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Wool Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"Howey's WOOL is an epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world." (Justin Cronin, bestselling author of THE PASSAGE)
“Secrets unfold with just the right pacing… If you're looking for a good post-apocalyptic read, you can't do much better than WOOL." (Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)
"With WOOL Hugh Howey has created a new science fiction classic." (Ernest Cline, bestselling author of READY PLAYER ONE)
"Exilharating, intense, addictive." (S.J. Watson, bestselling author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP)
"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 A HARD DEATH)
“Sci-fi’s Underground Hit… appeal[s] to both men and women, and has attracted hard-core science fiction fans as well as general readers, much like ‘The Hunger Games.’” (The Wall Street Journal)
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What would you do if the world outside was deadly, and the air you breathed could kill? And you lived in a place where every birth required a death, and the choices you made could save livesor destroy them? This is Jules's story.This is the world of Wool. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I agree with others that this series is destined to become a science fiction classic, it is as good as many Hugo-winning books by major authors, and I wish the best of luck to Hugh Howey in getting the recognition he deserves for this work.
I only found one very very minor error in physics in the book--that was when the main character is in a pressure suit with a clear dome to see through, and is underwater. The author says that she sees things as "magnified", but it would be the opposite, things would appear smaller, as if looking through a wide-angle lens. This is incredibly minor, though, since only optics experts are likely to catch this as an actual error.
I was so glad to be pleasantly surprised by this book.
No, that's not strong enough language. This book is in a class with other sci-fi classics written by the greats. Asimov, Dick, Card; I would be comfortable lumping this book in with their works. It's that good. I could not put this book down once I started. I am going to purchase the hard cover edition just to place it on my shelf with my other most loved books.
Do yourself a favor and read this collection. If you like sci-fi at all, you will enjoy Wool.
Well the setting is technically sci-fi, the label is too restrictive to fully describe and capture the essence of these books. Much like the modern version of Battlestar Galactica was a story of politics and religion that happened to be set against a backdrop of an apocalypse in space, the Wool series is a story of the human spirit dealing with adversity that happens to be set against an apocalypse on earth.
What amazed me most about this series was the way it captured amazing maxims of truth about human nature, motivations, and the tension between security and liberty. Pretty heady stuff from a fledgling author self-publishing on Amazon. Make no mistake - the quality of this writing is nothing short of amazing. I kept thinking to myself - "I know where this going and what is going on." I was glad to be wrong. Just when you think you got it pegged, you get a surprise. My wife bugged me for over a year to give this a shot and I finally dived into the first 5 set edition in the Omnibus edition over vacation. I couldn't put it down. I was very happy to find out when I finished it that the next set, the Shift series, was available. I immediately dived into Shift, books 1-3. When I just finished that series today, I was happy to see I could pre-order the final novel (Dust) for release (and rapid consumption) on August 27. It was like catching up with a great TV series that was released on DVD. No waiting for seasons, and no loss of momentum, it was bing-reading at its finest.
I am not easy to impress. Especially when it comes to books - but this series is the best set of books I have read in years. Don't be put off if you aren't really into sci-fi; this is simply great story-telling.