KayKay #CRB6 Review #28 Wool by Hugh Howey


This series was heavily reviewed on Cannonball last year.  I did read the sample, but it didn’t pull me in.  My book club had this listed as an option for our second book, so I figure I’d give it a chance.  Despite a very interesting premise, reading this book felt like walking up 148 flights of stairs.  I give this book 3 stars.

Here’s a breakdown…


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What is this book about?

In a future where the outside is toxic, humans now live in underground silos.  There are 148 floors, with mechanical being at the bottom and IT (an evil group) is in the upper mids.  There are floors for farming, nurseries, shopping, apartments, etc.  Whenever someone breaks a law (or asks too many questions), they are assigned to ‘cleaning’, which means they don a suit and have to clear off the sensors outside.  Then, unable to withstand the toxic air, they die.  The new sheriff (originally from Mechanical), Jules, after asking too many questions, is put to the cleaning.  Except, coming from Mechanical, they made sure Supply gave IT (the makers of the suits) good quality material (Surprise, evil IT was purposely giving people inferior suits so they would die).  She was able to live and walk to the next silo (Surprise,  there were other silos).  The silo she found had an ‘uprising’ and everyone (except one man and several children) were dead.  She returns to her silo in an attempt to save Lucas, only to find her silo has overturned the evil head of IT (Bernard).  Lucas will be head of IT, Peter the sheriff, and they want her to be mayor (the trifecta of power).  Jules agrees on the condition they can be honest with the people (they are in silos because something their government did to the world) Future installments of this series will show what’s going on in other books.

What did I think about this book?

I definitely needed to skim read this one.  There was a lot of descriptive information I didn’t feel was pertinent to the movement of the story.

I did like the concept, and liked Jules as a character.

Favorite Lines?

“And that’s when Juliette realized what she had to do.  A project to pull the wool back from everyone’s eyes…”

“…these are silos.  They hold seeds for the bad times.  For until the times get good again.”

Final Thoughts?

I’m curious to know what is going on in the other silos.

I’m curious to know why the government has poisoned the world.

I’m not sure if I’m curious enough to read the sequels…


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