Wool Omnibus [Wool 1 - 5] Super Quick Review

 Wool Omnibus Edition [1 to 5]

I just finished reading Wool 1 to 5 [and just purchased 6 for Kindle]. What started as a very short story, Wool, by Huge Howey, turned out to be an on-going series. Huge actually has a word-counter meter on his web page, logging how many words he has on each Wool book in progress. A little bit obsessive-compulsive, but, hey, whatever floats his yacht.

Without spoiling anything, Wool 1 is almost a passive aggressive way of giving sci-fi classics of “discovering the truth,” or pulling away the curtain, the middle finger. The premise is very simple, hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are living in a Silo. It has a very simple structure. Resources are limited, people are divided into groups [mechanics, ITs, farmers, etc], and they are loosely governed by a mayor, elected by the dwellers of the Silo, and a few police.

On the top level of the Silo, there are wall screens showing them the outside world: a grey, toxic, dilapidated world that will kill anyone who comes in contact with the air. This view reminds people how important the Silo is. It keeps them safe, secured inside the air lock.

Anyone found talking about venturing into the outside world is considered a criminal, and will be sent to their death by “cleaning.” [This is pretty much on first few pages of the book, so don't worry about spoilers].

They put them in a suit, designed to protect them from the elements, some wool and cleaning supplies, and they are to clean the lenses that show them the world outside.

Everyone who had sent to “cleaning,” even the ones vowed they’ll never clean, did, in fact, cleaned the lenses before they die when the toxic fume claimed them. All their bodies are visible outside, laying there on the hills.

That world seems logically enough, who would ever question such premises, right? Until an IT technician founded some deleted partition in the servers’ hard drives.

That’s as far as I can go. But that’s only a very minor part of the Silo story. As more people opened up to the story, we learn much more secrets in the Silo.

If you are a sci fi reader. Probably most of the twist and turns are not going to surprise you. But Huge’s success is not to retell the similar story, but his attention to detail, his ability to slowly build up a story that’s so rewarding and worth the read.

Wool 1 is very short, but Wool 1 to 5 is about 539 pages.

If you like sci fi, I can’t think of a better way to spend a few days.

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