Oct 162013
Review: WoolWool (, Silo #1) by Hugh Howey
Published by Simon & Schuster on Mar 12, 2013
Genres: Adult, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic
Format: Paperback from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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 find it so hard to review books that I loved, especially long books. This is no exception. I loved this dystopian story. It reminded me strongly of The Passage, which I also loved.

This was first written as 5 short stories, that have now been combined into one large novel. This structure means that the story regularly goes up and down in intensity. This structure really keeps the reader engaged since there is very little filler or lulls in the story. This structure, as well as the length, means that the focus of the story is able to shift between characters in a natural progression. A longer time frame is used, and more plots are interwoven.

Overall, I loved this story. It was gripping and engaging. I had a hard time putting the book down, and flew through the 500+ pages in just a few days. I’d highly recommend this to readers who enjoy dystopians. Don’t be put off by the length; once you start, it won’t seem long enough.

  3 Responses to “Review: Wool”

  1. I just downloaded these books, thanks to you! I can’t wait to get started on them. I suffer the same hardship when I review books that I absolutely love. Words just fall short, don’t they?

    • Can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve bought the next omnibus (#6-8) already and plan to read during my next open, non scheduled spot.

  2. Yay! You’re totally correct. Reviewing a more than awesome book is way way too hard. It feels like every word you typed to describe your feelings for it is inadequate. Plus, it’s very scary on not being able to convey the real message because you might not give the book the justice it deserves.

    “and flew through the 500+ pages in just a few days. I’d highly recommend this to readers who enjoy dystopians. Don’t be put off by the length;– Very true. If it’s a good book, the length does not even matter. You’ll be even sorry to see the last page of the book.

    Thank you for this review!

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