Wool by Hugh Howey 3 out of 5 Stars
Hmm… So Wool. This book. This bloody book…. sigh.
Hugh Howey is a indie-author phenomenon. And that is surprising to me.. Not to say he is bad. He’s not. He’s just middle of the road. Mediocre in all ways except for his success which is by all means amazing. But what do I know… I am just a human with his humble little opinion.
Wool definitely had its moments, but other parts of it were just a drag, making the story just fall flat. People are living in a post-apocalypse wasteland where they are only safe inside a giant silo that extends far into the earth. I mean like hundreds of feet into the earth. Like skyscrapers except down. Lots of floors. I mean LOTS. So as you can imagine there are lots of stairs that are used frequently. But that’s okay, if you get tired there are also elevators. Wait. No, there are not. There are zero elevators. Only walking is allowed. Even if you’re old and dying and dead already. That’s rough, buddy. You walk.
And that’s most of the story. Walking. It gets to feeling like every step is being described. (I exaggerate, but still!) Walking and walking. Thinking and thinking. More walking, more thinking. Then talking. Then walking…
It gets tiring… Like all that walking. I’m tired. Sigh…..
Up then down. Drink some water. MEMORY TIME. Someone’s dead. Repeat. Plot moves forward, the pawns die, the story continues! Then there is a love story thrown somewhat randomly into the mix. It should not have been…
Hugh Howey is not a bad writer. He has some characters that are okay. I just never really cared about anyone. And this was a story that seriously needed you to care about the characters… I don’t know. Maybe I’m being a bit tough on this book. I don’t mean to be. It just really didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I was expecting more and I was just let down.
But hey I guess it’s unique. I, myself have never come across a story that was quite like this one. Whether that is because my “Read” list is pitiful or because of its uniqueness might be up for debate, though.
Still some parts held my attention, keeping me interested through this easy read.