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Wool - Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey

Wool - Omnibus Edition (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Hugh Howey

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Title:Wool - Omnibus Edition
Authors:Hugh Howey
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 548 pages
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Detective thriller set in a post apocalyptic world where the last survivors (?) of a global catastrophe live in an underground silo. If one of the inhabitants of this claustrophobic world express the desire to go outside, she/he is "put to cleaning"-sent into the toxic world above, a certain death sentence. The pleasure of this book is in the solving the mysteries of this strange society along with the main character. ( )
  HenryKrinkle | Jul 23, 2014 |
An excellent read! Well-crafted dystopian underground world with excellent character development in each story. I especially liked how each story was told from a different perspective instead of using the same person, starting with Sheriff Holston, then Mayor Jahn, and ultimately, Juliette. There were quite a few "oh-no" scenes, and several nail-biters, too. Looking forward to the next series (I'm waiting for the omnibus of that one, too), and I've added Hugh Howey's other books to my TBR list. ( )
  ssimon2000 | Jul 17, 2014 |
This [non-YA] post-apocalyptic dystopia is excellent, and is, in my estimation, deserving of both its many high ratings and its optioning by Ridley Scott for a film adaptation.

The story takes place inside a huge underground silo that goes down 144 stories, with only the very top level having a view of the outside, which is nothing but a desolate landscape. Different professions are assigned to the different levels, which include farms, living quarters, supplies, mechanicals, and the all-important IT tech area. The silo has a mayor, sheriff, and a number of deputies throughout the structure. Porters travel up and down the silo steps to make deliveries. Order is maintained by means of assigning “cleanings” to those who break the law: these people are ejected from the silo and told to scrub the camera lenses to the outside before they invariably die from the poison air. No one really knows why these exiles always perform the cleaning, especially since almost every new cleaner vows not to do it.

The “cleanings” are not protested by the silo’s denizens; on the contrary, they are celebrated, because every time someone dies naturally or is banished, a lottery is held so that young couples can vie for the right to have a child. After all, there is only so much room in the silo.

As the story begins, the sheriff, Holston, actually volunteers to go out and do the next cleaning (in essence, a suicide mission). The previous cleaning took place three years before, when his wife was ejected from the silo. After Holston leaves, the mayor - a warm and independent woman - needs to appoint a new sheriff, and goes against the wishes of the head of IT (who seems to have a strong power base of his own), to pick Juliette Nichols, age 34, from the mechanical department. “Jules” is smart, popular, hard working and full of initiative. When Jules gets up to the top of the silo to take over the job, she is determined to find out why Holston decided to commit suicide now after three years of mourning for his wife. Her investigations set off a number of revelations and reactions that rock the world of the silo, and convince Jules to embark on a project “to pull the wool back from everyone’s eyes….”

Not all of the secrets are revealed; this book is the first of a series. But the story does wind up, and you can feel satisfied with reading only this first book. But I don't think you won’t want to go on; I couldn’t wait to start the next book in the series!

Evaluation: For those who loved the MacGyver hero of The Martian, the female heroine of this book is just as awesome, and the story is more consistently interesting. It’s a thought-provoking page turner that is surprising and devastating in its realism.

Note: The blurbs on the cover make it sound like a “horror” novel which is why I avoided it for so long. It is nothing of the kind, except in the sense that dystopias sometimes are when they seem too plausible. But there is nothing “Stephen-King-esque” about this book at all. It is just a good post-apocalyptic scenario, with lots of action, suspense, and skillful development of memorable characters. ( )
  nbmars | Jul 10, 2014 |
Despite a rocky start, the story got me hooked and I flew through this book. A very well written post-apocalyptic novel. It's character driven but the author knows how to write about a physical, working place. Fixing a generator was a dramatic event. I cared. Good job Hugh. I look forward to reading your other books. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Jul 8, 2014 |
Starts of really strong. Couldn't finish the last few books though. Just read the first two. ( )
  kaipakartik | Jun 27, 2014 |
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This collected work is dedicated to anyone who dares dream of a better place.
To those who dare to hope.
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The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.
He’d only ever seen a gun once, a smaller one on the hip of that old deputy, a gun he’d always figured was more for show. He stuffed a fistful of deadly rounds in his pocket, thinking how each one could end an individual life, and understanding why such things were forbidden. Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one’s conscience to get in the way.
He sounded flustered. Juliette watched him busy about the stove, his movements jerky and manic, and realized she was the one cloistered away and ignorant, not him. He had all these books, decades of reading history, the company of ancestors she could only imagine. What did she have as her experience? A life in a dark hole with thousands of fellow, ignorant savages? She tried to remember this as she watched him dig a finger in his ear and then inspect his fingernail
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This edition (often just titled "Wool") contains five short stories:
1) Holston
2) Proper Gauge
3) Casting Off
4) The Unraveling
5) The Stranded

Please do not combine it with the standalone short story titled "Wool".
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This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.

The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
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In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks to go outside. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken....… (more)

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