REVIEW: Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

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I disagree with the hype. I’m sorry. I felt this book had a lot of potential but it was honestly too long. I’m not saying that long books are bad. When it’s necessary, bring the pages, but when the story doesn’t need the length it just drags on.

I think almost the entire Holsten, Jahns, and Marnes, could have have been condensed into one or two chapters. Why do I need to know so much about people who are just killed off anyway? When I was reading it, I thought it was great but once it moved past their section to Juliette’s I just morned for characters that had very little impact in the rest of the story. They got the ball running, I get that, but it wasn’t necessary for us to care about them so much.

Also, Allison, who I thought was described in just enough length went nuts right? She wanted out. But what exactly did she see that drove her there? Was it the color monitor? Was it something else? It was the question I had the entire time but it never got answered. At least I don’t think it did. I could be wrong. Anyone know specifically what made her go nuts?

Here and there throughout Juliette’s story there was a little too much dragging but overall it seemed cohesive. I was very impressed with the world Hugh Howey set up. He also had amazing timing for revealing all his key details about the world. I was constantly waiting for new info and when I got it, wow, I was impressed.

The ending was a little bittersweet for me too. Even though it looks positive, Solo and the kids have to save themselves. I had hopes that Juliette would come back for them.

So the book had it’s ups and downs. I’ll probably read the other books from Hugh Howey and see how else he can break my heart.


Book Blitz and Giveaway: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

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A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
(Chaos Theory #2)
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning…

Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever…

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail.

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see.

The person who owns her heart…

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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

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Vault of Sins Excerpt

In my dream, I’m alone.
The forest swells up all around me, warm and dark and moist. It’s a cocoon of comfort, if I didn’t know better. This is always the worst part of the dream—the feeling of entrapment, of loneliness. I’m lying on the ground, the underbrush of the woods spidering over my body, and I smell the Compass Room again. The wood fire, the soil, the sweat—and the blood, permeating above all the other odors.
It’s always night in the dream-Compass Room. Fog rolls through the air, thick enough to taste.
I hear the other candidates. Tanner and Jace scream the loudest. Shrieks of anguish, like their flesh is slowly being ripped from their bones. I shut my eyes to wait it out because I know that I can’t save them.
But then I hear Casey.
The underbrush ropes me to the ground, growing tighter as I twist and writhe, trying to free myself to get to him. His voice rips the night in half, and I scream to match his, back arching off the earth, the entire forest shattering into a thousand sharp pieces.
I jerk awake, lying on my back with my hand pressed to my chest, waiting for my heart to stop pounding. I inhale the cold air of my living room and hold it in my lungs as the terror dissipates. It’s like waiting for a brain freeze to end. I get up, flipping on all the light switches in the silent house, checking the shadowy corners for dream monsters.
Not dream monsters. Illusions. Nick or Meghan, a Compass Room test crawling from the darkness. There’s nothing in the house, but of course there wouldn’t be.
I peel back the curtain in the living room. Fingers of the dark trees sway back and forth with the wind and I want to throw up my heart. I let the curtain fall back into place, rush to the kitchen, and take a long pull from the tequila bottle. The good tequila bottle.
Returning to the living room, I flop back onto the bed.
The woods in my dreams are thick, always lurking with Compass Room devils. The woods around my home are nothing more than a scattering of sad little trees, but my mind doesn’t care.
Gemma and the division thought they erased Compass Room C from existence, but they can’t. It’s everywhere.

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REVIEW: Divergent by Vernoica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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I had heard that in the line of epic dystopian YA fantasy, Divergent was not as good. While I don’t think it’s as good as say The Hunger Games, I do think it was really good.

I liked the world of Divergent. The premise of their society being sectioned off into the different traits that each sub-society respected was really interesting.

When I think about real life, I know I wouldn’t be able to fit into one category and don’t know one person that could section themselves off to one trait so they couldn’t fit into a particular group like that.

I would care about others, and being truthful is really important to me but I don’t think I could sacrifice myself so completely or just tell the truth as plainly as I think it in my mind. So I couldn’t even belong two let alone one.

The characters on the other hand seemed slightly flat. I thought all the events that happened to them were really cool but they didn’t handle them just the way real people would. It was a valiant effort to make them seem believable but fell just short of that.

I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.