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Wool (Silo 0.1)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  18,650 ratings  ·  1,969 reviews
Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for.

What the press is saying:

Boing Boing's Official Review: "This st...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 56 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Broad Reach (first published July 29th 2011)
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The Holy Terror
Basically what my two stars boils down to is this: I had too many questions by the end and I didn't feel attached to any of the characters. I didn't think the "big reveal" was all that exciting or as terrifying as I'm sure it was meant to be either. And the more I found out about the world, such as the technology or what happened in the past, the more questions I had that were never answered. I realize this is a short story and it continues on, but if you're going to sell me a book it needs to f...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
A Badass Hidden Gem...


OMG, this short story was absolutely fantastic. Who is this author and why is he not on everyone's radar. Must read, don't think about it, it's a short story and won't take up much of your time and I think it's only 99 cents, just go get it! Hurry...go.......why are you still reading this...gooooo

Go now...
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Jun 19, 2012 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) by: Regina
I want to go out. I want to go out. I wanttogoout.

4.5 stars. Holy _____ . You can choose which word to insert there but you might want to pick something much stronger than cow. Because the word I'm thinking is pretty strong with a lot of caps and exclamation points following it.

People (ahhh...yes, the very abstract and almost imaginary use of "people") have been telling me to read this short for a while now. I should have been listening sooner. Btw... Wool is a very condensed little read. It...more
Wool by Hugh Howey is a short but worthy read. The author masterfully conveys the feeling of desperation, doom, and unrest that stem from questionably voluntary living/imprisonment in the confines of a giant concrete underground shelter in the toxic world, as well as the overpowering need and drive to find out whether there is truth in the faint but forbidden hope that there just may be something better outside.

For such a short book, the themes are very well-developed. The narration is great, t...more
David Sven
Book 1 of the Wool Omnibus. Short at some 49 pages – and its got my attention.
The remnants of mankind live in a giant circular Silo going into the ground – outside is an uninhabitable waste with toxic corrosive air. We aren’t really told what’s happened. People can view the outside world through a screen that’s fed from four live feed camera’s outside. Problem - the cameras need to be cleaned. Problem - going outside is a death sentence. Solution – send out condemned criminals to clean the camer...more
Wendy Darling
First three installments of this dystopian series are FREE today for Kindle. Fantastic reviews and ratings for this author, sounds like it's worth checking out!

Thanks to Michelle for the nudge. :)
Wendy F
Jun 11, 2012 Wendy F rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy F by: Regina
Whoa.... (Imagine that a deeply shocked, whoa...)

I had no idea that a short could make me feel like that...

How can a book you can read in a 1/2 hour really make you feel such strong emotion?

I used to think that reader/character connection comes from page count. I mean, how else are you going to find enough time to really know who they are and connect to them on that certain level? Sometimes it does, depending on what the author is trying to overcome, (See Dan & Vadim). Well, I've come to re...more
Mar 04, 2012 Andi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
3.5 stars. This short story would make a great episode of The Twilight Zone. Set in a post-apocalyptic and uninhabitable world where the survivors live in an underground missile silo, criminals are sent outside to clean the sensors and cameras so everyone inside can continue to see what's out there. They are also supposedly sent to their deaths due to the toxic air, but no one really knows because they never come back. It's a wonder they actually complete their cleanings before going off over th...more
Jennifer Wardrip
The absolute best in apocalyptic short stories! Dystopian, post-apocalyptic, horror - take your pick, this little tale covers it all. I would LOVE to see more from this author, and from this scary, scary world!

**Edit & update - There IS more! I've picked up WOOL 2, 3, & 4, and Mr. Howey informs me WOOL 5 should be out sometime in February. Go now, my pretties, and pick up tales 1-4. The Genius demands it!
Mar 14, 2012 Penny rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: dystopian lovers or lazy readers (it's pretty small)
Recommended to Penny by: GoodReads
Shelves: favorites, dystopian

I'm lost for words...


This was good!

After Hunger Games and Uglies, I thought I'd never find a good dystopian book (no ladies and gentlemen, Divergent didn't make it up there). Yet I stumbled upon this one (thanks to GR friends of mine that I saw had given good ratings).

We saw a dystopian world, a scared terrified crowd, a manipulative goverment and a great an everlasting love. A love I might add that we saw from the end. I mean, it was already there when we started reading, we never saw...more
I read this novella for two reasons. First, Michelle's review and second, because the ebook was offered for free from Amazon. I am so glad for these nudges because the book was a lot of fun. The kind of fun that only a decent post-apoc and creepy dystopian story can deliver. One of my favorite kinds of literary fun.

The set up to the story is simple as the novella is only 59 pages. It is told from the point of view of one character - -both in the present time of the story and through brief flash...more
This is a short book, around 60 pages, and well worth the read if you have an hour to spare. Despite its length, the story was well paced and very well developed. I've read books that are more than four times as long with less going on than WOOL. The book description does a great job summarizing the plot, so all I’ll say on that end is that the plot is quite unique and keeps you guessing until the end.

Besides the story, what I liked the best about WOOL was how immediately familiar such a barren...more

A glimpse into the world of WOOL

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Great little story that I suspect will stick with me for a while. It was hard while reading it not to get too caught up in a guessing game about how things would unfold. The writing style is nicely descriptive and the story itself is engaging and memorable. Highly recommended.
Memorability Factor: 9/10


This turned out to be one of my favorite reads of 2012. The are currently running an art contest on Facebook for art made by fans, inspired by WOOL. No I...more
Chance Maree
Going into this, I knew this novella was meant to hook the reader into the Wool series. The writing is fine, well edited and clear, but doesn't have the richness or depth to earn 4 or even 3 stars.

Two main characters are introduced, Sheriff Holston and his wife. Oftentimes characters are what draws a reader into a series. Time and effort are invested by writer and readers, and, hopefully, attachments are formed enough to carry the story forward. In this case, I haven't that sense of attachment o...more
N.E. White
This review is for the first five of the WOOL series.

WOOL is AWESOME on 142 levels. They are so good, one must say as little as one can about them so that you don't ruin it for the new reader. With that, here's my review.

The WOOL series of short stories began as a stand alone tale that soon grew to five, well-received short stories that weave a dyspotian tale of human perseverance. Set in the distant future, the world outside is toxic. People live and die beneath the earth in silos. Except for a...more
I am not sure where I am in this novel I got it from Netgalley (thank you very much) there are no page numbers but from the index it seems to be the whole omnibus. I've broken down and jumped on the bandwagon, and yes it is brilliantly written.
Each sentence is crafted to evoke a specific vision, emotion, and even memory that is embedded in our animal self. We all have the same fears, desires, insecurities, and paranoid thoughts. Somehow Hugh Howey has tapped into all those base elemental DNA, b...more
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This looks like a fantastic beginning to a dystopian Science Fiction ditty that could turn into a saga. I look forward to reading the omnibus edition. The writing is emotive, the plot intriguing, and the characters sympathetic. So far. I have high hopes for unraveling the rest of Hugh Howey's Wool.
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This is an interesting set-up for a world, with quite a good twist in the end -- a sting in the tale, as I like to refer to it, which I most often see with short stories. I wonder how that will fit in with it being part of a series.

We don't learn much about the whys and wherefores: we're as stuck in the world of the silo as the characters. That might pique your interest or irritate the bejesus out of you, depending on personal taste. I liked the way the end was done, anyway: another reviewer (ca...more
There is something horrifyingly disturbing and breathtakingly efficient about this little story. I know that it is part of a series, an omnibus that in fact also has sequels, but I have chosen to rate part #1 as it is, simply because it is quite complete all by itself.

I am struck by a comparison to other recent dystopian-themed books. I have read a few and have been feeling that something is off; it is probably the playful romances that take place in most of them. It detracts from the starkness...more
Kayci Morgan
I picked up this book because people were talking about it as a self-pubbed book that was really good. And I figured since it was free, it was worth checking out.

This is not a book.

This is crack with a cover. The writer should be brought up on charges of drug trafficking. Yes, it was that good. I immediately bought the one after that, and the one after that, and the one after that and loved them all.

The world is interesting. The characters deep. And the story is engaging. What more can you ask f...more
it's not easy to impress in less than 50 pages, but hugh howey knows how to do it! this is the best start of a dystopian novel i've read in ages. can't wait for the omnibus to arrive and to read on!

"Better to go out to see the world one time with his own eyes, than to be burned alive with the plastic curtains"

i'm going to keep this review very simple: everyone - read this novella. it's worth every single second you'll spend reading it.
I simply love, love, love destopian novels.

A very quick and easy read. A bit confusing at the beginning, with twist at the end for good measure.

Will be reading no. 2 next.
Cathy  Keaton
My FAVORITE Adult indie read for 2012.

Plot: Holston is an aging man, weighed down by his desperation over wanting to leave his home in an underground silo. His wife is already dead because she dared to break the stringent rules of their community, and the sentence was to go outside, above ground, and clean the lenses on the cameras that reveal the outside world's view. That outside world is filled with toxic gases that will destroy anything in minutes, so this punishment truly is a death sentenc...more
Sometimes I weep for the future generations and their concept of literacy. I know, this makes me a grumpy curmudgeon. But I can't help it when I read stuff like this.

While poorly written books have always been with us, and some poorly written books have become popular bestsellers, the self-publishing revolution has opened the floodgates to writing like this being praised and rewarded far beyond the ken. People, just because a metaphor is tortured beyond belief, that does not make the writing lit...more
It had happened in a single moment, the destruction of all that he knew.

When I got Wool from Amazon several months ago because it was free and who really turns down a book that looks 'interesting' and is well, free? I'll admit that the likelihood of me actually reading it was slim, very slim to be honest.

Well, I picked it up today, not because of some primal need to read this strange titled book. Nope, it was because all my friends had started reading it and were raving about it. Yeah, I sure...more
Mike Kleine
If there’s one rule in the silo, it’s this: never ask to go outside.

Hugh Howey’s WOOL is an unorthodox tale about survival and post-apocalyptic wellness in a dystopian world where reality and the very notion of survival have devolved into a state of underground existence. What began as a short story quickly grew into Howey’s most successful series to date. When it comes down to it, WOOL is, in principle, a science fiction text, but don’t go on expecting aliens from distant planets or futuristic...more
Jay Krow
I'd been hearing about this story from different people for quite some time. Everyone that I knew who had read it absolutely loved it. So I finally decided to give it a shot, and man am I glad I did. First let me say I've never really been into the dystopian stories. Other than 1984, which I think everyone should read at least once, I don't really remember reading that many from this genre. That may have to change after reading Wool. It wasn't just the story that reeled me in, it was the writing...more
Matthew Hunter
Two weeks ago, I had never heard of Wool or author Hugh Howey. Now I'm giving him a five-star rating for one of the best edge-of-my-seat thrillers I've ever read. And that was the most surprising part of my reading experience - Wool as thriller. A gunless, horrorless, fast carless, evil beingless thriller. I had to forcibly stop myself from flipping to the end of the book to learn Holston's fate. And the book's only 59 pages long!

The short format makes full physical and environmental description...more
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I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified...more
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“My life is too tight, he wanted to say. My skin is too tight. The walls are too tight.” 24 likes
“Better to go out to see the world one time with his own eyes, than to be burned alive with the plastic curtains.” 7 likes
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