Dystopian, General YA, Thriller:


11 Jun 2016 by Becca, No Comments »
WOOLWOOL by Hugh Howey
Published by Random House Publishing Group on June 29th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, General YA, Thriller
Pages: 563

Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for.  -GoodReads.com

You know when you really don’t want to do something, but you have already started it and feel that you have stepped over the ledge and now must see the task, albeit begrudgingly, to its completion?

WOOL was kind of like that for me.

I felt some deep desire to make it to the end of the novel in order to figure out what would happen, but there were times during this book that I would rather have sat in a dentist’s chair instead because at least it would add a little excitement to my life.

Actually, maybe that is taking it too far. I was at the dentist last week and while I have found a particularly good one, I can only assume that dentistry is some form of the leftover remnant of medieval torture.

Juliette is a strong female protagonist throughout the story. She has a “fight the man” attitude that this book’s universe greatly needs. I find it hard to imagine that after hundreds of years, thousands of citizens were unable to uncover one of the fundamental truths of their entire existence.

The rest of the characters were kind of lackluster in my opinion. This is partially due to the fact that the reader finally begins to feel for a character, even accepting long periods of internal dialogue, only to be left with yet another dead character after the fact. It is quite annoying to learn all about a character, only to have them die in the next chapter.

While I love Game of Thrones (the show), the very fact of supporting characters dying on a regular basis has always made me aggravated, and so I found myself having similar feelings while reading WOOL.

While this book took eons to read, the build-up of suspense and intriguing action scenes during the latter half of the book kept me going. Unfortunately, when I was finally on a roll and turning page by page with no consideration of the world around me (ie. eating and sleeping, etc.) the book kind of fell flat in the final chapters.

It seemed to skip through what could have been the ‘good’ parts because the author realized that his never-ending discussions about the inner workings of the silo left no room for additional storyline at the end when it really mattered. Or maybe he never realized this at all, and instead he had an obsession with describing the gears and tiddly bits of the silo’s structure, opposed to the evolution of characters and a potentially kick-ass ending.



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