Wool – Hugh Howey


4star_FotorGenre: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

Thousands of them have lived underground. They’ve lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you’ll get what you wish for.

Wool is a refreshing post-apocalyptic story about humanity fleeing into an underground silo. What makes Wool standout from others of its genre is its use of secrets and manipulation. Most novels in this genre feature a widespread government that exerts its control over the people through physical force and manipulation. Wool doesn’t have an all-powerful government; instead they have few key authority figures that hold devastating secrets that could destroy everything they’ve been working towards.

The world of this novel and what caused humanity flee to an underground silo are the best part of the novel. The discovery about the truth of the toxic world outside and how society functions inside the silo are slowly teased out throughout the length of the novel, making a bit more of a slower paced read. Despite the slow pace, it is consistent throughout with enough mystery and politics to keep readers stuck to the pages while cursing the people of IT.

The main character, Juliette, is fleshed out with a unique personality. She’s been pulled out of her element of mechanics to a more prestigious position with new politics and rules to follow. She quickly finds herself overwhelmed and discovers terrifying truths about the world she lives in. I enjoyed her tenacity and resourcefulness. She reminded me of a character from The Martian by Andy Weir, savvy and knowledgeable in her trade. Juliette is what Jazz from Artemis by Andy Weir should have been.  

Overall, Wool is a refreshing post-apocalyptic story that stands on its own if need be, but also enhanced with further storytelling.

3 thoughts on “Wool – Hugh Howey

  1. I bought ‘Wool’ when it was first released, but then packed up and moved house. I think my copy is still awaiting to be unpacked in my many boxes of novels… about time I get to setting up the lidrary so I can find this book. Your review has me eager to put it on the top of my TBR!

    Plus all those books I’ll rediscover – it will feel like Christmas.

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