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Wool (Wool Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (726 customer reviews)

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"Wool is ace and YAY it's a trilogy." (Stuff magazine)

"I picked the serious up after the publication of Wool and Shift, and found myself counting the days until Dust came out in October." (Observer)

"A thrilling sci-fi novel, equally adept at world-building, pulling the rug out from under its readers, and commenting in classic sci-fi fashion on our own present day." (The Slate)

"Spoken about in the same breath as The Hunger Games and The Passage." (Independent on Sunday)

"Howey can really write ... frightening, intriguing, and mysterious ... it's easy to see why Wool captured readers so quickly." (Guardian)

"The massive underground hit ... Just don't read it in the dark." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Frightening yet completely believable ... I can't wait to see how Howey develops Wool into his prequel and sequel." (Sunday Express)

"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep)

"A small and zippy vehicle with impressive narrative force...[Howey's] plot twists like a thrashing serpent in a fisherman's net." (Sunday Business Post)

"With Wool Hugh Howey has created a new science fiction classic! The riveting storyline and detailed prose sucks you in immediately and makes you feel like you're right there in the silo with his characters. But unlike them, you'll be in no hurry to leave." (Ernie Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One)

"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, 'Wow,' when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

"In Wool, Hugh Howey delivers the key elements of great science fiction: an authentic and detailed future-world; realistic, relatable characters to live in it; and a taut, thoughtful story. Howey's supple, muscular writing is the icing on the cake." (Jonathan Hayes, author of Precious Blood)

"Written in a warm style that never attempts to get too clever, this is the kind of terrific read that's both respectful towards and transcendent of its own genre." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"The other reason to have an early night. A must-read." (Glamour)

"If I read anything better in 2013 in any genre I'll be very, very surprised." (Rick O'Shea)

"Wool is incredible ... the best science fiction series I've read in years." (Douglas Preston)

"Perhaps the biggest commercial hit so far to have started life as a self-published e-book." (A N Wilson, Reader's Digest)

"A compulsive, accessible journey into a sharply realised and well-crafter dystopian world." (SFX)

"A warm old-fashioned sort of yarn" (The Sunday Times)

"I took a chance on Wool, and found myself engrossed." (Huffington Post)

"This is one of those rare occasions where not only does the book live up to the hype, it exceeds it." (Bit the Book Blog, Australia)

"One of the most hotly-anticipated books of 2013." (Irish Times)

"Thrilling, thought-provoking and memorable ... one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World." (Daily Express)

"Wool started life as a skilful, bleak, short story. Its premise and the dexterity with which Howey pulled it off drew him readers from outside the genre." (Culture, Sunday Times)

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An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476735115
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00873GRU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (726 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I got lost in the silo 15 Jun 2013
By Marie
Format:Paperback
Life is good in the silo. The people are friendly, food is plentiful, healthcare is readily available when needed. Those in charge are democratically elected and take their office on the top floor. A skilled IT department keeps channels of communication open throughout. And the whole silo is kept ticking over by the engineers in Mechanical, deep in the belly of the Earth. Just one look at the screens projecting video images of the bleak, uninhabitable landscape outside, and the inhabitants of the silo know how good they've got it. There are always some crazy folk who question this from time to time. How did the silo get here? What exactly is out there, out of view of the lens? These ungrateful dissenters are punished by being cast out with a woolen cloth to clean the cameras so that everyone else can continue to enjoy the view - fated to certain death. But one day sheriff Holston, the sensible and much-respected warden of the silo, joins the dissident ranks and chooses to go outside. This sets in motion a chain of events that shake the foundations of the entire community.

Wool is actually an omnibus of five short stories that were originally published separately but you can barely see the joins. I can see how books one and two worked as standalone novellas, but by the time you hit book three everything merges seamlessly. And it's a good job, too, because had I been reading this at the time of publication I don't think I would have been able to bear sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what happens in the next installment! He spins a hell of a yarn.

Howey has created such a unique and intricate setting in the silo. It's fascinating to have the whole world condensed into one single underground warren.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By P. G. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wool is set in an apocalyptic future. In a world smothered in toxic fumes we are introduced to the inhabitants of a silo which extends over a hundred storeys down into the earth. A world where people are divided into castes according to their occupations. A world where survival is dependent upon rigidly enforced discipline, where transgression is punished by being forced into the hostile external environment and a swift death.

Wool started life as a series of self published novellas, and it origins show in the episodic feel of the early chapters where we are introduced first to Sheriff Holston, and then to mayor Jahns, who strut and fret their hours upon the stage and then are heard no more. After their departures the rest of the book is given over to Juliette, a mechanical engineer in a world run by IT, and her literally star-crossed lover, Lukas.

As the novel progresses,the true nature of the world is slowly revealed as Juliette goes through a series of physical trials before finally confronting her blandly evil nemesis, the terrifyingly named........ Bernard.

There is much to be admired about Wool. It is an original concept (putting aside thoughts of HG Wells' molochs) and a well realised world. However, for me it somehow didn't really work. I think I can work out why it doesn't from one of the positive reviews. The Daily Express is quoted as saying that it is one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World. Therein lies the problem. Those works were, like all great speculative fiction, like Philip K Dick, allegorical, using a world of fantasy to comment on contemporary society, or on some facet of human nature.

Wool doesn't do that.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I try to only give 5 to books I really feel are original, powerful, hard to put down, with well-written characters.

And yes, Wool is all of these things. I love the title, which takes on more than one meaning as the layers of the story are uncovered. I loved the gradual reveal of the truth of the lives the characters are living and the way I can picture the silo and the long, long walk from one end to the other. I love the way characters you were feeling strongly sympathetic towards were suddenly and brutally despatched.

But most of all, the story. Something has happened to our world. It must have done. A group of people are living in a 160-floor silo under the ground, have never left, work and rest and live within its confines. Segregated into sections within their own society, this group has classes - those closest to the top being the white collar classes, the mechanics keeping it all together being the 'working stiffs' in the depths.

Order must be maintained. And so every few years a dissenter/rule breaker is found guilty and sent out to 'clean' - clean the camera lenses that act as the only window on the world the silo inhabitants possess.

It is only after one such cleaning, of the silo's much respected widower Sheriff, that repressed feelings begin to bubble to the surface as a mechanic from the depths, Juliette, is offered the vacant post.

Very cinematic, you can picture the setting, the characters, clearly. It's a wonderful dystopian fiction that is frightening in the realism it contains: how this really COULD happen to us.

Juliette is a wonderful female role, an Ellen Ripley / Katniss Everdeen heroine, surrounded by a full complement of society's inhabitants.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The feeling of the silo was well established, only thing missing was perhaps some idea of the overall size; height between the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ter
3.0 out of 5 stars the plot is given away half way through and you can easily figure out...
An interesting opening chapter if a little slow. then the book slows to a crawl for the next 50 pages or so before becoming interesting but never quite living up to its... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Hungry Hippo
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting novel. Bit claustrophobic, as it needs to ...
Interesting novel. Bit claustrophobic, as it needs to be given the subject matter of living underground in large hollow concrete cylinders to avoid a planet ravaged and toxic. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mike PP
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend to middle teens in particular who like ideas and ...
I've read the whole triology now. Would recommend to middle teens in particular who like ideas and stories set in a dystopic universe
Published 5 days ago by s.d.turner
2.0 out of 5 stars A girl's book [sexist, but, true] masquerading as ...
A girl's book [sexist, but, true] masquerading as sci-fi. It rehashes Logan's Run and myriad other scifi, without any verve. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mr. A. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars well described - a good read.
Interesting concept, well described - a good read.
Published 8 days ago by D. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind exercising
Looking forward to more in this series. If they are as interesting as Wool has been then let's get going!
Published 8 days ago by Andy B
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant.
After reading the first chapter I was hooked. This book is absolutely brilliant. Onto the second now! Download/buy this book!
Published 11 days ago by House Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic escapism
Superb book from start to finish. Great for an indulgent holiday read where you have enough time to truly lose yourself in the book.
Published 14 days ago by tamibooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but well worth sticking with it. ...
A slow start but well worth sticking with it. You will find yourself thinking 'my god this could truly happen!'
Published 16 days ago by Glenise
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