Hugh Howey’s WOOL
“Is seeing always believing?”
There are so many things to love about this book. It shares nothing in common with The Hungers Games, The Passage or The Matrix ( the first film not the dodgy sequels) but if you liked those stories you will go absolutely nuts for this book like I did.
“You’ve felt it, right? That we could be anywhere, living a lie?”
“Something had happened. A great and powerful thing had fallen out of alignment.”
Part One is only 48 pages but it is more than enough to blow your mind. We meet Holston who is a Sheriff and is waiting in a holding cell to die. Holston lives in a gigantic underground silo which is over 130 stories deep. The outside world is full of toxic air and wastelands. The silo is organized and supplied so that people do not need to go outside. They have food and water and the population is kept in check. A couple cannot have a child until someone else dies and a lottery is held. There is a Mayor, a Sheriff and the laws of The Pact. If a law is broken the punishment is ‘The Cleaning’. ‘The Cleaning’ involves going outside in a specially designed suit and cleaning a gigantic lens which allows the inhabitants to view the outside world. It also involves certain death. Holston is waiting in a holding cell to do ‘The Cleaning’. A task he has volunteered for.
“A project to pull the wool back from everyone’s eyes. A favour to the next fool who slipped up or dared to hope aloud”
“This is how the uprising begins”
This is a story bursting with imagination and ideas. Thought-provoking seems an understatement. Howey does what all great speculative fiction should, he creates a world seemingly removed from our own, in an apocalyptic future, and slowly peels the differences away. There is a lot of hype around this book. This is one of those rare occasions where not only does the book live up to the hype, it exceeds it.
“It is not beyond us to kill to keep secrets.”
ISBN: 9780099580485 ISBN-10: 0099580489 Classification: Science fiction Format: Paperback (198mm x 129mm x 36mm) Pages: 576 Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd Publisher: Cornerstone Publish Date: 25-Apr-2013 Country of Publication: United Kingdom