My rating: 3 of 5 stars
For starters, the tl;dr review will not make sense if you haven’t read the Wool Omnibus and/or First Shift, which you really need to do.
I’m not feeling this one, and that’s OK. It’s on me – I’m very much a sci-fi guy, and this isn’t that kind of book. I’d be happier than stink in a barnyard if Mr Howey did nothing but expand the literary world he built in the Wool stories.
Thing is, that’s not fair to him as an author. He’s allowed to write different stories, with varying themes and different characters.
The book is well written, and Howey does a good job making his characters both credible and compelling, but the coming of age + family drama stuff just didn’t grab me. If it’s your thing, this is a well paced story with credible and compelling characters, and odds are good you will enjoy it despite the lack of silos.