I stumbled upon the first book in this series, Wool, almost by accident. Someone mentioned it on Facebook and I decided to check it out. I was hooked. My only regret was not buying the Omnibus Edition at the start.
In case you have not been scoring along at home, here is a brief description:
This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.
The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.
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.
And rather than review each volume one by one allow me to just sum up the series as a whole in this post.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed this quirky post-apocalyptic series. It is rather spare and lacks much action but the concept is intriguing enough and the author manages to carry a great deal of suspense and tension. There is just enough hints and clues about what might come next that you are pulled along furtively trying to figure out the next move–trying to understand what is the truth behind this world underground. Add in the fact that you get five books for six bucks and it was one of my better purchases.