During one of my many trips to Chicago, I found myself with nothing to do on the plane. My children were very tired and needed to sleep so I went in search of a new book. I went to one of the bookstores in O’Hare’s airport and asked for a recommendation. I was taken to Wool, this is a Sci-Fi suspense book written by Hugh Howey.
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I will admit that I had never heard of this author before this book came into my life but I am so glad I found it. Set in a world not too far in the future, that for once isn’t overrun with technology, “Wool” puts a new spin on what a doomsday future might be like. I found this to be an enthralling tale that builds tension at a great pace. I found myself deeply interested in the character’s stories and how the world they live in shaped them.
I love to read but I don’t have that much time for it in my busy life. With this book, I found myself unable to put it down until I finished the story. Following the story in Juliette, who is set to break the system without realizing what she has gotten herself into. Reaching to the core of what you are willing to do and what you can go through for the truth.
The link above will take you to the collected first five short stories in the series. The stories do read as short stories in that they each seem to end with suspense. I would imagine this was to build interest in the next story of the set. I found the collected works as a set and couldn’t imagine what it must have been like to wait for more.
The author masterfully conveys the feeling of desperation, doom, and unrest that stem from questionably voluntary living/imprisonment in the confines of a giant concrete underground shelter in a toxic world, as well as the overpowering need and drive to find out whether there is truth in the faint but forbidden hope that there just may be something better outside.
Try it out. You won’t be sorry.