I suppose most readers of Hugh Howey's
Wool are devouring it in great big sittings. Me, I'm taking my
time, reading one novella at a time. It has been a while since I read
the first novella that kicked everything off, and I found myself
curious to see where the story could possibly go from there. I mean,
the protagonist died, for crying out loud. Well, Proper Gauge
answers that question and raises a few more.
Told through the eyes of the aging mayor,
a new sheriff is needed and the potential candidates are found to be
lacking. There is one person who seems to be drawing favor from those
with influence, but the mayor has her eyes set on someone else.
Someone who might just tip the proverbial applecart if she's not
The silo in which the survivors of
whatever cataclysm took place generations ago, the first installment
in the Wool saga didn't do a lot to reveal it beyond raising
the spectre of a conspiracy hiding the truth about the silo and its
origin. Proper Gauge sheds some light on that by way to
revealing the political climate of the silo and the proverbial
minefield the mayor must walk as she makes her descent into the "Down
Deep" of the structure to recruit her would-be sheriff.
Characters come through clearer the more
into the shadows they go, which adds a poetic bit of color to the
story. The tension certainly comes to bear as well, as the power
brokers in the silo seem poised to shake things up with the mayor
getting on in years and the new sheriff being an unsavory choice to
those living higher in the pecking order.
It looks like the third installment will
feature the new sheriff trying to traverse his/her new job and get
used to being responsible for the population in a brand new way that
doesn't involve maintaining the monstrous machinery that keeps the
silo alive. Definitely a gripping series thus far.