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Wool - Part One [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Howey
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Book Description

Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for.

What the press is saying:

Boing Boing'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."'s Official GeekDad Review: "Howey is among a growing list of authors who are making successful careers of publishing without the assistance of agents and traditional publishing houses. The traditional argument has been that if a book couldn’t find a publisher it probably wasn’t worth reading. However, just as iTunes changed how consumers found music and the way in which bands made their bread, ebook readers, and in particular the Kindle, are changing the ways in which authors find their readers and make a living. All of this means 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 the science fiction genre."

Editorial Reviews


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

From the Author

In the summer of 2011, Wool was released as a standalone story with little thought that it would ever become so popular. It soon took on a life of its own, and reviewers clamored for more. The next four books were released to satisfy this demand, each one growing in size. Wool 5 is 250 pages long in print. All five books have now been collected in an Omnibus edition, but they were always meant to be read individually. 

Wool is the length of a novelette, or about 12,000 words (60 pages). Science Fiction has a long history of celebrating the short form. I'm excited to be able to offer this work for free. Enjoy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 196 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461057205
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broad Reach (July 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FC52L0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,016 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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232 of 251 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Is there more? September 28, 2011
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This book is exactly why I hate short stories!! I loved it from the first page and couldn't put it down!! I remember while reading it, thinking it was so good I should slow down because like a good glass of wine, it's over too soon. In a very short story, you find your head full of ideas and visualizing everything. After I finished it, I thought about it again and again.
Well worth the cheap price, if you like post apocalyptic or dystopian stories, you NEED this book!
Buy it, settle in for a short but enjoyable ride and be prepared to wish it were a VERY FULL length novel.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Story That Stays With You October 2, 2011
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There is so much I want to say about this short story, but I do not want to give anything away. I just want to say that my iPad kindle app puts a page count of 65 which makes this a very short story. This would normally make me warn others to stay away, but I am going to say something completely against my norm. I highly recommend this short story. The only fault that I find with it is the length. That is only because it is so good. I want more. The ending stayed with me long after I finished the story.

This story epitomizes the reason I sometimes read short stories. It is like a brisk walk instead of a long hike. It is satisfying in a different way than a full length novel.
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84 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow November 20, 2011
This is a very excellent little story...grim, sad, dystopian, but incredibly well-written and satisfying.
I shall now consider Hugh Howey as an author to watch out for.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read, harder to put down October 7, 2011
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This is a brilliant piece of dystopian sci fi. It is as I said, hard to read, but it's harder to put it down. You get sucked in pretty damn fast, and flipping pages is just EASY. Hugh Howey puts a fantastic spin on this story, slipping between what you think is happening with what actually happens.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a major case of the screamin' wiggins to go take care of.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder of How the Written Word Can be True Art March 4, 2012
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Back when scifi was represented by a number of magazines, back when anthologies were more in vogue, the short story had a far more important place in the genre. Sadly, these days, despite the ability to showcase such stories in online websites, the format has seemed to fade.

Wool is exactly why this phenomenon is detrimental to those of us who enjoy reading. This is a superb story, well crafted by someone who is obviously in love with the written word. The narrative flows effortlessly, drawing in the reader. It is engrossing, pleasurable, interesting, and disturbing, all at the same time.

Other than writing that the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, I don't think I am going to write much more than that. Each and every reader should be able to enjoy the story as it unfolds.

The plot of the story is good, but the author's wordsmithing and his ability to draw emotions with the written word are what make this short story stand out. The story is not just a pile of words haphazardly thrown onto the page. It seems as if each and every word has been caressed and placed just so. This is art, not mere writing.

While reading Wool on my Kindle, I was almost in panic mode as I watched the percentage of the story read get closer and closer to 100%. I did not want it to end. But end it did. But not my contemplation of it. That continued for quite some time afterwards.

I was extremely happy to see, though, that there are some follow-on stories. I have already downloaded them, and I eagerly look forward to see just what the author has in store for me next.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Thumbs Up! November 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought it... read it... BRILLIANT!!

I'm certainly with the other reviewers that said they wish it were a full length novel. I was sucked in from the first paragraph and hated that is was over so quickly. I loved the twists and the ending surprised me. I felt invested in the characters and the setting/location was acutely visable in my mind. Great read! A definite 2 thumbs up!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story November 5, 2011
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This is a great story to knock out in one or two sittings. The ending...well, you'll have to read it for yourself. I thought I had it all figured out and that's when the rug was pulled out under me and I finished reading while nodding my head and muttering "awesome." Always leave them wanting more as they say and Wool did a great job of that.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apt Title for an Awesome Short Story October 7, 2011
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This was an awesome short story that had a great twist. The title was well chosen. This is my first Howey book but not my last. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first “story” in the Wool Omnibus series that took the world by storm in 2011. At 49 pages long, the tale can be read in a single sitting, and more than likely you will... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by W. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and unexpected
an enjoyable short read that takes you were you expect to go then doubles back and surprises you. a very good read for such a short story
Published 2 days ago by very enjoyable. can keep u entertained on long flights
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
kept me interested from beginning to the end. I hope the second book is as wonderful as the first was.
Published 3 days ago by Smoky Witch
1.0 out of 5 stars NO!!
Dumb book. Another waste of money...even as an e-book.
Published 3 days ago by C. Vuxton
4.0 out of 5 stars only a quip
I didn't realize when I started this book that it was only a small chunk of the whole book. It's still good, but they want you to obviously buy more.
Published 3 days ago by Angel McClaren
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Awesome series. Very addictive. A refreshing twist on the post apocalyptic/dystopian genre. The author is great at keeping the reader in suspense, but also satisfying that... Read more
Published 3 days ago by jsj005
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down.
Published 5 days ago by santa medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! This is such and amazing story!
Read it! Everyone who has taken my recommendation to read this has loved it and immediately moved on to the next in the Wool series. This is such and amazing story!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I enjoyed the books 1-5. Haven't read any more simply because I haven't had the time.
Published 7 days ago by Sweets
4.0 out of 5 stars This novelette packs quite the punch.
***This review contains spoilers***

At 18k words, this novelette packed quite the punch. I picked it up for free on the kindle and was blown away. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Brown
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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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