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Wool by Hugh Howey
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Jan 24, 2013

really liked it

Wool is an interesting and claustrophobic novel. It is what you might call a post apocalypse story but set with the boundaries of a silo within which generations of survivors know it as their only world, one heavily controlled, and where exiting means a toxic death. The exceptions are ‘cleaners’ those sentenced to death who leave the silo to clean the external sensors until such time as they die from the toxins. The Silo is a place where you don’t ask questions, they will lead to your death and if you ask too many questions, everyone will die.

At the heart of this is a story about society, hope, control and structure. Every few generations comes a thinker and a questioner and Jules is one and she will cause turmoil for everybody as she seeks the truth. And so the truth unravels and that might be the worst thing that could happen.

It’s a thoughtful and well written novel that does make you think a bit. It also makes you understand the motives of all the characters involved, you can see why they are doing what they do and there is a logic to it. Not much of a cheerful note in this, but it remains a powerful book and well worth picking up.

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