Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Catching up: WOOL by Hugh Howey (2013)

WoolNever has a post-apocalyptic novel been so gripping, full of intrigue and suspense with an overarching sense of impending doom as Hugh Howey’s WOOL. The world within the silo supports humanity, constrained by a series of iron clad rules and regulations. Time has all but discarded life prior to the underground fortress with the inhabitants going about their day-to-day lives without thought nor fear for the way things are.

WOOL’s world is set post an extension-level-event, hundreds of years after the fact. However, Jules, a skilled mechanic working in the deep down of Silo 18 bucks the trend, questioning the Silo’s means and confronting the decision makers. She’s one woman who has the potential to end life on Silo 18 as its inhabitants have come to know it.

This is one of those rare books set in what has become an over indulged genre that sets itself apart by virtue of a brilliantly well paced plot, a desolate and overtly dangerous and mysterious landscape that captures the readers imagination, and a protagonist you can’t help but like.

I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough – this one has it all and will no doubt be on my ‘best of’ reading lists at year’s end. Now onto SHIFT...

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