Book Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

Last night at midnight, I finally finished the New York Times bestseller Wool by Hugh Howey. Wool is a collection of the first five books in the Silo series. It’s about a utopian society that resides in the bowels of an underground silo, hinted to be in what used to be Atlanta.

The premise is that the outside world is poisoned or perhaps in a state of fallout, and anyone who goes outside, is promptly killed. Thus, any criminal activity or crimes against The Order, the silo’s government or law, is sentenced to ‘cleaning’.

The convicted must brave the elements outside to clean the camera lenses on top of the silo so that the community inside can get a clear look at the world around them. A world they will never see. But a world that when exposed, is nothing like the world the IT Department of the silo wants them to see.

Lead by Bernard, IT is in charge of keeping the order in the silo. And with that responsibility, comes deceit, violence, and murder.

I was obsessed with this book by the end of the first story, which follows the silo’s sheriff, Holston, who is working to unravel the mystery of his late wife’s volunteer ‘cleaning’. The next main character, Juliette, is even more crafty and intriguing than the former.

This is an excellent story of community, conspiracy, and bravery, by the bestselling independent writer, Howey.

Those hooked, can continue the Silo series with the sequels Shift and Dust. And while your at it, be sure to check out Howey’s blog here. It’s a wealth of information about writing and about the publishing industry. I consider it a must read for writers.

 

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