Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool, #1-5) - Hugh Howey 4.5 stars Outstanding book(s).
Thank you very much, Ann, for the recommendation.

Terrific dystopian novel with several twists and turns. And so different and refreshing from the standard YA dystopians (which, don't get me wrong, I also love - but something unexpected is always nice). The first book (Wool) did not hook me quite as quickly as I had hoped; the writing and emotion was quite compelling, but it was a slightly slow start. Mostly it just made me sad. No matter, it was a super quick read and once I got to the second book (Proper Gauge), the backstory made sense and the mystery set in. I was hooked. The ending of the third book (Casting Off) was absolutely awesome.
One of the best things about this book are the larger messages and deeper meanings throughout. Additionally, I love it when I go back forth and have internal struggles about whether or not a character is a good guy or a bad guy. Finally, the characters are amazing, well-developed and believable (for the most part, anyway).

Characters ...
I Loved: Juliette (I adore a kicka** protagonist), Knox, Walker, Solo
I Loved to Hate: Duh ... Bernard
I was "meh" about: Lukas
That broke my heart: Holston and Allison, Peter (Juliette's father), Jahns and Marnes

Cannot wait to start the next books, [b:Shift Omnibus Edition|17306293|Shift Omnibus Edition (Wool, #6-8)|Hugh Howey|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1361727046s/17306293.jpg|23965619].