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Journal of No. 118

August 20th, 2012

Wool 1-5, by Hugh Howey @ 07:28 pm


La McInnis tipped me off to Wool, and I picked up the first 5 in the omnibus edition for the Kindle, cheap. It's great page-turning stuff, with even a few big ideas floating around. I have a few quibbles here and there with the plot and characters, but it's definitely engaging.
In a post-Whoops scenario, everyone lives in a 'silo': a huge cylindrical space burrowed down into the earth for 150 floors or so, some strata dedicated to food productions, others to power production, IT, etc. Everything is run under a rigid law, explicitly designed to keep people orderly for the long period of time until the surface becomes inhabitable again. But things start to fall apart. Although you root for the dissolution of the rigid law, there's enough subtlety in the story to make you quasi-understand the necessity of such laws.
Wool 6 is out, and I'll probably give it a look-see.
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Journal of No. 118