Wool

The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.

Authorities deciding that they know what’s best for you down to every little detail, are terrifying. Living in a world where you can’t escape them because your world is one big silo, probably makes things even worse.

The sky outside is poison. The silo is a micro-climate, and thinking about going outside, changing the inside processes and authorities, are enough to get you sent outside, to clean. Because even though the world outside is a wasteland, authorities still want their lenses trained on it.

And when there are rules about what you can’t and can think about it, there is rebellion. But is there a better world out there, or will they have to do with what has been the entire world for decades?

Hugh Howey creates a stark world in a superb visual way. The characters are gritty, but never more or less than human (although the villain leans a little bit towards 2D). And even though it’s part of a series, it absolutely holds up on its own.

Wool, Hugh Howey, Century 2013

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