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Wool (Wool Trilogy Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WOOL is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the people who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.WOOL has captivated readers across the globe since its first release and has become one of the most talked about and best reviewed books of this year. It has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Road, The Passage and The Hunger Games, with Ridley Scott acquiring film rights earlier this year. Enter this unique world and experience the phenomenon.


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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)

"It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much as this." (Joanne Harris)

Book Description

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: 1498 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (816 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,133 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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87 of 91 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blinking addictive! 10 Dec. 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

So I'm aware that this was originally written in parts and this is the whole brought together in one volume - I am actually immensely grateful that this did not appear on my radar earlier because it would have driven me absolutely insane to have to wait for each new instalment - ok I am pretty insane most of the time anyway, but still.

Wool is that rarest of things - a completely character driven dystopian novel. Its a beautifully written one at that. The pace is fairly slow but oh so compelling - as we meet various characters living in the Silo, a lot of whom for one reason or another start to doubt the facts they have been living with. Endlessly fascinating, this little snapshot of a life led in one place and in one way, following very specific rules whose purpose seem to have been lost in the mists of time, its a living breathing thing.

Of course that is not all there is to it by any means. The world building here is also superb but rather than extensive descriptive passages, we see pretty much all of it through the eyes of our characters - as they move through the various levels of the Silo and a wider picture emerges. The various aspects of the life they lead, the social structures and different communities that make up the whole. Some familiar themes are woven into the narrative - power, responsibility, rebellion and realisation - at times its emotive stuff - you will come to know these people well.
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20 of 22 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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Amazing story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy impressed me very much. A ...
Hugh Howey's Wool trilogy impressed me very much. A sci fi classic in the making. Well written and original. Worth reading.
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An interesting concept, but disjointed and poorly written. There are massive holes in the realisation of the of the dystopian backdrop and the plot comes across at times like a... Read more
Published 9 days ago by donv
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Love this book, original concept, had to buy the next one on!
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Published 26 days ago by Mrs. T. Tack
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
Just wanted to add myself to the 5 star stats. I loved this book. In fact I devoured the whole trilogy. Not only was the story engaging but it was quite beautifully written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julian Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I have read first chapter online, out of curiosity. Oh well, I have decided that this author is worth to spend some money. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J Liebute
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a welcome christmas gift.
Published 1 month ago by mrs joanne c hines
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic series a must read
Love this series, highly recommend
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