As a bit of a library geek and a title like this I had to read the book. Unfortunately, it isn't my type of book. It's a action crime novel where the...moreAs a bit of a library geek and a title like this I had to read the book. Unfortunately, it isn't my type of book. It's a action crime novel where the main character goes around killing people, hired as a hit man. Honestly think this book would appeal more to guys. If there's Chick Lit then there must be Guy Lit and this is it.
The future dystopian aspect to the book, could have been appealing. But I really didn't like the main character, talk about flaws! Purposeful, but sometimes I just had a hard time believing all the running around he does, especially just one day after knee replacement surgery, no sleep, and so on.
I would give the book 2 stars, maybe 2 1/2, but bumping it up to 3 since it's not my type of book, and it might be more appealing to those who like to read this type of book.(less)
Post-apocalyptic books entice me to read them, particularly global-warming caused, but this one was a lousy book. I should have stopped reading it ins...morePost-apocalyptic books entice me to read them, particularly global-warming caused, but this one was a lousy book. I should have stopped reading it instead of actually finishing it. I kept thinking it has got to get better, but it didn’t. Waste of time. It was not interesting. The timeline jumped around way too much, I suppose in attempt to create suspense for the story, but it didn’t work, it just got in the way. I was barely interested in what happened to these people, or why, the big question why was Mat staying there when he could get out, when the people closest to him said to leave, the question is never answered satisfactorily. All in all save yourself and skip this one. (less)
I finished reading Wool last night and I have to say I am impressed. It’s no wonder this self-published author has been so successful. He knows how to...moreI finished reading Wool last night and I have to say I am impressed. It’s no wonder this self-published author has been so successful. He knows how to write! This book is quick, and once you start it is hard to put down until the end. The pull of wanting to know what happens next is strong. It was originally written in serial form, short stories that Simon & Schuster picked up and put into the book I read. If I had did not have all five parts in one, I would be annoyed wanting the next installment. Where the book ended was at a good point, satisfied enough. Clearly left open for a sequel. Actually I thought the last portion wasn’t as strong as some of the other areas. But I’m not going to quibble. This was a good book! I will definitely read more of Howey’s works.
The story itself is a post-apocalyptic book where the people live in an enormous underground silo. The world unravels as you read and I don’t want to give away anything as it may spoil the joy in finding out about this inventive world. Even if you don’t typically read Science Fiction I think this book would appeal to you. I definitely recommend reading this book!(less)
Not quite as good as the first installment. Again the book leaves off with the story not complete. This book felt like a littl...moreThree and a half stars.
Not quite as good as the first installment. Again the book leaves off with the story not complete. This book felt like a little more revision or editing was needed, a few places where it was unclear who was talking, saying "he" with a room of males doesn't help. Most of the story again takes place in dialogue, but some of the back and forth was repetitive. Overall a quick read and enjoyable enough that I could recommend reading it, just not heartily. Hopefully with the next book the writing is a little better.
Since I received this book free (Thank you Penguin!!) I read the first Viral Nation in the series. It has been worth my time for both books, but not sure how hard I'll look for the next one in the series. Will have to wait and see as this one just came out.(less)
A very painful and deadly virus wiped out most of the population before anything was developed to save everyone. A suppressant was found by Waverly vi...moreA very painful and deadly virus wiped out most of the population before anything was developed to save everyone. A suppressant was found by Waverly via a time portal under Lake Tahoe that took him exactly two years in the future. Fortunately the portal returns the person to their own time line. Waverly gave the found drug to Stead who developed the cure that saved everyone, with one problem -- that a dose must be administered every day to keep the virus from returning.
To ensure the daily dosing and help everyone, the survivors were moved to one city per state, evenly distributed, and a wall went up around the cities for protection. To make sure crime stays low to non-existent, the time portal is used to find out about future crimes so they may arrest the offenders before they could do any harm. The Waverly-Stead Company is quite powerful in this world.
The story takes place mainly in Reno, which is one of the most important cities now. It's 16 years after the devastating virus and Bad Times that proceeded the outbreak. The main characters are siblings West and Clover Donovan, and Mango the helper dog, because Clover has autism.
The book is a fast read since it's nearly all dialog. It's definitely geared towards teens, young adult. An autistic main character was a great decision on Grimes part. It adds dimension and something new in the post-apocalyptic/dystopian young-adult genre. A warning...the book ends okay, but there aren't any real solid resolutions. This is only the beginning of a series and you will definitely want to read the next one. (less)