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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (Silo Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,876 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.

The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.

This 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 residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.


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#1 Bestseller on Amazon * Winner of Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book of 2012 Award

Ernie Cline, NYT bestselling author of READY PLAYER ONE -- "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."

Justin Cronin, NYT bestselling author of THE PASSAGE -- "Howey's WOOL is an epic feat of imagination.  You will live in this world."

S.J. Watson, bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP -- "Exhilarating, intense, addictive."

Kathy Reichs NYT bestselling author of the Temperance Brennan and Tory Brennan series -- "WOOL is frightening, fascinating, and addictive. In one word, terrific."

Rick Riordan, NYT bestselling author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series -- "Hugh Howey is a skilled storyteller. He knows the craft of writing. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set my e-reader down several times and say, "Wow," when a major twist was revealed. If you're looking for a good post-apocalyptic read, you can't do much better than WOOL."

BoingBoing's Official Review:
"This story is terrific. I was completely immersed, watching Howey slowly paint a picture of a society gone wrong through the eyes and discovery of some truly compelling characters."

Wired.com's Geek Dad Review:
"The old assumptions about indie books no longer hold true, and readers need to be prepared to adjust their expectations accordingly. The Wool Omnibus is a great book and deserves recognition as a full fledged contribution to sci-fi."

From the Author

Contains WOOL 1 - 5.

Product Details

  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 550 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469984202
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing (January 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071XO8RA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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652 of 729 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... Expectations exceeded April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First, the negatives.

Okay, now to the positives. The plot, the characters, the ideas, the writing... All amazing. The author has created something truly great here. I had never read anything by Hugh Howey before, but based solely on this omnibus edition of "Wool", he has been added to my personal top 5 list of sci-fi authors.

This is truly immersive story-telling, with well-developed, complex, believable characters, amazingly descriptive prose, jaw-dropping plot developments, deep concepts, and one kickass storyline. The last book that impressed me so thoroughly was "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons. "Hyperion" had a more mystical quality, wheras "Wool" is somehow more gritty and real. Both are examples of superior science fiction.

I am so happy to have discovered "Wool"... It has revived in me a love of reading that I thought I'd lost. Thank you, Hugh Howey.
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1,471 of 1,658 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably destined to be a Science Fiction Classic February 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a long time science fiction reader and have read many wonderful stories that are based on science, technology, engineering and math. A few years ago I purchased a Kindle and it has opened up opportunities for me to read more with less effort and at less expense. I now have over two hundred science fiction books listed in my archives. Four days ago, I purchased the Wool Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey. I finished it about an hour ago. This is the first review that I have ever been inspired to write about any book.

Some reviewers say that they cannot put a book down, once they get started into it. I have not understood this compulsion until last night, for the first time I had a hard time sleeping. I stopped reading sometime after midnight at a point in the book that left me anxious about the main character and was unwilling to disturb my wife by turning the light on or getting out of bed to pick up where I had left off. It takes a powerful piece of work to make me worry over what I know is fiction.

One small note to other authors that might be reading this review, part of what makes Wool a joy to read is the lack of grammatical and spelling errors of so many of the self published books. It is an extreme annoyance and distraction to me to read sentences in a book that I must stop, and reread substituting words that I think the author meant to understand the idea being communicated. Please take the time, your time or the time of others, to critically review your writing and fix these sentences that act as stumbling blocks for the reader on the journey you want to share with them. I and suspect many other readers would be willing to pay more for a book without grammatical and spelling errors.
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470 of 537 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best February 10, 2012
By Kate
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I read over a hundred books a year. All genres. I don't give a 5 rating lightly. For me a 4 can be something great. A 5 is something that is great and stays with me long after I read it. This will stay with me. I was there with the characters and in that silo from the first few pages. I could feel every emotion, frustration, and even the physical sensation of being dizzy and tired from the trips through the silo. The story kept building and I wanted to know everything and couldn't put it down. Truly superior writing and storytelling. I can honestly say it was one of the best things I've ever read and makes what I thought were some pretty good books seem terrible now. . .I'm talking to you Hunger Games. I look forward to the day when this has its own movie too because it surely deserves it.
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116 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A writer to watch, for sure! April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I became interested in Wool from reading Hugh Howey's posts on Kindleboards and vicariously enjoying his incredible success with the series. I launched into the first book with gusto. Howey's prose is clear, smooth and evocative. Anyone worried that Wool is less than professional in writing or presentation needn't be. I've read plenty of traditionally published books that aren't as well written or formatted.

The first book presents us with a world in which the last survivors of some kind of holocaust live in a 134-floor silo, protected from a natural environment that has become wildly toxic. The concept is great and Howey makes the most of it, providing a number of twists that regularly notch up the suspense.

Howey's main strength, though, is in his ability to create well-rounded characters whom we care about deeply and immediately. In this regard, I think he's actually better than some of the s-f giants of the past, such as (because someone else made the comparison) Isaac Asimov, whose work I positively devoured in my youth but whose characters were rarely more than two-dimensional cutouts moved around to serve the plot. (And if there is anything more cringe-worthy than a "classic" s-f writer's attempt at flirtatious dialogue, I don't know what it would be, unless it's listening to an elementary school orchestra. But I digress.) Howey writes real people who would be at home in any "literary" novel, which is a particularly high achievement in the s-f world.

So, why just four stars, aside from the fact that I'm a tough grader?

SPOILERS AHEAD

Some things about the concept I just didn't buy. I'll take a few "givens" in s-f, of course, but ultimately s-f requires a willing suspension of disbelief that I never quite achieved with Wool.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No, it's not really about wool.
A spinner/knitter could hope, but it isn't about post apocalyptic herders. And really, hemp would make more sense in this world anyway. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Hallaspinner
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep me interested
This was an excellent read that kept me interested the entire time. You think the opening character is going to be a surving hero but then they introduce a second one. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Linda Aveline
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story.
Fantastically imaginative , and extremely entertaining to read. Hugh Howey's first book in the silo series snares the reader quick, and ensures their eyes stayed glued until the... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Mathew
5.0 out of 5 stars This series made me sick at life, because I couldn't put it down!!
Wow, this is quite the page turner!! I have been completely engrossed in this crazy world. I also read "Sand" right before this.. and I think I have a new favorite author.. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by K. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I enjoyed reading this story. I was hooked all the way through. There are some minor flaws in story, but it didn't get in the way of enjoying the story for me.
Published 23 hours ago by Carrien Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection
The characters and their relationships with each other and their environment are truly compelling. Once I started this I couldn't put it down. I'll can't wait to read more from Mr. Read more
Published 1 day ago by MKlinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent inventive science fiction
Great characters and an interesting plot. The best new science fiction that I have come across. You will not want to put it down.
Published 1 day ago by Janette Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I work nights and am permitted to read books off and on when nothing is going on, and am very picky on what books I read. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Daniel P
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book!!!
Excellent reading, well worth 20 times what I paid for it. I'm upset the book is over it's so good
Published 1 day ago by Tammy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
It starts off dark and solemn and you just feel right from the beginning that something bad is going to happen. Read more
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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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Legit Reviews?
Perhaps a lot of people simply really liked the book. You leave that out of your options. Your list forces people to either think the book will become a classic or choose from three disparaging choices. I don't know if it will become a classic, but it doesn't have to become a classic to be a good... Read more
Jan 24, 2013 by Robert Stephens |  See all 32 posts
Wool, and reality...
This is very cool. You should facebook friend the author...he has links to several of these on his page...people keep sending him links and he keep sharing them. He might not have this one yet!
Apr 12, 2012 by Amber M. Lyda |  See all 5 posts
Doesn't work in Kindle For PC?
Mike and Callie: There was some kind of glitch on Amazon's servers this past week. It affected a lot of books, three of mine included. Two of them have been restored, and the Omnibus is being worked on right now. It was out of my control, and by the time I heard about it, numerous users were... Read more
Mar 25, 2012 by Hugh C. Howey |  See all 5 posts
The text seem really small on the Kindle Edition
I have the same problem on my Paperwhite. And you can't change the font either. Kinda defeats the whole point of using an e-reader.
Dec 20, 2012 by akiya |  See all 3 posts
Interesting concept but unworkable
all of these issues are revealed if you keep reading.
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