Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader. A couple of Fridays a month, I will share the first sentence (or so) of the book I am currently reading, along with my initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
I started a new book this week that was recommended by a coworker. When he saw me reading at lunch all of time, he asked if he could recommend something to me. I am always up that!! If you love dystopian stories like Under the Never Sky or The Host, this book is perfect!
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.
The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. While they thundered about frantically above, Holston took his time, each step methodical and ponderous, as he wound his way around and around the spiral staircase, old boots ringing out on metal treads.
Pretty intense and powerful opening scene, right?!?! I am about 15% into the book now, and my thoughts are that I am just beginning to understand the whys. Feelings that I’ve experienced in this short period would be curiosity, sadness, and claustrophobia. The author describing the steps leading down into the silo made me feel so uncomfortable that my stomach hurt.
Since this book is not a new publication, if there is someone else out there who has read this series, please share in the comments.