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Jahns rubbed her hands up and down the bars, anxious. It sounds like either answer will mean the same to them. Holston looked up at her, and the mayor nodded. Mayor Jahns turned to go. I bought the trilogy because it was rated as one of the best dystopian sci fi series out there on a couple of sites.

But I had a very hard time getting through the first book. Here are a few examples. However this 'mayor' doesn't know what is happening on many of the 144 floors, doesn't understand how the information technology or 'IT' people collect and use data on all the citizens, doesn't understand how the 'machines' way down in the mechanics area keeps everyone alive with the water and power and all that.

And this 'mayor' did little more than sign birth certificates. Seemed like some token leader that didn't fit the vibe of the book at all.

In this type of totalitarian state he would be integrated into IT, monitoring and controlling the thoughts of the inhabitants. Instead we get a guy and his aged deputy who know nothing about 'IT' or much of the rest of this silo. Just seemed incredibly hokey. Then the sheriff needs to be replaced and they say they don't need a shadow. Its only the law after all.

They have foundries and machine shops and can fix whatever problems have arise. But they cannot install an elevator. They have one set of stairs going up and down. What happens when they have an earthquake. Or the stairs collapse due to heavy use. Where is the set of stairs for the porters to go up and down to deliver goods.

Why not install a service elevator?. They have all these techno widgets and computers. All these things just kept echoing in my mind as I plodded through the book. I went from reading 30 pages at a time, to 15, to two. Not very well thought out and nowhere near the quality of something like GRR Martin. I read that it was an indie book. I can see why. I am very surprised that it has done as well as it has. And Hugh Howey is one of them.

Wool: Omnibus Edition is a collection of his first five novellas in the Wool series. How the world came to ruin is lost to history. Why do people condemned to die still fulfill the ritual of cleaning the cameras. What caused the dimly remembered uprisings in the silo.

Are they right to do so. There are murders to solve too, and while the action is slow-paced at first, Howey turns out to be as ruthless with his characters as George R. But the Omnibus Edition also features beautiful illustrations, many of which are animated. None of this is to say Wool is perfect. I thought the third novella spent too much time rehashing a mystery that had already been solved in the first. Because good writing is good writing, no matter who puts it out. It has been a long barren spell for me, but Wool is a cracking read.