayer is not so much about religious belief as it is about manipulation, betrayal, hope and free will. In other words, its subject matter is universal and its treatment here is unbiased. The story and the characters are very symbolic, the writing is top-notch, and the ending... will leave you thinking for some time.
All in all, I add Lyndon Perry to this great list of authors who have managed to bring me back to the silo. And if I have one last prayer, it is to be brought back there as often as possible. As long as it's in books and we can all breathe the fresh air at the same time.