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Wool 2 (Silo #1B)

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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  6,456 ratings  ·  407 reviews
A cleaning has been performed, and now the silo is without a sheriff. With only one good candidate available, Mayor Jahns and Deputy Mames set off for the Down Deep to recruit her in person. Along the way, they discover much about each other, troubling news about this candidate, and stumble upon fractured alliances that could spell the doom of a silo they've worked long ye ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Createspace
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Kay
WOOL 2 is a solid follow up to Wool. In this story, we get more intimate with the inner politics and economy of the silo, and those who play the game.

Following the events in Wool, the Mayor and her Deputy find themselves without a sheriff. Their chosen replacement resides in the Mechanics department, many floors below the Mayor's office (which is the closest to the surface). The Mayor and the Deputy decide to embark on a quasi journey deep down into the earth on foot to meet the replacement fac
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Nataliya
Now we get a glimpse into the politics of the dreadful silo of Wool - usually a boring part of any series, but it was handled quite well in this one. And we get the clearer idea of the "bad guys" in the story. And we get the better idea of the scope of this world, the hugeness of the silo.

The writing remains good in this installment. I did miss the completeness and the haunted feeling of the first novella. However, this is inevitable since, unlike the first one, this one was not originally inte
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Cass
Look I really like this series and will probably give the omnibus edition a 4 star rating. This however is sold as a single book and since I am so sick of books that are not books I am going to review this as if it were a stand alone book.

As an overview of an amazing city that exists inside a silo it is an excellent guide. The book doesn't have a plot and fails to explain one of the key elements of the previous book. If this book has its own ISBN then I should be able to pick it up and read it.
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Something had happened. A great and powerful thing had fallen out of alignment. And it had nothing to do with her generator.

It won't spoil anything because I just posted the last two sentences of Wool 2 : Proper Gauge, but talk about another ending that knocked me on my ass...

3.5 stars. Let's rewind. For most of the time spent reading, I had my son's voice (from when he was little) in my head saying what he'd always say after he'd caught me and my husband kissing, "EWWWW...OLD PEOPLE LOVE..."
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David Sven
Proper Guage - I love how Howey uses knitting as an analogy for these instalments. In knitting, proper guage is about getting the stitch the right size so the end product is the right size. And our story continues with a glimpse at the sheer scale of the Silo as we descend floor by floor to the belly of the beast.
We also get a further glimpse of the politics of the Silo between the elected Mayor and IT.

Unlike the first book, this one ended pretty predictably. It's not standalone but it serves w
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J.R.
If I gave the first book 4 stars, I have to give this one a solid 4.5. Wool 2 does a great job of keeping up the momentum, interest, and mystery established in the first book while adding a layer of human interaction that forges a deeper connection with the reader. While most of the first book revolves around a single character and his internal struggle, in Wool 2 we get introduced to wide variety of people living in the silo. We even get to a watch a relationship form, with some tender moments. ...more
Kaila
This review is also available on my blog, Stumptown Books.

Wool 2 wasn't nearly as compelling or as interesting as Wool 1. My first issue stems from a lack of proper imagery. The two characters are walking downstairs for basically the entire novelization - I believe it is 144 floors or so that they walk down. And this takes them two days. Two days?! If I'm picturing this wrong I would love to know, but 144 flights of stairs simply do not take that long to walk down, even if you are past your prim
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Coleen Cloete
This one was a bit slower than the first one and at first I was disappointed that the storyline was not so fast- paced and intriguing as the first. I felt this way throughout the book until I reached the 80% mark and then it all sort of came together and it made sense. The pace, the theme, the way the story evolved and then surprisingly the theme of the second story turned into a beautiful love story for me.
I am sure other people might read it completely different and have a completely differen
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Ravwrin
Wool 2 - Proper Gauge was fantastic! It started right where the first left off. A cleaning has been performed, and now the silo is without a sheriff. With only one good candidate available, Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes set off for the Down Deep to recruit her in person. Along the way, they discover much about each other, troubling news about this candidate, and stumble upon fractured alliances that could spell the doom of a silo they've worked long years to protect.

I couldn't wait to get my han
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Nadia
I read this book immediately after finishing Wool 1. I must say I found it ALOT slower and found myself not reaching for my book quite as often as with the first.

Things started to get interesting about 93% into it.

One of my most favorite things of Wool is that the characters are more mature. So no teeny, angsty love stories.

After the sheriff was sent to cleaning his position has to be filled. The Mayor and Deputy Sheriff set off to the deep depths of the silo to interview their favorite candida
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Richard
The first book gave us a glimpse of the silo environment but focused primarily on the main character, his torment and his final act of love and hope.

This second installment provides much more detail about the silo and it's people. We are also exposed to more characters in this story along with a journey, human intrigue, unrequited love and some of the same "what does it all mean?" types of questions we all ask ourselves. Mr. Howey definitely knows how to maintain the focus though and leads us de
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Jennifer Wardrip
Although slower in intensity than WOOL 1, I enjoyed this second installment of the series just as much as the first. I liked the added insight we got into the workings & minds of Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, and their travel/adventure toward the down-deep to find a new Sheriff. The workings of the silo continue to amaze me, and although the ending had me howling in rage (really, Hugh, REALLY???), I thoroughly loved this tale, which sent me scrambling to WOOL 3. Keep reeling me in, buddy, b ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Ok.... I'm bowing down to you Mr. Howey. You just prevented me from doing a half hour of work that is past due because I couldn't stop reading this. Damn me for sneaking a peek at the beginning of the book and not being able to stop reading. Damn you for writing a creative, science fiction story that has me captivated.

I WILL not sneak a peek at part 3! NOPE, won't do it!!!
Jason
4 Stars

Proper Gauge (Wool #2), is an enjoyable sequel to the fantastic short book one. In this book the story of the Silo continues, this time centering on Mayor Jahns. She is an intelligent, fierce, and brave older woman that is respected by most. Her relationship with Deputy Marnes is the center piece of this novel. The long trek up and down the Silo with him add some backstory, politics, and even some romance to the series.

Howey captures the reader with descriptive prose, and a tight story li
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Colin
Mar 08, 2012 Colin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Post-apocalyptic fans
Another wonderful story in the Wool universe, albeit one fairly different from the first.



Wool 2 focuses on Mayor Jahns, the weary longtime leader of the silo, and Marnes, longtime sheriff's deputy. The story follows the two on a long quest that takes them to the "deep down" of the silo (essentially the bottom section of levels that the Mayor, and many others who live near the surface, rarely comes in contact with).



I won't say what the quest is since it'd be somewhat of a spoiler for the first s
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Nathan
Each book in this series seems to get longer and longer. That may not be the case, but 2 is definitely longer than 1, and 5 was definitely the longest (by 3 and 4, though, I was turning through at such a clip that I had no idea of time).

2 was what it needed to be. Exactly what it needed to be. But only, again, after the fact.

Hugh Howey has a really good sense of composition. There isn't a lot of reliance on common tropes to give that sense of familiarity to the telling of the tale, but it's a ve
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Atodee
Dec 12, 2011 Atodee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of dystopian novels.
Is this by any chance going to be a saga? I certainly hope so. Rarely do I find sequels to live up to their predecessors, but this was fascinating. The character development was fantastic, as I felt such a deep connection to Jahns(especially) and was saddened and completely shocked towards the end of this installment!

I'm a huge fan of dystopian fiction, so naturally I am completely intrigued by the silo itself. The sheer scale of it is just amazing and there is still so much mystery surrounding
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Nikki
Hmm. Still processing this one. Again, there was a bit of a sting in the tale, but I saw it coming through some clumsy foreshadowing. Interesting addition to the world we already know a little about, and building things up nicely as far as explaining the inside of the silo goes.

But after the first book, I'm interested in outside, I want to know why and how and maybe when. While I liked the cautious, tender, careful relationship built up here, I wanted some more answers, not more questions.

Still,
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Louise
The second book in the Wool series basically just sets up the rest of the series (in my opinion). It's slow and took me forever to read. The economics and politics of the silo is very interesting and I enjoy the world he's created, but nothing really happens and for a 'short story' that is essential.
Gertie
Works best as part of a series (which of course I will read since I'm sure the rest will be just as good), whereas the first one could work on its own.

I really enjoy the way things are described, and in this tale the way the relationship between two main characters is written is particularly nice.
Andi
Wow - I'm officially hooked! The mayor and deputy take a journey into the depths of the silo to meet the most likely candidate to hold the sheriff's office. You get a sense of how large the silo really is through this telling, as well as the political and social structure of their society.
Rizwan
So this was still a pretty good read after the first. It picks up seamlessly from where Wool ended, and takes on the story of two other characters introduced in Wool - Mayor Jahns and Deputy Mames on their quest down to the very depths of the Silo to find a suitable new Sheriff. Along the way, we are introduced to the world of the Silo and we get glimpses of its structure, its factions and the segregated levels some of whom are far removed from the people in the upper levels. So basically this c ...more
Chelle
I can't wait to get into Wool 3!

Hugh Howey is my favorite discovery of 2012! More! More!

(Did find it funny that the one instance of actual knitting and she's using cotton.)
Sean
I'd give Proper Gauge 3 or perhaps 3.5 stars. An enjoyable read, certainly, but there's a bit of a falling off from the first installment to this one. The writing is solid, and the workings of the claustrophobic subterranean world are fleshed out in greater detail - the political factions that have developed around various work duties are especially interesting. Unfortunately, the main plot of this installment is boring and difficult to picture - a week-long trip up and down a stairwell, wherein ...more
Ashley
4.5. (I think I'm going to review each individual story and then the omnibus as a whole.)

I was a little worried going into Proper Gauge, which a not insignificant number of the reviews I had seen called "boring" and "slow". Coming off the stunning final pages of Wool#1, I can definitely see how you might think so. But what Howey does in book two is a very important step for storytelling and to me at least, compelling in its own right.

The idea of hundreds and hundreds more pages of full-tilt dre
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Janie Johnson
I did not enjoy this installment of Wool as much as I did the first until the last remaining pages in the story that entailed a twist I did not expect at all. So that was a huge plus and of course pushes me to continue with the story.

In this installment we read about Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, and learn more about them and their functions here in the silo. The silo ends up without a Sheriff and they need to go down into the deepest part of the silo to recruit a new one that they have in mind
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Profundus Librum
...mint egy különálló történet a Megfelelő méret bizony csalódás volt az első rész után.
Finoman szólva se borzongtam az izgalmaktól, annyi bizonyos. Azt nem hallgatom azért el, hogy az utolsó fejezet viszont durva volt és váratlan, nagyon tetszett. Azonnal nyúltam a harmadik rész, a Kivetve után.
Ha viszont annak tekintjük a Megfelelő méretet, ami valójában, nevesül egy könyv középső egy-ötöd részének, akkor máris nincs akkora baj. A beszélgetések során egy csomó dolgot megtudhattunk a siló társa
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Andrea
This book continues the story of the first book, nearly seamlessly. In the very short first novelette you learn about the fate of Sheriff Holston, the sheriff of the silo that reminded me a lot of the start of Fallout 3. Wool 2 starts right after the end of the first story, and features the Mayor of the silo and the deputy sheriff who now have the task of choosing a successor for the sheriff. They chose a rather unorthodox person, a mechanic called Jules who lives in the so-called deeps, on the ...more
Camilla
Do you know when you read a book, and you think: ”Its ok, I guess.. I’m not really that into it. I mean.. I’m not really involved at all. My feelings are not involved at all. “ and then something happens and you find yourself on the train gasping with your hand in front of your mouth. And as you look around, in what feels like slow-motion, on all the people looking at you, you think: “Well… I guess I’m into it.

To make a long story interesting short: I guess I’m into it.

In this part of the story
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Isamlq
A slightly more personal tale than the first, so a bit slower as a result. Still, it’s no less shocking in how it ends. Like Holston’s there are moments that touch on the past. But it’s a past that’s more specific to her, more personal. The mayor and her history contrasted to her duty and the many years she’s had to do what she’d had to do, paint a woman who’s strong but worn:

The days pile up and weigh small decisions down, don’t they…? I’m talking about days becoming weeks becoming months beco
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“What she had forever seen as her calling -- this living apart and serving the greater good -- now felt more a curse. Her life had been taken from her. Squeezed into pulp. The juice of her efforts and sacrificed years had dripped down through a silo that, just forty levels below her, hardly knew and barely cared.” 1 likes
“Bernard said this last word like it was full of nails and might gut him to spit it out.” 1 likes
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