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Wool (Wool Trilogy) Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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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)
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This story had a slightly different take on the post-apocalyptic universe, the first such difference being that the inhabitants of the Silo don't know that they are in fact living in a post-apocalyptic world. Many generations of leadership have honed the new society's processes for maintaining order and control, to the point that nobody is even allowed to ask about what's outside or why they live inside. It is simply the way things are. But every so often, of course, comes a new thinker. Somebody who sees the bigger picture and asks the most dangerous of questions: WHY.
The story ramps up pretty quickly and I was drawn right in. It seems like a simple premise to start with, but there are a few nifty surprises and I found the storytelling to be quite compelling, particularly when the world all these people know starts to unravel around them. Also the yarn-based conceits were obviously appreciated for being relevant to my interests ;)
Howey's not afraid to kill off characters strong enough to have entire novels based on them but doesn't take this too far - once we're into the third act the novel follows a more conventional path but is none the worse for that.
So, if you're someone who enjoys "hard" SF, this is the best example I've seen in a long time. If you have any ambitions to write popular fiction, you should study this book as an example of the author's craft at its very best.
Wool started as a short story and due to its popularity grew into a series of three books. I enjoyed the premise and the idea behind the whole series. However I do feel it was a little padded out to turn it from a short story into three novels. How many times do I need intricate details of objects and staircases? Do I need a page to tell me how the paint is flaking off the metal staircase?
It took me a while to read as the overly detailed chapters felt like padding and didn't hold my interest for long enough. But this still is a good original story. It just needs thinning down in my honest opinion.
A random visit to Amazons Sci-Fi section, I happened upon this title, raised my eyebrows and promptly downloaded it.... Seven hours later, oblivious to my own reality and relishing in the one created by Hugh's imagination, I downloaded Shift.. Utterly hooked....
Wool is a frightening but fantastically well written, 'none put down-able' read. Purely self indulgent it demands to be read from cover to cover without a break, no, not even to feed the children! For those in the know it is a terrifying prospect of a future probability at the hands of man men with delusional wishes of selfish, self preservation. Excellently written throughout, you cannot help but become immersed totally in all of the characters, so well written are these books. Their lives in the Silo should be a stark warning for Humanity not to become complacent. There are too many clues in this book to issues I have researched and addressed on my wall and Blog for there not to be a connection. Mr. Howey may well be unaware that he may just have written a blue-print very similar to the Elites. Regardless... I would highly recommend you treat yourself to the best bit of writing I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time....
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