Category Archives: Mieko

The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch (2014)

lastenchantmentsIn 2005, having somewhat of a quarter-life crisis after working as a staffer on a failed presidential campaign, former Ivy leaguer Will Baker leaves New York City and his long term girlfriend for a yearlong English graduate program at Oxford University in England. Will quickly falls into an eclectic group of friends – and in love with smart and elegant British student Sophie. As his year at Oxford progresses, Will increasingly questions his identity and his future. Charles Finch, who himself spent time at Oxford, infuses the campus with love and nostalgia, and the setting is a character in its own right. The Last Enchantments is a must for fans of the movie L’Auberge Espagnole.

Wool by Hugh Howey (2013)

index.aspxThe outside is toxic and deadly. For generations, humankind has been confined to a massive underground silo. Everyone must serve a purpose and are tightly regulated to make sure nothing goes to waste. Step outside of the law, and you are sentenced to death by “cleaning” – sent outside with a suit designed to keep you alive only long enough to clean the exterior landscape cameras. Why all those sentenced actually go through with the cleaning is a mystery to those in the silo….

Juliette, a young woman from the mechanical division, is handpicked to become the next sheriff after the last one volunteered to clean. As she becomes acclimated to her new position, Juliette starts piecing together information that makes her question the purpose and motives of the Silo’s leaders – information that could get her sentenced to clean in a heartbeat. Hugh Howey’s suspenseful post-apocalyptic novel pulls the reader into the world of the Silo and precariously holds them right at the tip between order and chaos. The first in a trilogy, Wool will leave you scrambling for the next installment.