- 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: 13,209 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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When I realized it was just the first chapter, I was honestly surprised. Where the hell could Hugh Howey take this story now? And then I found out. The first chapter gives us a slowly unfolding contained world, and the author takes us slowly through the folds, creating more depth and mystery at the same time. I barely finished the first book before buying the rest in the series. Thank you so much for a compelling read!
There are some good twists along the way as well, daring switches that set the tone for the book in a jarring but effective way early on. But the real value is in the social commentary. Wool is a long tale of the power of willful blindness and obedience.
Overall, I was impressed even though this isn't my genre of choice. What kept it from getting a 5th star, however, was the somewhat predictable ending. Still, I will be recommending this book to friends.
My eyes are open and I have a strange urge to learn how to fix an engine. This novel was truly inspiring and I cannot wait to gobble up the next books that follow in this series. This cult classic turned best-seller will not disappoint, is an easy read, and I would recommend it to anyone with a passion for a good tale about human perseverance and sheer will to live.
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 loved this book and I am invested in completing the series. I look forward to reading other works by this author.