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Wool | [Hugh Howey]

Wool

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.
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Publisher's Summary

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

What the Critics Say

"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson)

"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, ‘Wow,’ when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Sarah-Emily
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    6/19/13
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    "Fantastic - a real dystopia you can get behind."

    “It turned out that some crooked things looked even worse when straightened. Some tangled knots only made sense once unraveled.”

    Wool presents a world that is scary in its familiarity. The situation is so alien, but the characters are so alive. In far-future worlds it can be difficult to empathise with the characters but Hugh Howey's are so human. There are parts that are absolutely terrifying and I was completely submerged in his world. The plot twists and turns, the characters grow, fight, give-up, fail, and succeed, and you fear for them as they do. I felt like I was a part of the silo.

    Like We by Yevgeny Zamyatin this is a dystopia where the majority of souls exist in an [illusion of?] happiness. The enemy is always human, and best intentions can create the worst of the horrors. The reader is pleasant to listen to and the pacing of both the audio and the novel is excellent.

    I think the author has a wonderful understanding of what makes us tick and uses his understanding to both bring hope and crushing devastation. And I will always have a place in my heart for Juilette and Lukas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    6/2/13
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    "SCIENCE FICTION WITH BELLS ON"

    I took a chance on this tittle after a favourable review in the times, this was a home publish project that took off in a big way. I loved it from the first chapter ,there were so many permutations and I could see why it had so many re writes.
    Susannah Harker's narration was calm and totally fitting to the book.
    Just getting into the second book 'shift ',I feel a film coming on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "I wanted more"

    Great story, very well written and narrated. It was a bit different from my usual books but very glad I chose it. My only problem was the ending - the last chapter left a lot unanswered - just hoping that this is because there's a second book!?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "DIdn't deliver for me"

    I realize that many others have enjoyed this book, but I forced myself to finish it just to see how it ended. The characters didn't come to life so I didn't really care what happened to them and found it difficult to remember who was whom. There is too much boring detail about life in the dystopian world spent imprisoned in silos. The narrator did a valiant job but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    11/24/14
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    "Brilliant"
    If you could sum up Wool in three words, what would they be?

    Believable , claustrophobic , gripping


    What other book might you compare Wool to, and why?

    Honestly haven't read any books that make science fiction so believable , I am not a huge fan of sci fi and I brought this book on a whim , so glad I did now as have listened to and read all three of the trilogy several times now


    What does Susannah Harker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Really gentle reading , such a cool moderated voice that it slows the pace down beautifully


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TIM
    SALISBURY, United Kingdom
    9/26/14
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    "LOST underground"

    From the first paragraph I was completely absorbed into this world, the characters, story etc. is all perfect. Listen to this and you're guaranteed to have dreams about it.

    It's full of surprises and twists - it reminds me of what LOST could of been, combining a sense of wonder and mystery but with a coherent plot where everything is tied together properly.

    Another great thing about this, is that despite being a trilogy, the ending here feels complete & satisfying.

    DOWNLOAD IT NOW.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    9/17/14
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    "Mediocre at best"

    I got this because it had good reviews but honestly, although I listened to the end, it is nowhere near the quality of The name of the wind or Joe Abercrombie's stuff. The storyline is the best bit but it takes a long time to get to where it's going and it's very overblown. Spend your credit on the girl with all the gifts, that is an excellent alternative future society novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • markjhall
    7/19/14
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    "Slow and plodding with annoying narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Faster paced story, better narration


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting idea of the silo culture, society and back story


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Susannah Harker?

    Either a Brit who sticks to a Brit accent, or an American, but not a Brit narrating in British accent but reading speech in a dodgy American accent.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good idea for story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. P. D. Rudman
    Oxford, UK
    6/26/14
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    "Definitely Epic, page-turner"
    Where does Wool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably the best


    Any additional comments?

    It's a series of short stories stitched together, not always perfectly. Even so, it's one of the best books I've read/listened to in a long time. Of the trilogy, I would give Wool 10/10, Shift 5/10 and Dust 8/10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    Fortrose, United Kingdom
    5/1/14
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    "Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole.... in Wool it is!"

    Wool is an absorbing and enthralling story about a group of people living inside a silo, why... where... when... how! It's a grim world and for many of the characters the only world they have ever known. There is never a dull moment as the story unfolds at pace and you'll be left itching to start the second book in the series straight away!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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