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Wool - Hugh Howey

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An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked about and anticipated books of the year.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

About the Author

Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. It wasn't until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures, rather than literal ones. Hugh wrote and self-published his first young adult novel, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue. The Molly Fyde series won rave reviews and praise from readers but it was the release of Wool that made his career take off. Hugh lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.

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Wool
 
4.8

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  • Well written (5)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Page-turner (4)
  • Easy to read (3)

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4.0

Lies and Treachery

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from New Hampshire, USA

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

Cons

  • A Bit Slow

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Comments about Wool:

This review was originally published on Kurt's Frontier.

Synopsis:

The world is a hostile and ruined landscape. The air is poisonous. Life is gone from the world, except for the Silo. Inside the Silo is life. People work in a closed world, full of rules, regulations, and lies. Their highest rules are not to hope or dream, or contaminate others with optimism. The punishment for these is death. If the criminals aren't murdered, they are sent outside to clean the lenses on the cameras that monitor the outside, then die.

Juliette has done far worse than hope, dream, or show optimism. She has begun to learn the truth, to pierce the lies the keep the Silo running. Now she has to keep it from crashing down around them and destroying those she loves.

Review:

Wool Omnibus is a collection of five novellas set in a dystopian world. To be honest, I don't normally reach for dystopian science fiction. I like works to be a bit more uplifting. Juliette, Jules to her friends, is a strong protagonist, trained as a mechanic who never hesitates to fix that which needs fixing. This makes her a threat to the powerful in the Silo. When the Silo's sherif volunteers to clean, unable to live without his wife, Jules is tapped as the next Sheriff. Her appointment immediately faces opposition from the powerful IT department. What follows is murder and treachery. Each part of the tale reveals more of the lies and treachery of IT.

The tale is engaging, drawing the reader deeper as one goes along. The pace is slower than I would like, with a great deal of world building. I can't call it a page turner, but I can say that it is well worth the read.

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5.0

Fabulous book

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from Hobart

About Me Bookworm

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Wool:

    Great book, with fast delivery

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    5.0

    Unpredictable

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    from Geelong, AU

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    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Wool:

      Loved this book. Characters and story were engaging and unpredictable. Just when i thought i knew what was going to happen there was a twist and then another and another. Couldn't wait to read the next book. My brother is hooked on it now.

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      5.0

      awesome book, well worth a read!

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      from Ballina, NSW

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Page-Turner
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          Comments about Wool:

          Reading this book is highly addictive, so beware! I'm so happy to have found another amazing sci-fi writer, they are hard to find these days! I highly recommend this book to sci-fi fans

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          5.0

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          from Brisbane, AU

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Read
          • Engaging characters
          • Page-Turner
          • Well Written

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              Great story, especially from about halfway as the action gets moving. The only weak point was the name, which suggests little about the story.

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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

              Hugh Howey

              Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. It wasn't until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures, rather than literal ones.

              Hugh wrote and self-published the Wool trilogy, which won rave reviews and praise from readers, and whose three books have gone on to become international bestsellers.

              He lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Amber and their dog Bella.

              Visit Hugh Howey's Booktopia Author Page


              ISBN: 9780099580485
              ISBN-10: 0099580489
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 576
              Published: 3rd June 2013
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.4  x 3.7
              Weight (kg): 0.41
              Edition Number: 1