Wool

Wool

eBook - 2013
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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. WOOL is the first novel in the bestselling Silo series that also includes SHIFT and DUST.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013.
ISBN: 9781620510902
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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An underground world, an uninhabitable outside, and the only way to view it is through a lens. Dystopian storytelling at it's finest. Suggested by Michelle C.

No one would ever want to leave the silo, not with the poisonous air outside. What if it wasn’t poisonous, though? What if the end of the world was a lie? Would you abandon your safe, albeit false reality and risk the possibility of agonizing death for freedom that might not be possible anymore?


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velowallah
Oct 07, 2018

Someone who doesn't know anything about sci-fi recommended this book to me, knowing I love the genre, especially the hard sci-fi. This is barely sci-fi though, more of a political dystopian murder mystery. Unfortunately, even in that genre, I found it very predictable and simplistic. Whatever you think is happening in the mise en scene, well, that's pretty much exactly what's going to happen. I couldn't tell whether this book was aimed for teenagers. Even then, series like Harry Potter or books by Philip Pullman are vastly more sophisticated. And the writing is mediocre, even cringe-worthy at times.

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hendrikhols
Aug 07, 2018

Rip off from Philip K. Dick's novel "The Penultimate Truth".. which is about a society of people in a post holocaust world living underground in a highly regimented order. Where the protagonist tries to have a look outside.

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7mary7
Jun 23, 2018

I gave this work a "one", because it is unfinished, and admittedly so, by the author. Perhaps I read the wrong version? I downloaded a library copy to my tablet, then also checked out the hard copy, just to be sure I had not missed something. I missed something...an ending.

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

I started reading this series individually but by the time i got to the third novella and was chewing them up so quickly, I was thrilled to see this collection of all five stories. Howey is an amazing new voice (in the wilderness?). Wool is less sci-fi and more dystopian than I had originally been led to believe, but if you're a sci-fi fan, don't let that stop you. Like all truly great stories, Wool comes down to the people. Set in a future we see as horrific, the people of the silo find their world normal, and to some extent comfortable. In some ways, Wool is more of a murder mystery. Early on, we know there are secrets someone is trying to keep. Further in, it's obvious who the bad guy is, but the motives are still unclear. Finally in the last two sections, the pieces come together even as lives begin to unravel. The shift from the individual to the whole pulls the reader in until, like the characters, at the end we find ourselves breathless and exhausted in our concern for the outcome. Without such well-written characters none of the tension would have touched the reader. I can't wait to see what Howey has up his sleeve next.

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rfoster7
Sep 06, 2017

Well written novel that, I gather, started out as a number of short stories or novellas. Howly has a readable, verbose style and has built a fantastically detailed and fascinating world filled with realistic and well-written characters. Only complaint/comment is that the justification for the "big secret" and how it manipulated generations of people into odd action is flimsy and hard to buy into. The last hundred pages or so felt rushed but it could have been the suspence building toward conclusion that made it feel that way. I would definitely read more in this series if more get written.

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susan_findlay
Aug 28, 2017

Fantastic book! Definitely worth reading the full set of five books (contained in this volume). While the first novella(?) stands alone, the overall story gains depth with each subsequent volume.

This is a story full of twists and turns. You'll probably see some of them coming, but I'd be very surprised if you see all of them. The author plays on the reader's expectations of what "should" happen given a particular scenario. He also does an excellent job of giving credible motivation to all of the characters - "good" and "bad" alike.

At its core, this is a book about human nature and it has some really thought-provoking moments.

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isaachar
Dec 17, 2016

Excellent science fiction! Knowing something of the plot beforehand, I went into this novel fearing it would be too similar to the popular dystopian video game series "Fallout", which also deals with humans living in vaults after the end of the world. Thankfully, that was about where the similarities end. The book also has a strong, independent female lead, which is rare in dystopian science fiction.

The first book gets the reader acquainted with the basics of life in the silo, and focuses on Juliette, a low level mechanic thrust into the political life of the silo, and stumbling upon a murderous conspiracy.

The second book in the series is both a prequel and a sequel, and takes place in a different 'location' than the first. The final book completes the story and connects the first two books. After reading each book, I felt like I needed to 'digest' what was happening before moving on with the story. This book and series were great reads.

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finn75
Nov 28, 2016

Brilliant. I would not say I am a huge science fiction fan but I absolutely loved this book as it was believable and fast paced.

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danomcd
Oct 03, 2016

What an amazing read! I loved how he was able to create such an in-depth world with richly outlined characters in a single book. As you read it you can literally see the world inside the silo and get a sense of what it must be like to trap inside.
AWESOME!

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

This book is an excellent and unique take on a post-apocalyptic earth.

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