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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  81,307 ratings  ·  4,551 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.
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 58 pages
Published July 30th 2011 by Broad Reach (first published July 29th 2011)
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Pam Baddeley I think it's a twin meaning - the cleaners use 'wool' though it is actually cotton wool as they don't have sheep in the silo, and the early section wi…moreI think it's a twin meaning - the cleaners use 'wool' though it is actually cotton wool as they don't have sheep in the silo, and the early section with the sheriff refers to it being made of cotton.

Later Juliette does remember the old adage about pulling wool over people's eyes when she starts to investigate.(less)
Kimberley Bauer Wool is the full series in one book. I think they were originally published in parts which are all now chapters in the full book. You'll see the indiv…moreWool is the full series in one book. I think they were originally published in parts which are all now chapters in the full book. You'll see the individual parts numbered here, but only one of these books has the full story, all chapters, in one.(less)

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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
J.L.   Sutton
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wanting to go outside seems like a reasonable thing. Unless, of course, you live in an underground silo that protects you from the toxic air above ground. Then, maybe it’s better to stay inside! In Hugh Howey’s post-apocalyptic tale, Wool (Book 1), the stage is set to unravel the mysteries of living in this silo. Through an investigation by the silo’s sheriff, Holston, we learn something of the circumstances of his wife’s death as well as a little bit about this community (which is really its ow ...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...
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Apr 07, 2013 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
Ivie dan Glokta
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
David Sven
Sep 23, 2012 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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Penny Raspenny
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
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
Sharon Metcalf
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, logan-bookclub
3.5 stars
So, Wool by Hugh Howey took me completely by surprise in a good way. Knowing it was of the SciFi genre had me feeling hesitant, but hey I belong to a bookclub to stretch my boundaries and take me out of my reading comfort zone every now and then. I'd read only one review prior to starting and to say it was unfavourable is an understatement. Reluctantly I opened the book and I'm delighted to say my low expectations were almost immediately shattered. I'm not saying it's my favourite book
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story, dystopia
Wool was an incredibly short, but mind gripping and horrifying post-apocalyptic story about humans and survival at any cost!

Hugh Howey scored MAJOR points in my 'dystopia' appetite! I've been craving post-apocalyptic novels, ever since I've re-read Stephen King's earth shattering The Stand. Following my insatiable hunger for anything 'holy shit the world is over, now what?'- I got into the incredible Bird Box. I was thoroughly immersed in the post-disease/war world that theWool had to offer! De
Michael Slavin
2,340 Amazon reviews (94% 4 and 5-star reviews)

58 pages, but a good sci-fi short story. Everyone lives in a silo in a post-apocalyptic world and periodically someone has to go outside on a suicide mission of cleaning the lenses. Surprising everyone, the Sheriff volunteers. Hard to say much without giving it away, but it is such a short read, it is interesting, and it gives you a taste of the series if you want to follow up Book 1. This is the lead into the series which I have not read, but will
Lisa Reads & Reviews
Nov 12, 2012 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
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. :)
Apr 20, 2014 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!
Feb 29, 2012 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 F
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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 realiz
Jan 05, 2012 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
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!
Paul (Life In The Slow Lane)
Maybe it should be titled "Goldfish"

Does a pet goldfish ever wonder what life is like outside the bowl? It swims around in its little glass prison, constantly exposed to its view of outside – watching us perform our daily routine. Does it know that being “outside” means agonising death by suffocation? Or being eaten by one of the other family pets? Or being squished by a size 10 Rockport? Such is life for the poor occupants of Silo 18.

I don’t really think I would cast this book in the pile I r
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
Melania 🍒
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

The first installment only had 50 pages so maybe that’s why it seems that almost the whole book erased from my memory as soon as I’ve finished it. Maybe. The premise was interesting enough for me to keep the second book on my TBR but I’m definitely not expecting huge things from this series.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This short little novella is a quick read with a steady build up of suspense. I audibly gasped a few times at the turns it took. I look forward to the rest of the series.
❤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 19, 2012 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. ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, other-worlds
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 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 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great short start into the series of short stories and novellas. Sometimes, I never know what I'm in the mood for until it hits me over the head, and Hugh Howey didn't use a piece of wool. Unless that piece of wool had a little something extra hid inside it, of course. Getting into the rest now. :)

Update: I read it again and still enjoy it. It is perhaps better in hindsight. :)
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