Review by Johanne Pearl Couturier
This first book of the series is amazing! Hugh Howey presents characters in a way that you can see them, feel them, almost touch them. So why only 4 stars?
Because… well… I was destabilized twice and, yes, I must admit, I was really pissed, TWICE!!! So much so that I wanted to throw that book on the wall!
The story starts with many people living in a silo and only seeing what is left of the “outside” through cameras that are located on top of the silo. After several generations, can you imagine how a society could evolve and function in such a closed space? Life and death rules, working rules, all sorts of rules to make sure everybody has its place in this post-apocalyptic world Hugh Howey created. He lets us discover everything slowly by all sorts of events, and it really makes sense! Humans are humans wherever they are.
You meet incredible characters and you think the story is going to go a certain way and then, BAM, like a slap in the face! “Whoa” I told myself “what a surprise this guy puts on us”. When the second slap happened, I was sooo unhappy, I wanted to stop reading at once. Could I? Of course not… I was too deep into the story and I wanted to know more, always more… but I was being cautious not to think too much, just let myself go into this new “world” governed by strange rules, just discovering. Claustrophobic people, beware! LOL
There is a love story developing in this first book and I can’t wait to see how it will unfold because, (have I said it enough?) he likes to surprise the readers. Human psychology is weird enough to give him plenty to write about, don’t you think?
I enjoyed the book enough to buy the sequels, so you’ll hear about Mr. Howey some more!!!