Wool ~ Hugh Howey

  • Title: Wool
  • Author: Hugh Howey
  • Series: Wool Series Book 1
  • Genre: Post-apocalyptic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Purchased
  • Reviewed by: Emma
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  They live beneath the earth in a prison of their own making. There is a view of the outside world, a spoiled and rotten world, their forefathers left behind. But this view fades over time, ruined by the toxic airs that kill any who brave them.

So they leave it to the criminals, those who break the rules, and who are sent to cleaning. Why do they do it, these people condemned to death? Sheriff Holston has always wondered. Now he is about to find out.

Review:  Wow! Wow! Wow!

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s beautifully written without being frilly. It’s provocative without being being preachy. It’s clever without being dense. This book is like a six course meal; you get enough of everything without feeling sick, and if you eat all six courses, by the end of it you feel satisfied. All of your taste buds have been tickled and tantalised, your hunger for something different and exciting in every mouthful has been satiated, but there’s still room for more, you wish there was more, you wish you could eat the meal all over again!

From concept to characterisation, Mr Howey has pitched it just right. His world in the silo is believable, his world outside the silo scarily plausible. Juliette is an exceptional protagonist, a reluctant protagonist. She’s nicely flawed but has a core of steel and a heart of gold. I wish I could meet her.

I’m not going to talk about the story. You have to read it for yourself. But read it you must. For all book lovers out there, this is a must read. Go on, you know you want to!