Interesting story told by 16 year old Miranda in diary form. An asteroid has knocked the moon off kilter, effecting tides and causing epic natural disasters. In her journal, Miranda documents how her family and immediate community cope with food and fuel shortages, and illness. The last quarter was best, when Miranda finally matured a bit and rose to the challenges involved in helping care for her family. She was too whiny for me in the beginning, but then she is a teenager in a horrible situation. Overall, I enjoyed it and will read the next book in the series.
I enjoyed WOOL very much, but would have liked to read more about the day-to-day life of the Silo residents leading up to the revolt. More detail about the social life and repressed culture and less stairway minutiae would have fleshed out the story more and made the revolt more plausible. At times, the story dragged and I had trouble believing that people who had lived in a multi-story environment for many generations would become so fatigued going up & down the spiral staircase of the only home they've ever known. BUT the story line was very interesting overall and I will read more of Howey's work.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is very well-written and introduces an interesting post-plague world. However, I was disgusted (and didn't find it plausible) that the adults did not teach the children to be literate, or anything about world history. After decades of scavenging, Ish still has trouble convincing the Tribe that they must learn to farm and sustain themselves. You would think that the Old Ones who were fortunate enough to survive such an ordeal would grab life by the reins and learn the harsh lessons of the past. I was annoyed that they seemed so lazy and incurious about the rest of the world. Even when the young men trek across the country, this part of the story falls flat, with no great result. I appreciate that this book is considered a major forerunner of post-apocalyptic writing, but I was a bit disappointed.
This was just okay. Not a bad story line, but very simply written, with no great depth or character development. I looked forward to becoming immersed in the Victorian era, but aside from an occasional reference to a push-cart or other prop, the story could have taken place in any time period (did people really use the telephone that much in 1905?) It certainly didn't have a turn-of- the-century New York feel to it either. I'm annoyed that this was compared to Caleb Carr's excellent writing.
This book got off to a good start with an interesting premise (girl sold into indentured servitude by her own father in 18th C. New England) and good pacing. Unfortunately, as the story moved along, I realized I had very little sympathy for the main character and the more historical/political aspects were not detailed enough to balance this out.
I enjoy the Victorian era, but this book fell flat. The writing style was bland and did not capture the feel of an age gone by. It was not at all suspenseful and Lenox is not a particularly compelling detective. Oh, dear. Pass on this one.