What I’m reading now: Wool/Shift/Dust by Hugh Howey

By Артемий Титов (Ракетные шахты) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Артемий Титов (Ракетные шахты) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Hugh Howey is one of the superstars of self-publishing. He’s one of the examples people use when they say that it is possible to earn a living completely through self-publishing. I don’t know about the other examples, but Mr. Howey deserves all the praise he gets.

His postapocalyptic trilogy, Wool, Shift, and Dust, has been around for a while, but I didn’t get around to reading it until last week and this. All I can say is: WOW. The books are fantastic. The story is of a society that lives underground in a silo, several hundred years after an apocalyptic event – and to say any more than that would spoil it. There is a mystery woven throughout the trilogy: What happened? Why are they underground? Why does going outside condemn them to death? And – is anyone else out there?

If you like this genre and haven’t read Wool, I highly recommend it. The books are long, but extremely well written and there aren’t many wasted words. It’s a great read.

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