Wool is part of Hugh Howey’s Silo series. Wool is about a post-apocalyptic America where people live in underground silos. I’ve already read the second book in the series, Shift, and I find the world building of the series brilliant. I also wanted to review this because Hugh Howey got famous for his indie success before getting a print only deal with a major publisher. If you haven’t read any indie books but like post apocalyptic fiction, I recommend this series. Hugh Howey also has a lot of other great science fiction books.
So what’s it about? Sheriff Holston misses his wife and is breaking under his grief. He asks to go outside, a big taboo for the residents due to the toxic air outside. Juliette gets appointed sheriff after Holston against her will. However, Holston’s decision set off a chain of reactions leading to an uprising and some of the sordid history of the silos being revealed.
As I already said, the world building of this series is fantastic. Sheriff Holston’s story was so haunting that it’s hard to forget and I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the story down. This really is a great example of world building that feels like it’s own living, breathing world. This world got so popular there are even books by other authors set in the Silo world.
I’ve already read Shift and will likely continue on to the last book in the series, Dust. I rarely finish a series or trilogy, so this one is a standout in my opinion. One of my favorite things about the series so far is that the little hints as to the history of the silo revealed in Wool get more explanation in Shift. I also found reading about how the cultures form and act fascinating as well.
In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.