Jeffrey Bluhm, November 23, 2014 (view all comments by Jeffrey Bluhm)
I approached this trilogy (Wool, Shift, and Dust) with great anticipation, but I became increasingly disillusioned as the series progressed and, at the end, find myself moderately disappointed. The basic premise is interesting, as is the way the backstory is gradually revealed as the main plotlines advance. However, most of the major players, in addition to being somewhat unlikeable, are also rather superficially characterized. Half of the 2nd volume follows an teenager as he grows up isolated from contact with others, and in addition to just not being that interesting, it reveals the main weakness of these books: the seeming lack of an editor. The content of these three books would have made a very good single novel, and where the third leaves off would have made a good starting point for continuation of the story. In short, these three novels are one good one stretched too thin.
W S Krauss, November 6, 2014 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
I loved the story and the main character Jules. The air outside is toxic. People live in an underground silo where they work, live, reproduce, die. When a resident breaks certain laws, they are sent outside in a suit that only lasts long enough for the criminal to clean the sensors outside that give the residents of the silo their only view of the outside world. Some of the residents have discovered that there are lies that form the basis of their existence and are determined to bring the truth to light. But it is a dangerous mission they are on, one that may threaten the very existence of the silo.
ndavislmt, October 30, 2014 (view all comments by ndavislmt)
I am loving post-apocalyptic books right now! It kept me guessing the whole time and I couldn't put it down. This is a great vacation read. I read it in a week or so and continued to the next in the series as soon as I was finished. I read really fast so this might not be the case for everyone, plus it helps that I was reading until 2 in the morning every night because it was so immersive. Definitely worth a read!
GrannyH, November 17, 2013 (view all comments by GrannyH)
Set in a dystopian future, Wool had me within a few pages. People are living in an underground silo with over 100 levels because the outside air is poisonous. Crumbling skyscrapers can be viewed through portals that become increasingly obscured by blowing dust. Lotteries determine who will be allowed to give birth to new babies to replace those who die from natural causes (and get buried in the gardens that supply food) or commit crimes and are sent outside to clean the portal sensors and die. Expressing a desire to go outside means you will be the next cleaner. I look forward to future books that may reveal how the world became poisoned, and the future of the people of the silo, who have stolen my heart.
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Holly B, July 26, 2013 (view all comments by Holly B)
I read about this book on the Daily Dose email, and thank goodness for that. Compelling and intricate, each part layers onto the next, creating a complex, realistic society with shattering revelations. Some might call it sci fi, but it's really more of a general fiction dystopian future. It really packs a punch.
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Simon & Schuster -
by Carla M.,
I don't usually read too much in the post-apocalypse genre, but two employees chose this self-published book in their Top 5 list last year, and when Simon & Schuster produced it this year, I just had to give it a try. And, yeah, the title and cover are odd, but don't let them stop you from reading this book. Wool took me by surprise. It was so amazing I want to tell everyone to read it!
by Carla M.
by Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage,
"Howey's Wool is an epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world."
by Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series,
"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."
by Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One on Wool,
"With Wool Hugh Howey has created a new science fiction classic."
by S.J. Watson, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep,
"Exilharating, intense, addictive."
by Jonathan Hayes, author of A Hard Death,
"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."
by The Wall Street Journal,
"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."
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