Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wool by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

I had heard such great things about this book...erm..series. It's kinda hazy how many books are actually in this series, as I think that several novellas are mixed in as well as the full length books.  I don't care, I just know this book blew me away. I couldn't put it down. 

This isn't a happy tale. The human race is pretty much smushed into this one little silo that is tunneled deep into the earth. Each section is it's own little community and in charge of certain things, like food, power, water..etc. The higher up you go, the more posh and seemingly comfortable. The biggest mistake a person can make is to wonder about what's outside the silo. If you voice your curiosity, you get sent out there to see. And you die. But first they ask/make you clean the cameras..

There is so much going on, but it never felt too scattered. The characters were all pretty well developed and worked well. There were a few scenes that got me near weepy. I won't go into details so as not to spoil, but dang...Holston and his wife...*sob* 

This is the first part of a three part series. I will be reading the rest sometime soon, so stay tuned. 

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