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Wool Paperback – March 12, 2013
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"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)
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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A psychological thriller. The scene with Juliette, alone in the dark and dead silo with only that knife... it's better than the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and not only because of the smart and independent heroine. Made me think about comparisons to Orwell too.
The ideas and concepts are also compelling--in some ways we all may live in silos; If not physically, then in our minds, with invisible wool over our eyes. Beyond the original plot line, the book opened up some interesting trains of thought. If something is entirely new, and we have nothing similar to compare it to, we don't see it and can't imagine it. I highlighted this quote, "You could only describe a new color in terms of hues previously seen. You could mix the known, but you couldn't mix the strange out of nothing."
To be honest, Mr. Howey, you pulled off a story that made me stop and think. You took mans primal self, need for love and approval, will to survive and mixed it with compassion, violence and some intuitive reasoning to write a book that I will gladly recommend.I
I love to read, and writing such as yours,keeps me coming back for more.
Multigenerational families occupy a 140+ story, cement silo, hidden underground from the poisonous winds that howl outside, killing instantly anyone unfortunate enough to breathe them. The story starts off with the gripping story of Holston, the honorable sheriff of the silo, who for some unfathomable reason, volunteers to go outside the silo to 'clean' the lenses that give the populace a view of the black clouds that roll through the dark, polluted sky. It's a one-way trip, one Holston's wife took 3 years ago for saying the forbidden words, "I want out".
Made up of 5 sections, Wool tells the story of Silo 18, and the people who live in it. Gripping doesn't begin to convey what happens in this novel of what might happen to us in the future. Told by a master-story teller, Wool is one of those books grabs you and doesn't let go, which I unfortunately found out while on vacation. But then, who needs sleep when you can be whisked away into a future world so realistic that you start checking the news to see it we're getting close to the same scenario.
I loved the characters. Howey gives us both honorable men, like the Sheriff, and despicable men, though as a I read, I started to see that it's a fine line between doing what's right, and doing what is best. I loved the character of Juliette. She's strong, hiding a secret hurt under layers of competence until she's called on to save the silo. And then we have to ask, is the silo worth saving? Is it worth saving the human race if they have to live underground for untold generations?
Howey doesn't shy away from the hard questions as he entertains his audience with the lives of compelling characters who live and breath in our minds, but he doesn't hit you over the head with them. There's a message in Wool, in fact, there are layered messages depending on how much you want to get out of his fine book. More than anything, Wool reminds me of the Tolkien series with its flawed heroes, and sympathetic villains. It's man against nature-man against machine-and mostly man against himself, as we watch the story unfold.
This is book you'll never forget, and if it's not been optioned for a movie yet, someone is not paying attention.
I'm now reading the prequel to Wool, First Shift-Legacy part 6 of the Wool series which tells why the silos came into being in the first place. I can foresee myself reading everything Howey has ever written. I love finding great new authors.