Wool (Hugh Howey)

27 November 2013


In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

Average Rating:

Sinclair Manson (12 February 2014 21:26)

I enjoyed the opening sequence of this book immensely. The writing was crisp, the imagery neatly managed and the ironic twist at the end satisfyingly bitter. The rest of the book was enjoyably fast paced and to me felt aimed at a teenage audience. There were plenty more unexpected turns of the plot that kept me involved with the story right up to the end. I didn't actually stop to think much about the politics of the whole setup while reading the book, although having the IT department as the villains of the story smacked a little of Luddism. I hear scary things about the second book in the trilogy, which now makes it a little difficult to view the first book in isolation.

Marc Reynolds (28 November 2013 12:16)

An enjoyable Fast paced read, set in a bleak future.