Proper Gauge by Hugh Howey {Book Review}

I was blown away by the first book in the Wool series, Wool, by Hugh Howey earlier this year and decided that it’s a series that I would really like to finish at some stage in the next few months.

I’m still shocked that it’s not as well known as other books in the same genre and it should really be getting more recognition.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Originally published: 2011

Pages: 106
Format: E-book


The silo is without a sheriff now that a cleaning has been performed.

Mayor Jahns and Deputy Mames have found a suitable replacement but they need to recruit her in person, and that means they need to go Deep Down.

Along their journey, they share secrets with each other, and discover alliances that are broken enough to destroy the silo they have worked hard to protect. On top of that, their candidate for sheriff might not be as perfect as she is on paper.


What I love about this series is that it’s quick and still extremely captivating, for the amount of pages versus the detail provided in the book.

In this book, you get intimate with the inner politics and economy in the silo, and who runs the show and what problems they face.

The writing is lyrical and the opening pages already set the perfect mood for the premise.

The world-building is outstanding and I love that even for a post-apocalyptic setting, there aren’t rainbows with a life filled with colour. In fact, the whole time I felt the claustrophobia and the graveness of life that the people carry with them.

You could feel the emotional tension between the two characters, Mayor Jahns and Deputy Mames; some clear and old feelings are lingering that haven’t been addressed.

Sometimes the narrative dragged a little, but it wasn’t overwhelming.


A quick science-fiction read with real problems, economic instability and members of society that don’t believe in playing fair.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.15 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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