Sunday, 22 March 2015

Wool (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey


From Goodreads

An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

My thoughts

I gave this a 4.5 stars or 9/10.

I know I'm late to the party reading this one but I loved it. I'm quite a fan of the Dystopian genre and this book definitely fit the bill well.

At times it was reminiscent in some ways of Lost the TV series due to the Silo in which the people live and in Lost there was a similar structure, underground dwelling.

The Silo is a housing unit built to protect the inhabitants from the Toxic environment outside. The Silo is split into many floor levels all connected by a huge spiral staircase that is the main access to all floors. The spiral staircase is the hub of the Silo life and news is soon passed from floor to floor like chinese whispers.

Wool (Silo, #1) is an omnibus of 5 shorter books, it sets the scene very nicely for Shift (Silo, #2) which is followed by Dust (Silo, #3).

I really engaged with the characters, there are some goodies and a few baddies. To find out who fits which group I advise you to read the book for yourself.

I don't want to comment too much more for the sake of spoiling the story for you, but suffice to say it's extremely atmospheric. The writing is to the point and I found it to be well written. I'm probably not alone but as I was reading it, I kept getting feelings of claustrophobia as if I was living in the Silo with the inhabitants.

I've already got Shift waiting for me at my local Library and can't wait to get started on it.

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