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Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
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really liked it
bookshelves: post-apocalyptic-reads

When one considers the origin of this book, that it began its life as a serial novel, it's hard not to be impressed by it. Hugh Howey crafted an intriguing world that has the potential to span over numerous books (and it does). As a post-apocalyptic fan, I was incredibly curious about its secret origins and the wild setup of silos as mankind's supposed last refuge.

Howey's ability to keep me turning pages was similarly impressive, like when (view spoiler), and I had to finish the scene before setting the book down. For the world and the forward movement of the plot, this book deserves some stars.

I did find myself questioning some aspects of this world, however. For example, how is there not a simple pulley system to move goods up and down the center of the silo? Those poor, miserable porters traversing 144 floors! I understand not having an elevator in order to maintain control over the inhabitants and to keep them from communicating too easily, and I realize that later in the series, the stairs serve an even more nefarious purpose. I just didn't find it believable that a simple rope and pulley system stretching down through the center of the stairs for the single, approved purpose to move goods wouldn't have been implemented. But I went with it.

Another aspect I struggled with was the romance (if one can call it that) between (view spoiler). Damn, because who doesn't want to be enveloped in a passionate affair between star-crossed lovers in a post-apocalyptic dystopia? I know I do.

Wool was a fun read, the strongest feature of which for me was the world itself/the mystery of how it ended years prior. I'll likely continue with the series.
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June 29, 2020 – Shelved
June 29, 2020 – Shelved as: post-apocalyptic-reads

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