Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is another dystopian fiction I borrowed from the library for my husband to read… and then I ended up reading it! From Goodreads:
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: they are allowed outside…
I enjoyed this! Wool is a (mostly) fast-paced page turner for sure, especially the first section. Howey’s world building in Wool is fantastic—I could absolutely picture the 200-level underground, industrial silos and desolate outside landscape. Each of the five sections leaves the reader with a fantastic cliffhanger, and the chapters within are short enough that it’s easy to find yourself all of a sudden a couple hundred pages in (although, I will say that at 500+ pages, it might be a little overlong… perhaps 350 would be enough).
While the characters are very likable, especially the strong female lead Jules, I had trouble picturing them physically a bit because Howey left out descriptions of features sometimes. Some things in this world are a little questionable, like why in hundreds of years do all the people sent to Cleaning outside without fail, actually do the lens cleaning? Really, no rebellion on that ever? There was a little more romance than I would have expected, too.
I’m not sure I’ll drop my other TBR books to move forward with the Silo trilogy, but Wool is good enough as a stand-alone and a great fairly light New World Order conspiracy/post-apocalyptic/dystopian summer read.
Read from June 9 to 14, 2014.