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Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Hugh Howey

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Title:Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)
Authors:Hugh Howey
Info:Broad Reach Publishing (2012), Kindle Edition, 550 pages
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Fantastic novel set in post-apoc. world. I've already put the rest of the series on hold. Have suggested this to a few other people and they have all liked it too and plan on reading the next ones. ( )
  Mooose | Apr 12, 2014 |
Il setting è interessante: l'aria esterna è irrespirabile e venefica e gli uomini vivono da generazioni all'interno di un gigantesco Silo che si sviluppa sotto la superficie della terra, in una società organizzata per piani e sistemi produttivi, con un controllo delle nascite attento e pianificato. Insomma, un sistema solo apparentemente equilibrato, ma noi che siamo lettori attenti sappiamo già che si tratta in realtà di un sistema in fragile equilibrio.

L'idea di partenza è originale, anche se vi ritrovo le tracce di un romanzo di Robert Silverberg, intitolato Monade 116 (titolo originale: The world inside) in cui il mondo è costituito da immensi grattacieli (monadi urbane) sparsi per il pianeta in cui la gente vive nel lusso e nel vizio, mentre pochissime e poverissime zone rurali esterne ad organizzazione tribale si occupano di provvedere al cibo. In Wool la storia è molto diversa, ma vi consiglio comunque di leggere entrambi i romanzi.

Un ottimo romanzo, l'ho divorato nel giro di due giorni! ( )
  Manua | Apr 10, 2014 |
A compelling read, Wool is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which humanity survives in a vast underground silo.

This is an unusual book in that it takes quite a long time to establish who the main protagonist is. The reason behind the odd structure is that it started life as a short story, released in the summer of 2011 via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing platform. When audience appetite created demand for further instalments, author Hugh Howey wrote and released the rest of the story in four successive instalments — and gave up his day job at a bookshop. Thus, issues with the novel are often down to the manner in which it was put together. For instance, the romantic lead is not nearly as well drawn as the other main characters and seemed to appear out of nowhere. That said, it is a fascinating way of working, more akin to the serialised fiction popular in the Victorian era.

The reader's attention is absorbed in unlocking the mysteries of the silo — a vast underground structure comprised of 150 levels. The decayed world outside can only be seen via a screen that transmits an image of a ruined landscape. In the silo the ultimate punishment takes the form of 'cleaning', in which the condemned are sent out to the toxic air to clean the camera sensors before they collapse and die. One of the book's many mysteries is: why do people agree to clean? In this aspect, Howey is a great storyteller. He knows just how to tempt and bait the reader to keep them turning the page.

The plot races forward, maintaining the reader's interest until the very end. Yet, the world building in Wool feels spare when compared to the richness of fictional worlds in works such as Christopher Priest's The Inverted World or Arthur C Clarke's The City and the Stars — which tackle similar themes. This takes away from the reading experience, since the narrative of Wool is built around its setting. More sensory details and a broader sense of the silo's history and culture would have given the novel greater depth. For instance, the children’s books that appear to be the only literature passed down to the subterranean inhabitants would surely have created strong emotional associations and vivid memories, which one of the characters could have shared with the reader.

Despite its flaws, Wool is a thrilling story full of plot twists, in which the protagonist is a tough-as-nails young woman called Juliette. No wonder Ridley Scott has bought up the film rights. ( )
  Wordhorse | Mar 20, 2014 |


This was my second time reading this book, I picked it up again because I found out there were two more in the series. Unfortunately I made the mistake of reading Shift, which is technically a prequel, before rereading this. I would urge others not to make that mistake.

I still stand by my first review that the end of the first novella, the one simply entitled Wool is so final, so powerful at the end that it really would have made an extraordinary standalone. But, everyone (including me) loves a franchise, so let's get to it.

The characters are well done and the world building is extraordinary. Howey does an awesome job at revealing what is happening in this dystopian society little by little, which really helps to keep the reader engaged in the story and with the characters. It had been long enough since I had read this that I didn't remember exactly what happened in the story so even though this was a reread I had some surprises.

Enjoyable. I'm about to start Dust, looking forward to it.

June 2012
Three and a half stars, really. I think that ending the series at the first novella would have been much more satisfying in a way.

I don't often write spoiler reviews, but this is different. The ending of the first novella is so final, so perfect in the way a short story should end, I really think that the author messed up in turning it into a hopeful, happy-go-lucky ending that finishes the fifth novella.

Overall - extraordinarily entertaining, but nothing deep or important.

EDIT: I also want to add that this book IS easy to get immersed in and the author does characters very, very well. Which is no small feat. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
Dystopian micro-cosm of the corporate world ( )
  jefware | Mar 17, 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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