Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

My book club read this book over the summer, and I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share it with you!

This sci-fi book is actually a collection of five stories written in series. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic society of humans that live underground in a silo. The setting is a lot like being on a spaceship because they cannot leave the building, lending a tense and claustrophobic aura to the story.

The stakes are high and the plots are intense. Howey is very good at creating and drawing out suspense. The stories move along quickly, though I sometimes got bogged down by some of the technical explanations. But that’s entirely on me—I always zone out and skim through those parts, no matter how well written they are. I know other sci-fi readers dig those kinds of things.

These stories aren’t written as romances, but there are a couple of romantic arcs in the series. Howey does a pretty good job with developing a believable attraction between the heros and heroines (different characters take focus in the different books), but he falters when it comes to providing a romantic payoff. When the couples finally get together, it’s pretty anticlimactic. That was the only significant disappointment for me.

That being said, I gobbled up this large book in a few afternoons, I was so caught up in the story. The sequels to Wool—Shift and Dust—are on my to-read list.