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Wool 5 - The Stranded [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (418 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In July of 2011, a short story named WOOL was quietly released into the vast wilds of the Kindle Store. I never marketed this novelette; I failed to mention it on my website. What happened next was remarkable: People started reading it, and reviewing it, and talking about it.

There was never any intention to create a series. It wasn't until the demand for "more" became so great that I launched into the next four books, each one growing longer and longer, until I was wrapping up the story line with this novel, a full 60,000 word WOOL 5.

I would like to humbly thank everyone who has come along on this journey with me; it has been the most rewarding experience of my young writing career. Your emails, your reviews, your comments on my website, every ounce of your enthusiasm . . . it has combined to grant me enough satisfaction and confidence to last the rest of my writing days.

For those of you who suffered the wait, I hope you'll find it was worth it. This is WOOL 5. Brace yourselves. And enjoy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469917297
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (January 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071QRLNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No words to describe it January 26, 2012
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Hugh Howey has done something absolutely remarkable with this series. He's taken the purest of man's most animal emotions, distilled them, and used the ink to to pen an epic that will launch a writing career of limitless possibility. The characters seem to jump off the page and dig into your soul; each confrontation, each new encounter leaving the reader in a sympathetic sheen of perspiration. Your own feet are running down the great stairways, your hands grasping makeshift rifles or flipping through pages of unbelievable history. Your heart races as you realize that, unlike so many false-reality fiction writers of our time, Howey is not afraid to allow you to fall in love with a character and then wrench that person's life away through the freezing waters and purifying fires of reality. To write more would be to give away a story that should require no teasing hints to get you to read it. The first page is enough to cause you to loose a day reading it from start to finish. I know I did.

This is fiction writing as it should be - keep it coming, Hugh!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best ever January 27, 2012
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Howey just keeps getting better (if that's possible). I loved the Molly Fyde series, but the Wool series caught me at Book ONE...... The writing gets better and the suspense just continues to increase with each Wool Book. This is a series not to miss. I just can't wait to see where he takes us next -- to another silo -- to another land of aliens (Molly Fyde...) or to another planet altogether. Wherever he's headed --- I want to go tooo.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Howey does it again! January 26, 2012
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For the last few days I've been on tenterhooks waiting for this latest installment of WOOL. The first thing I did this morning was check to see if it had been released yet and there it was! Me in my jammies, coffee cup forgotten on the counter, making dead sure that my Kindle copy of WOOL 5 was securely ensconced and ready to read.

And then the day conspired against me. Things to do, places to go, no time to dive in and read. I downed the first chapter standing in line in the bank and that was it. I had to get this read asap! I kinda felt like a junkie with a fix in one pocket and surrounded by cops...

I finally got to read it and here I am 1 hour later. For those of you who have already read any of the WOOL books this one is....gosh, I've got a zillion words running around in my head....indescribably good. And worth a heck of a lot more than it cost. And doesn't disappoint. And so many other things.

The WOOL books are like an undiscovered country and I'm the intrepid explorer, marveling at the sights, gasping at the dangers but most of all, wondering what is over the next hill and eagerly trekking onwards.

Bravo Mr. Howey!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! That was a good journey! February 23, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Wool series--would be interesting to see this converted into a movie or mini-series. The epilogue really helped bring some closure to finish out the story... but left just enough to continue the story if the author decided to. I would be interested in finding out what happens to Silo 17.... do the flooded levels get completely dried out, do the digging machines get discovered and put to use to laterally connect silos? Does the atmosphere ever recover? Would love to discover more about how the silos came to be? Despite these questions, Mr. Howey, this was a story well told and enjoyed. Thanks!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't complete anything for the day. January 26, 2012
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This series as a whole has been an amazing journey through a not to distant future. I am a 17 year old guy who should be out hanging with friends, but what can I say I love this book series. I totally shut down and read Wool 1-4 within 8 hours of purchasing them. I felt so lost without knowing what happened next, Which is a feeling I don't achieve very often with today's novels being written. I had to check Hugh's website two to three times a day just hoping to get a bit of information on when the next addition would arrive. Imagine my surprise when I woke this morning first thing to Wool 5's release. I love the feeling when a GREAT book can pull you in while keeping the story very straight forward.

Congratulation Hugh on a very great series. (I know you read these, I can't believe we have live so close and I hadn't heard of you till last November) I look forward to devouring future novels and telling everyone I know about them.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slower Pace is a Bit Disappointing April 5, 2012
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I devoured Hugh Howey's first four novelettes in the WOOL series in record time. The characters were fascinating, the circumstances intriguing, the action subtle and imaginative; all-in-all, simply wonderful! But WOOL 5 moves from the novelette format, which had demanded a terse writing style that moved events along at a breath-takingly rapid pace, to the more leisurely, time accommodating full blown novel. It seems as though the shift from novelettes to full novel blunted Howey's crisp, concise writing style, slowed the action to a crawl, and resulted in much extraneous filler material that really doesn't need to be there. While reading the novelettes, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, finding myself amazed at Howey's ability to draw the reader into the emotions of the characters, but now I find myself struggling to stay focused on the slow moving story presented in the novel. The characters are still interesting and the overall concept of the story is still fascinating, but the action simply drags along. I had read all four of the novelettes in a matter of a few hours over a two day period, but now, after a week, I find that I am only half-way through the novel. I will force myself to finish the book because I anticipate that the ending will be awesome (based on the preponderance of Five Star Reviews it has received) and I certainly urge anyone who has not yet read any of the WOOL series to immediately do so, but you should be aware that Howey's handling of the novel length of WOOL 5 makes it a slow slough compared to the blistering pace he set in the WOOL 1 through 4 novelettes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to Read For A Future to avoid
Read this book and I hope we learn about a future that could easily happen. Possibly it can be avoided! OR MAYBE It Already IS Our Present.
Published 1 day ago by Smoky Witch
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
the story keeps your interest and hard to.put the book down. I have read all the books are am waiting for more.
Published 15 days ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 25 days ago by Arcmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars The good news is that there are plenty of other great ...
The final episode of the incomparable Wool series by Hugh Howey. As is typical with long running serialized stories, one becomes so familiar with the characters and the landscape... Read more
Published 26 days ago by stevekratz
4.0 out of 5 stars Kicked it into high gear
I truly enjoyed this book in this series. While the first few books in this series are a bit slow, this one really kicked it into high gear. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meg M
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked. Give me more.
The saga goes on. Howey presents a future where the powerful leaders of our government build underground silos to house our population after they destroy the world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doc Holiday
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better!
Lots of twists and turns, but still an evolving tale.

I think the overall direction is the equivalent of our own societal evolution with a much smaller and clearer... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph E. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read!
Awesome read. I read the Wool Omnibus as well as the individual books. Redundant I know, but I couldn't quit!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read WOOL 1 through: Don't wait for the movie franchise!
Wonderfully addicting series; gritty characters pushing through their fears towards heroism. The heart thumping action is enriched with the socio-political conflicts of surviving... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Gallian
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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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