When I first found Wool, by Hugh Howey, I simply saw a huge book that stuck my curiosity. I love the look of big books and this one made my mouth water. When I purchased it at a discounted price, via Barnes & Noble Marketsellers, I knew it had to be mind. What I didn't know was it was book one of a tri-book series. Naturally, I had to possess them all, like Pokémon! lol I finally received them and added them to my TBR List.
Book one, Wool, in the Silo Saga is set in the future. Wool is two-fold, to me. It refers to the wool the silo residents used to clean the cameras that watched outside and for the stuff that was pulled over their eyes. I could be wrong, but only Mr. Howey can clarify.
After wars, and the destruction of the world as we know it. There's safety inside the Silo. You don't mention anything outside of it, for it's blasphemy and practically a confession of betrayal to the "cause"- therefore your punishment is death by Cleaning.
Inside the silo, existence is divided into a caste system that keeps their home functioning. When Juliette, a Mech, is assigned to become Sheriff of silo, she's plunged into world where people are lying. They're lying about their existence and whether there are others, out there, beyond the walls of the silo. It's only when she's punished for questioning, while investigating multiple 'suicides' that she finds the truth, and heads an uprising, without even being home, where they're all just trying to be free.
There were a few dry spots in the story, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I just hope Shift is better!
Book Two, Shift, moves backwards. Unlike most trilogies, this book takes you back to when and how the Silo's came to be.
Shift tells three stories: one of Donald, the politician who wanted to steer clear of anything architectural, even though he carried all the credentials from college. He also helped design the future. Then there's the story of Troy, the man who is actually living in the first days of Donald's creations! Lastly, is the story of Mission, a young boy who fought against life itself- the Silo, how the laws were delegated, along with the punishments. There's a few more, but...
It's slightly confusing at first, and just a little slow, but the story carries well. This book answers the open-ended questions of book one, but man- it took just a bit too long to get things going. The explanations took way too long, especially when it came to Donald's waking up and going back to sleep. I can't go any deeper into that without giving out a SPOILER and that's not happening. I even learned about Solo, from book one. I appreciated those stories.
Shift didn't carry on in the same manner but it was a good read for the information it gave. Good but rather laggardly. And how the heck were people going/dying and then coming back in the next chapter?
Looking for more answers...
👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
The final book, Dust, brings it all together, bringing Juliette back and reuniting her with Lucas. All the players are in the game, but exactly how does this bring a resolution to the story?
Juliette and Solo are determined to pay back the ones who created such a world for everyone. Donald and Charlotte are more than ready to help and Luke... poor Luke with his head in the stars has to pay a price. So much happened in this book.
It wasn't so much an explanation in Dust, because much was told in Shift. What this book did was conclude it all. Sadly, there wasn't any excitement with this book. I was just okay with the ending; I didn't walk away with that feeling of satisfaction, imagining what happened after the final page. I just felt done.
Though it was an interesting read, I probably will keep these books for decoration only. I'm not one to reread books, but I may do it in the further future. On to the next book!📚
👓👓👓.5 out of 5 specs
Ratings: 👓👓👓 1/2 out of 5 specs
*The Paladin Sequence is next.
**Books from my personal library, for an honest review.
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