‘Wool’ by Hugh Howey (2012)
You would be forgiven for thinking I had stopped blogging about my reading, it has been so long since my last post. These past 6 weeks have given me a reading experience like I have never had before in my life. I know plenty of people who read several books at once. My uncle openly admits to reading lots of bits of books and almost never finishing one. This is not my style at all. I’m normally a strictly one-book-at-a-time kind of girl.
On top of this, it is very unusual for me to start reading a book and give it more than one reading session before deciding I don’t want to finish it. Both of these things have happened in the last 6 weeks.
First, I should tell you that I tried very hard to read and keep reading ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin. It was lent to me by my friend, Shaun, and recommended to me by many others. I think I understand why it was recommended, but around page 90 or so it inspired my first nightmare… and so it was abandoned.
I should also tell you that I’m about half way through ‘Eureka’ by Peter Fitsimons. It is a fascinating book, written well, and I shall return to it, but it is a big, heavy, hard-cover book and so at bed time I tried to read the first book in a series called ‘The Debt’ by Phillip Gwynne – a young adult fiction novel that should be good, but sadly, isn’t.
And so we come back to the point of this post. Two weeks ago I picked up ‘Wool’. From that moment, everything else was forgotten and every moment of reading time I have been able to steal has been devoted to removing myself from reality and re-entering the Silo world. ‘Wool Omnibus’ contains Books 1 to 5 in the Wool series. There are 3 more books to read (downloading to my Kindle from Amazon as I type), with the final book forthcoming.
Set in the very distant future, it tells the story of a well-ordered, hierarchical society, operating in strict accordance with the rules. There is no room for non-conformity, no room for questioning or curiosity. Do your job, follow the rules, or suffer the consequences. In Book One the consequences are made startlingly clear. In Book Two the complete commitment to maintaining order and conformity is confirmed. This is a book that invites you in, delivers you likable and believable characters, and then steals them away from you before you’re willing to let go. Nevertheless, the book keeps you firmly in its grasp. And with Books 3 to 5, the action is fast-paced and engrossing. There is nothing to understand about this story, yet everything makes perfect sense. There is nothing to like about this society, yet you don’t want it to fail. There is nothing to comprehend or accept about this world, but you want it to be alright.
And so my fascination with dystopian fiction continues. This is a fine book to add to my, ‘You Must Read’ list. Get ‘Wool’… read ‘Wool’.
I LOVED THIS BOOK.