REVIEW: WOOL by Hugh Howey
Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.
Or you’ll get what you wish for.
I had heard a ton of good things about Wool before deciding to pick it up and read it myself.
It is a very well written story that carries you through from page one until the end and keeps you engaged wondering the same questions as Holston, the Sheriff who no longer wants to be Sheriff because he wants to leave the silo and see what’s outside. In Holston’s world saying you want to go outside is like a death sentence because outside the air is toxic and everything is dead. Children in Holston’s world are taught this from a very young age because it doesn’t matter who speaks the treason the end result is the same for everyone.
The book flashes back and forth between present day and Holston’s ordeal of saying he wants to go outside to the final act of him being sent outside, to the past of when Holston’s wife was still alive and spoke those same treason words three years prior. The flash backs bring up a lot of doubts about their society and the possibility of the outside being a a death sentence a lie perpetrated by those in charge to keep the rest in line.
This is only book 1 out of 5 and i’m not really sure where the other 4 books will go because this one seemed to have so much closure. My only guess is the end of book 1 is not what it seems and that I would have to read the others to find out for sure. I probably will eventually read the rest of Wool however with so much seemingly being finished it doesn’t make me want to rush out and read the second one immediately.
Available on Amazon: Wool
Available on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wool-hugh-howey/1104684912?ean=2940013196292&itm=1&usri=wool
This book was purchased by me