- Series: Vol 1 of the Silo series
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476733953
- ISBN-13: 978-1476733951
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13,131 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Hugh Howey is the author of Wool, a book he wrote while working as a bookseller, writing each morning and during every lunch break for nearly three years. Originally self-published in 2011, Wool has grown into a New York Times bestseller. He now lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. For more information visit HughHowey.com/wool/.
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Top Customer Reviews
Cons: The last part became a little tedious with now familiar descriptions and characterizations. The ending was no surprise but, good still.
I will check out other books by this author.
Initially, I read the very first Wool as a download on Kindle. It might have been free, or really cheap, but it was one of those that by the time I chose it for reading, I had completely forgotten what it was about.
And then it ended so quickly, I was confused. That couldn't be all there was to it! What happened to the Sheriff? Is he truly gone? What really lies beyond the silo? What did his wife find out?
I had to figure this out so I set out to find the answers and came across this omnibus edition.
We are pulled right into the silo and its people. There is no forward facing history lesson for how they came to be here. As the reader, we know it probably wasn't always this way, but the characters within this world, don't know that. They are left in the dark, to some extent by their own choice. There are whispers, things said that are taboo. If it is overheard that you were speaking of certain topics, you can be sent to "Cleaning."
Cleaning. Up top, at the uppermost portion of the silo, there is a view of the outside world. However, the camera lenses that offer this view need cleaning on occasion. This cleaning falls to those that break the law within the silo. They are suited up in a space type suit, and sent out into the world.
Many claim they won't clean. But they all do it. For some reason they do.
When we begin we are with the current sheriff of the Silo. He has decided that he's ready, he want's "out". His wife was sent to cleaning a number of years before. He's ready to follow her.
He dons his suit, is taped and sealed in and sent into the outer hatch of the silo. If one chooses not to leave the outer hatch, they are burned alive in the cleansing fire that fills this hatch after the doors have opened. It's the only way to guarantee the air in the hatch is scrubbed clean.
When he steps outside, he is baffled and exhilarated by what he sees through his screen on his helmet. He cleans, eager to now go on and be with his wife. Unaware that what he sees, isn't the truth.
It is this prelogue, that sets in motion the discoveries, the changes, and the new understandings of the world in which The Silo and its inhabitants live.
I'll admit, it was slow for me to get into it. Sometimes you were left scratching your head at the things left unspoken by the characters. Their knowledge of what came before is limited, but yours as the reader is even more limited. Silent inner dialogues, memories of past occurrences drive the people in the silo, sometimes leaving you in the dark. But this is good, because as things are revealed to the characters, you start putting the puzzle pieces together as well. You are discovering right along with them.
It is a dark world, a closed off world, even the people are in some ways, sequestered from each other. It is for this reason that they have survived for so long, buried below the earth, in a silo. At the end, you feel hopeful, and wary. What will come of the new understanding of how the world works? What else lies out there, in the true world, the world beyond the view screen?
I have to say that your writing is amazing. Characters blend with actions, which blend with their surroundings in a typhoon of poetic prose that swirls like the great staircase itself. People are developed, then they die off. More people are developed--deeply, mind you--then they die off, too. But each one leaves something behind, that adds to a rolling snowball that can't help but eventually crash into the plutocrats and liars, knocking them off balance, pulling the rug out from under them, and the WOOL from the people's eyes. The WOOL Omnibus is about extreme dystopia, a post-apocalyptic hell underground, where people are born live, work, and die like so many ants in a vast silo. Their only view of the world outside is through a giant screen. One woman finds the program that generates the image on it, the one the population are meant to swallow as absolute truth, and pays for it with her life. But her legacy lives on, and is handed eventually to Juliette, an unlikely heroine who doesn't do what those in charge want her to do. And all hell breaks loose, as a vertical war erupts within. Will the men who control the servers and spin the lies, in their vaults of steel and glass, win, or will the long-oppressed farmers, mechanics, and miners prevail? You'll just have to read this amazing work it and find out!