It's time for the first Imaginary Adventures Book Club Book of the Month book review! With the IA book club founded in the middle of a month, September was a short story. The poll was set, the nominations received, and Wool by Hugh Howey emerged victorious! [goodreads review]
When the world is nothing but barren and brown, humans turn to living underground. As Sheriff of their compound, Holston, has seen his fair share of persecutions including his wife three years prior to the story's start. After all this time Holston is thinking it may be time for him to join her.
While the story is enjoyable it left me scratching my head. Some passages felt overly drawn out and most of the story is told in flashback expositions. The story is well written and delicately balances a complicated plot with a low page count. As the type of story with multiple meanings and layers to each sentence, Wool is a puzzle book waiting to be solved by a willing reader.
At fifty pages, there were very few characters with really only the main couple fully described, any more than that would have felt rushed or needed an increase of pages.
The outstanding strength of the story was easily the scene descriptions. From the first line to the final one, as a reader I am right there in the bunker. From the grimy camera to the cell bars it was clear and easy to understand and picture with my imagination.