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Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)

Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) - Hugh Howey I enjoy Post apocalyptic Stories every now and again and as this book had been getting rave reviews I had to give it a go.

The idea is really interesting, "This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside"

The first chapter had me gripped and I really thought I had another [b:The Road|6288|The Road|Cormac McCarthy|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1439197219s/6288.jpg|3355573] in my hands and really looked forward to something special.
While I did like the concept of the novel I found the book lost its initial impact after the first couple of chapters. I found the characters very weak and poorly developed and the I got bogged down in the overwhelming descriptions of everything and this made the book seem endless. There are a couple of twists and turns towards the end of the novel but they came too late for me.

Having read and loved [b:The Road|6288|The Road|Cormac McCarthy|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1439197219s/6288.jpg|3355573] and [b:The Passage|6690798|The Passage (The Passage, #1)|Justin Cronin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327874267s/6690798.jpg|2802546] I was hoping that Wool would be just as atmospheric and eerie but unfortunately it didn't appeal to me.

The book is over 550 pages long and I really felt that it could have been a lot shorter .

Having read this back in November, I had to re-read this one for a book club read this month. I listened to it this time and the narrator was quite good but the book dragged regardless.