Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wool Omnibus is a collection of five short stories by Hugh Howey. I had never heard of it until I listened to an interview with the author on Geeks Guide to the Galaxy. The interview was fascinating and Wool sounded very intriguing, especially because the first story was available for free. I was looking for something short to read during lunch breaks at work so I picked it up.
I think that was a really good move on Howey’s part, because the opening story was incredibly gripping and upon finishing it I immediately bought Wool Omnibus. I just couldn’t wait to dig into the rest of the story.
Perhaps my favorite part was the setting. In Wool, a group of people are living within an underground silo some years after an unknown disaster. We learn pretty quickly that there are a lot of secrets not shared with the general populace, the type of secrets that could cause a lot of trouble if leaked. That added a satisfying element of mystery to the story.
Another thing I really liked was the characters. Juliette in particular was my favorite. She was just such a strong, unyielding individual, you really couldn’t help but root for her.
The five episodes really wove together an exciting and suspenseful plot with a few nice little twists, twists that may make you rethink some of our previous opinions.
Overall, Wool Omnibus was a really great collection. I really enjoyed it and I expect that it will quickly become a science fiction classic. A must read.