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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)
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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WOOL is immensely satisfying, riveting, and "deep" in many senses of the word. Before purchasing the Silo Trilogy, the Internet book review sites convinced me that this was my kind of post-apocalyptic science fiction, and the novel was far better than I could have imagined. SHIFT and DUST are already in my Kindle library waiting for me to finish this review.
The author skillfully places us in the various threads of the story, which were originally presented in segments of a serial nature. Compiling the individual chapters into a cohesive novel was done so professionally that the reader cannot feel the "seams", and is not distracted by the choppiness seen in other, lesser works. The plot lines of science fiction, blended with anthropological theory, Howey's masterful character construction and a ruined planet make this book hard to "put down" (pre-ebook phrase). My plan is to read the other two in the series, and if Mr. Howey is able to hold up this incredible level of writing, I will let you know HERE.
At any rate, I don't want to give anything away, but the story was well told & the characters were both either likable, or dispised, depending on their role in the book. I usually tend to like more military action SciFi, especially when it comes to dystopian novels, but was one I found myslef reading straight through.
To the author, I would like to see a prequel, something explaining what the architects of these silo worlds were thinking & what actions led them to destroy the world as we know it now, in favor of this isolationist existence.
Great pacing. The author is not afraid to kill characters off, and make you mad as hell that others are getting away with some really terrible things.
Now I'm off to finish reading this amazing book!
Update: Wow! I finally made it to the end and it was absolutely excellent. I had heard good things about this book, but reading it really cemented it - this author is going places. Now I'm off to look up more of his work.
I really enjoyed the character of Jules and her trajectory as a hero. The character development and world building are first rate. I not only felt like I knew these people but also the inner desperation behind their actions. Although this is part of a Silo series, to me the book worked just fine as a stand alone.
If I have a criticism it us that some of the last 200 pages dragged a bit and could have been edited for pace. That didn't stop me from pile driving through this very inventive work. A clear five star winner.
Sci fi has many genres, from cyberpunk to space opera to mil sf.
Some of it is very, very good. Some is at best tolerable, even to sf readers. Much of it is a guilty pleasure, good for the in-crowd, but hardly something a mainstream reader, unacquainted with SF, would be too impressed with. Too geared towards technology, action or, sometimes, an inventive but obscure idea. Not enough towards character development or big ideas. When there are political messages they are often stereotyped: evil corporations, corrupt politicians, heroic rebels.
Wool manages to pull off a brilliant take on repression, information control, elitism and good old-fashioned Big Brotherhood. It does so without resorting to high tech blabber, zombies, lasers or many other SF tropes. Wool cares, deeply, about characters and it is about them, first and foremost. It is not a book you'd need feel ashamed to pass on to someone who doesn't usually read SF.
Had it come 50 or 60 years ago, Wool might have been considered as part of the greats like 1984 or Brave New World. I don't think it will, though the mass of reviews and appreciation by the readers may yet prove me wrong. Not because it lacks in power, but because there have been some many novels about dystopian societies since that its message is by force somewhat diluted and not as original as it would have been then.
My one minor peeve is that Wool seems to be expanding into a series. I've always preferred self-contained novels.