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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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Wool by Hugh Howey (2012)

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I can't even start describing how good it is. Just check it out yourself. And it already has sequel novels, called Shift Omnibus, consisting of 3 parts. Going to read 'em right away!!! :) ( )
  otikhonova | Dec 8, 2014 |
a little slow to start, but once it got rolling it was a fun read! page turner, highly recommend. ( )
  Mrdrewk | Dec 2, 2014 |
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2369752.html

This book was recommended to me by a former professional ice-hockey player called Elvis. A good call - it's set in a future where what's left of humanity is trapped in cramped underground silos, protected from the poisoned and corrosive atmosphere, and the worst punishment imaginable is to be sent outside for a "cleaning", to slowly die in the tainted air. Of course, the existing power structure is founded on lies and oppression, and one young woman finds herself with a mission to overturn the existing order. I really enjoyed it - apparently a case of self-publishing going right - and am rather surprised I hadn't picked up much buzz about it from my usual fandom sources. ( )
  nwhyte | Nov 21, 2014 |
It's a good story, well told. There's certainly potential for it to grow into a series. I understand that is already happening.
I enjoyed reading this book. ( )
  peterjameswest | Nov 21, 2014 |
Wool - Omnibus Edition, Hugh Howey, 2012. This has got to be one of the ten best dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels I’ve read. I fell down the Silo’s spiral stairs to black and white memories of great old “Twilight Zone” episodes where Howey’s concrete and steel world with its pumps and generators, nuts and bolts, wrenches and soldering irons seemed more important than the high-tech computers of IT. But this claustrophobic, constricting setting only works because the characterization is so compelling. The story’s heroes and heroines are real people to whom the reader gets attached, and therefore suffers the consequences. The metaphysical symbolism that encloses this world is powerful, and given the solid reality of the setting, surprising. It is no wonder that this book emerged from the self-publishing world to be such a success. ( )
  drardavis | Nov 5, 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.
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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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