Dystopian, Family, Science Fiction

Wool by Hugh Howey

Before I read a book, I like to read reviews on Goodreads. It’s interesting to see other people’s opinions on the same book that I just read. When I read the reviews this time, I became confused with everyone talking about sequels and an omnibus and short stories. So far all of those reading this review, I just want to clarify that the version I am reading is the full version of Wool that is about 500 pages long. I guess it is what is being referred to as an Omnibus. Hopefully that will clarify things for future readers.

In a toxic world, a community exists in a giant silo underground. It is hundreds of stories deep, with each level serving a purpose. The men and women living in this society follow the regulations strictly, counting on the rules to protect them. But one day, Sheriff Holston, an unwavering rule-abider, decides to break one of the greatest taboos of the silo: he asks to go outside. His fateful decision unleashes a series of events that leads to the appointment of an unlikely candidate for sheriff: Juliette, a mechanic who lives all the way at the bottom-most level. Now, it is up to Juliette to fix the silo and keep the peace – but she will soon learn the cost. The silo is about to face an event that has only ever been hinted about: an uprising.

I knew this novel would be a long read. And it was. It took me several days to get through it all, and that was with me abandoning all other books to focus on it. But it was worth the effort. This novel takes dystopia to a whole new level. This story is so deep, and involves so many characters, that you can’t help but be sucked into it. I really liked Juliette, with her brash attitude and her stubborn streak. I liked all of the people in Mechanical. There was a backstory that worked for almost all of the characters, and the interactions between them were very realistic. The author did a great job in showing how, instead of banding together during times of crises, living in this community with different levels set people apart. It showed  the discord that can be sown through distrust. I loved the route that the author took with this story; it was very unique and it left me wanting more. While some parts were overly descriptive, I didn’t really mind because the story was just so good! I think there is a sequel to this novel, so I am quite excited what happens next in this story! This book is definitely a heavy read but it is well worth the time!

0 thoughts on “Wool by Hugh Howey

    1. I definitely understand about being on the fence, it took me a long time to muster up the gumption to pick up this book! But it is a very well-written novel with an interesting viewpoint! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it once you are done!

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