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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 30 minutes
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- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B28ODUM
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Wool has been an amazing experience, the book started out for me as one mans emotional turmoil in a desolate world. It then led me to see and then feel the inner workings of the power structure of the Silo. All of this was engaging as a story, but it wasnt until the screen was peeled back that you began to see and experience the true 1984 style control surrounding the lives of everyone in the silo.
The Silo is one huge air tight world, an organism that functions only as long as every part functions properly, as long as there is a back up ready to take its place or to fix a problem. Disease cannot be allowed to fester and ideas are a disease. This is a world of do your job, live your life and don't question the world at large. This is how the end of the world looks and it's a scary sight.
This story is high tension, high stress and a bloody scary look at humanity in a confined space. It's not a book I can say I loved, but its a book I can say made me think and think and think, its a book you experience as much as you read it. I would highly recommend this book to all readers
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent idea for a story and well written. Made me want to buy a prequel that explored how they got in that situation in the first place.Published 19 hours ago by Peter G
Great read - found I couldn't put it down! Just have to wait for the next saga now :). Can recommend.Published 2 days ago by Jane
I enjoyed this, was rooting for Jules throughout. might well check out the sequels.Published 2 days ago by BS
Good book. Enjoyed it - looking forward to next one. Bring on the final trilogy. Super duper.. Ippy ya yay.Published 4 days ago by Cheshirecat
I love sci-fi and fantasy, when it's well-written. Given the huge number of 5- and 4-star reviews for this book, I had high hopes. Read morePublished 10 days ago by brandywine
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, left me eager to read the next one on the series (Shift). I bought the trilogy to read on holiday and thought I'd read few pages of the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Martin
I didn't really know what to expect with this book, but it had me hooked practically from the start. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Miss E V Brinkley
I couldn't stop reading, great story. Original concept and engaging characters.
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As a very casual reader I took a chance on Wool, mainly due to hearing that Ridley Scott has acquired the movie rights & from all the positive reviews. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mr B Samborski