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Wool (Wool #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  55,667 Ratings  ·  3,533 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.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 58 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Broad Reach (first published July 29th 2011)
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Dave Wool Omnibus is the 1st five Wool singles collected and as a collection it the first of the Silo Saga novels.
Tomiun Leif Buy the wool omnibus edition on Amazon. The problems originate from this being written in parts, which were sold separately at first.

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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  Queen of the Undead
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...
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
David Sven
Jan 18, 2013 David Sven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 19, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) 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
Penny Raspenny
Nov 15, 2015 Penny Raspenny rated it it was amazing
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 i
Jan 03, 2013 Patrick rated it it was ok
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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

This is the first “story” in the Wool Omnibus series that took the world by storm in 2011. At 49 pages long, the tale can be read in a single sitting, and more than likely you will do just that, because you will find yourself immediately getting sucked into this one from the first paragraph.

In this post apocalyptic world, a remnant of mankind lives in a giant circular silo. (It is never mentioned whether this is an old nuclear missile silo or not, but h
Mar 04, 2012 Andi rated it really liked it
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
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. :)
Chance Maree
Sep 15, 2013 Chance Maree rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
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
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
Have you ever felt guilty about not liking a book? Or is it only me? Or do I have a friend?


I will be honest. I had this book for seven, SEVEN months and this is my fifth attempt at reading it. I have had more success and pleasure in watching paint dry. The writing doesn't grip me at all.

I get it, I really do. I can see how there would be troves of people who like this book. I wanted to like this book so bad, too. The writing just bored me to tears. For the life of me I couldn't get anywhere and
Wendy F
Jun 11, 2012 Wendy F rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2012 Gertie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalypse

A glimpse into the world of WOOL

wool 2

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
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!
Aug 15, 2014 CS rated it it was ok
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
Mar 02, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
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
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
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Well, I won't be continuing this series after becoming privy to some information I had no knowledge of before.

It's really too bad, because this is a series I would have enjoyed. But, at this very moment after reading a certain blog, this is now how I feel:

Oct 31, 2012 Forrest rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 16, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-worlds, arc
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
Mar 12, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 Stars

What a great start to what I hope is a great series. This very short book one is smaller than most novella's, but it still manages to throw in some background and some world building. I loved the post apocalyptic setup and the state of society. Howey even manages to throw in some cool twists.
Apr 22, 2014 Zoeytron rated it really liked it
Most refreshing to find a dystopian tale that is not YA. This one grabbed my attention right away, and I have already purchased the omnibus. Interest officially piqued!
N.E. White
Feb 03, 2012 N.E. White rated it it was amazing
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
Wool seems like a strange title for this book. Suspenseful and thought-provoking at it's best, confusing and boring at it's worst. I can see how it was a hit as a short story.
Abby Farmer
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Oct 06, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 06, 2014 Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing
Read it in 42 minutes, and that number tells. 42.
Really nicely realized. The human touch, that's what matters.
And for a change, I have no silly limericks, just praise.
Double-double plot twists, a fine dose of despair.
Right and proper storytelling.
If you ask me (which you didn’t, but I'll answer your hypothetical question anyway), kindle publishing has been a wonderful thing for both authors and readers. Kindle publishing maybe hasn't been so good for established publishing houses but, well, screw them, right?

Kindle publishing also has been a mixed bag of tricks, especially from the reader's perspective. I think most of you would readily acknowledge that kindle has allowed some really talented people, with some really good stories to tell
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
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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.

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