By Ross B. Lampert
Wool is the title of both the first novella and the first five stories in the Silo series, and the book which rocketed Hugh Howey to science fiction stardom. Deservedly so.
WARNING: There are spoilers in this review. I’ll put them in a different font so you can spot and skip them if you wish.
Wool is the story of a large, thoroughly developed community of people (hundreds if not a few thousand) who have lived for a long time in a 144 story deep underground silo. One of many, as it turns out, but the residents of Silo 18 don’t know that there are other silos until late in the story. Until then, only a select few even know that they’re “Silo 18.”
The silo culture is divided into dozens of functional groups: the Mechanicals live in the “down deep,” the lowe...Read More