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Wool (2012)

by Hugh Howey

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Silo Series (1), Wool (omnibus 1-5)

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6,6523811,428 (4.08)303
In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. 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. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.… (more)
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A thoroughly enjoyable yarn. Hugh Howey's style is very easy to read and the tale is paced beautifully.
Although the high concept is fairly familiar, the characters are very enjoyable and the narrative plays out in a satisfying way. I will definitely read the other books in the trilogy. ( )
  CraigGoodwin | May 20, 2024 |
A post-apocalyptic world, where the survivors are kept in the dark about what happened in the past and about the reality of the present. A well written page turner. Part of a trilogy. ( )
  TomMcGreevy | Mar 16, 2024 |
I loved this. It really hooked me, and kept me wanting to read more. Great storytelling. ( )
  ledonnelly | Mar 11, 2024 |
This was a great, but short read. Also, I'm a bit confused on which book is next. I recommend it to anyone that just likes a good story. ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
It's still good and I had no idea there was a prequel. Moving on! ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
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The novel has been compared with the post-apocalyptic fiction of Cormac McCarthy and Justin Cronin, and is more character-driven than conventional sci-fi.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Howey, Hughprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballerini, EdoardoNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aaltonen, EinariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
We get no credit for being sane, do we? I get no credit, even from me. From myself. I hold it together and hold it together and I make it another day, another year.
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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In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. 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. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

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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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