Wool

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Wool

by Hugh Howey

Pages: 550
Genre: Dystopian
Published: January 25, 2012

Purchase: Amazon | Powell’s

Juliette wondered if she would start talking to objects now. Start going crazy. As the darkness absorbed her, she realized her mind-set was changing by the minute. Resigned to her death the day before, now she was frightened of mere insanity. It was an improvement.

5/5 stars

Even though Wool confused me almost from the beginning, I was hooked right away. It is about civilization living underground in a multi-story silo because the air above ground is too toxic. Most people stay to their sections of the silos because it takes multiple days to go all the way up or down. People have adapted to this new way of life and it seems that only every few years do some people start asking questions about if the air outside is really toxic and what else is out there than what they can see through a window at ground level.

My confusion came from the story beginning by following one character before switching perspectives to another one. When it reaches the third character I wasn’t ready to believe that was the main character but it didn’t even matter since I had to know what was going to happen next.

Juliette ends up being the main character and she starts a tentative relationship with Lukas. I liked the differences between these two characters. She was fearless and committed to doing what was right for her friends while he cared about her, but was also scared to make any drastic changes to his way of living. I liked seeing those different viewpoints and how they had adult conversations about those viewpoints with one another.

I really enjoyed the world building since I imagined an evil society controlling the silo but the truth was so much closer to what I could actually see happening to the human race. That made it much scarier.

There was so much going on with this book that it kept me enthralled the entire time. I couldn’t guess what was going to happen next in the plot, which is always a good sign to me. This would make a fantastic movie, too.

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