Friday, 19 September 2014

Book Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

My Review:
I read the omnibus version.

I found this book very disappointing.

It got off to a good start, following the story of Holston, a man in charge of security who decides he must go outside to find out what happened to his wife who had already left. His story was intriguing and through him we find out that you must win the lottery to grant you a year to try to conceive a child and that when the windows with one view of the ouside world get dirty, someone who commits a crime or declares they want to go outside must go out into the deadly air to clean the windows with a limited air supply before dying. His wife investigating the Silo history and then ending up sentenced to clean had me screaming 'conspiracy!' and I wanted to know what she found. I was to be disappointed. This part of the story concluded, and the book went downhill quickly. (I assume that this was the end of the first part that was published)

We start all over again with several different characters, a never ending journey through the silo to visit people, descriptions of everything and zero hapening except a new job being handed out. It becomes slow, boring and over descriptive. The characters that we follow now lack the interest of our original hero and they just didn't excite me. It does not build on the first part, it just starts again with new people and we don't get any closer to answers or Allison's investigation. It was frustrating and I started getting tired of the moaning and complaining of the dear leader about how tough her job was. Try being the people who provide everything for your comfort deep in the dark darn Silo then.

I know the world is meant to be grim and it certainly is but it also has to be interesting and intriguing. There must be some exciting plot device to keep the reader hooked but as I turned page after page nothing seemed to change. Dreary conditions. Moaning people. Lack of anything happening. And the plot that was there did not excite or rivet me. Take the cleaning for example. Every single person sent out to die agrees to do the cleaning. Oh come on! Your peers have sent you out there to die in the toxic air and none of them decide to take revenge on those inside by leaving the windows dirty? I find that hard to believe, knowing human nature. Someone would have stuck their fingers up at the camera for sure!

I like to be surprised in books so I don't mind if characters die or shocks and bad things happen. But the way this book was jerking the reader around pissed me off. The author uses Holton and his story to draw you into the plot and as soon as we care about him, he dies. The story switches to the Mayor who is a less interesting heroine but she is ok and we think she might be the future of the Silo. But the author decides otherwise again. By part three, a new character was being groomed for MC status and I had enough and abandoned the book. If the author plans to keep changing the MC is has to be for sound reasons but here I felt it was just for shock value and that doesn't work for me.

So overall this was not for me.
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