Yes. Anyone who enjoys speculative, scifi, or dystopian fiction would enjoy this trilogy. Beginning with "Wool" the second book is "Shift" and "Dust" wraps up the silo series. While "Wool" could stand alone, the series is not complete without reading all three. But they aren't too long and never boring. Read the books in ORDER there are spoilers!
People are born, live, and die in an underground silo. For them, this is the world and the outside is deadly and always has been. They've been in the silo for as long as anyone can remember, longer. They are the only ones, the gods built the silo and provided for their every need. It's a grim existence, but they don't know that. They tow the line and live by the rules, if they don't, they are sent outside to "clean"—wipe the lens on the video camera that confirms that they are safe inside, and the world out there is not.
Those selected to clean do not come back. And the video feed shows that they die, most within minutes and within sight. There are powerful incentives to obey the laws of the silo, and yet there are a few who rebel—and die, until one brave young woman who comes back in from a cleaning.
What will she find out? Who really built the silo? And, why?
"Wool" introduces the world of the Silo. "Shift" let's us know there is more to this world than the inhabitants know about, gives us a look at the creators, and their diabolical motivations. "Dust" puts the inhabitants in more peril than they can believe, and finally resolves it in a twist that is both unexpected, and a little bit predictable, but satisfying.
There will be a movie(s). But don't wait for that, you'll enjoy the story as it is.
Better than Divergent, not quite as good as the Hunger Games. Definitely worth the time and credits!
He does a good job with the book, but I felt like a female narrator would have been better at least for the sections where the point of view was a female—which is more than half of the book and series.
What if the world was ended, on purpose, by the powers that be? What if you were the only one who knew—could you convince others? What if your lives depended on it?
Hugh Howey had a tendency especially in the first book and some in the second, to overuse the word, "palms". (34 times in Wool!) He could have picked some synonyms. The reason this became very noticeable was Tim Reynold's pronunciation—he said it like "pams." The use of the word grew less as the books went on, but it bugged me.
I did notice that the writing got better and better with each book. And, it wasn't bad to start with. It's no wonder Howey has picked up the support of a publisher for his print work, and he's a smart guy for hanging on to the ebooks and audio as a self-publisher! Congratulations on a job well done!
I'll be watching for new books from Hugh Howey.
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