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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jason 2013
  • 07-16-17

As excellent as an audio book as the read

Liked the reader, listening to this book gave it a new depth and was able to consider the social commentary. Especially relevant in the UK after some of the recent political commentary!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-17

superb story in a realistic world

I was previously recommended this book and had it in my library for a while. very happy when I listened to it. the characters were believable and real. excellent story looking forward to the next book.

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  • A. Southcott
  • 06-20-17

wonderful

I couldn't have loved this more. I always guess at how a story is going to finish but I could never have guessed this ending. fantastic reading and fantastic story

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  • Ben
  • 05-12-17

Wow

this was recommended to me by a friend, not my usual fayre. but loved it.

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  • nick gierus
  • 02-28-17

Pretty Good

Good characters and an interesting story. Interested to see what happens in the next instalment.

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  • Simon Reveley
  • 12-13-16

Best Sci-Fi yarn I've read in years

Best Sci-Fi yarn I've read in years. Can't recommend it highly enough. Excellent voice artist too.

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  • Mrs M.
  • 11-30-16

Fully Enjoyed

Looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. Well read doing justice to a well written story.

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  • Steve S
  • 11-28-16

Got a bit bored towards the end!

It was an interesting concept and I started to enjoy the book once it got going, but I think it just went on a bit too long.
It was in the latter part of the book that it all got a bit mushy and the main protagonists started to irritate me. At this juncture I just couldn't wait for the book to finish.

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  • Erica H.
  • 09-30-16

Brilliant. ....

2nd time listening to this book, even better than the first time, listen out for more....

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  • Ben
  • 08-16-16

Amazing and original

A fantastic and unique tale set in a world both alien and oddly relatable. The characters are the true stars of the show but even the world itself has a magic about it. I would highly recommend this extremely well written book.