“People were like machines. They broke down. They rattled. They could burn you or maim you if you weren't careful. Her job was not only to figure out why this happened and who was to blame, but also to listen for the signs of it coming. Being sheriff, like being a mechanic, was as much the fine art of preventive maintenance as it was the cleaning up after a breakdown.”
Toxic fumes, the world as we know it destroyed, barren landscapes, people living in silos below the ground. This is the dystopian world of "Wool", Hugh Howey's amazing sci-fi novel. The last remaining humans are shacked up in Silo 18. All they can see from the whole world is an image projected, from the cameras placed outside, into a huge video wall on the top floor of the Silo. I should mention that the Silo has 150 floors and no elevator (no kidding!). Another thing is that they all wear overalls. Depending on your "place in society" the color of your overalls changes. For example, if you're in IT you wear red ones and if you're in Supply, yellow ones. One color for every unit (so much for individuality, eh?)
There's also a couple of rules that can't be broken... Rule #1: You can't have kids unless someone dies. When a death occurs then the young couples enter a lottery and one is randomly chosen to have a child. Rule #2: If you break the law, you're out. Out of the Silo and into the toxic atmosphere. Your only "obligation" is to wipe the camera screens with wool pads in order to clean them from the accumulated dirt. You don't have much time to do anything else because your suit is being destroyed by the poisonous fumes in the atmosphere.
So what happens when the new sheriff, Jules, is asking questions and cannot be controlled by the cunning Head of IT, Bernard? Can a revolution be suppressed or is it too late? Are they truly alone in the world? Is the truth out there?
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