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Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) (Silo #1)

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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. Thes
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Paperback, First Edition, 563 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Century (Random House) (first published January 25th 2012)
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Cass
There are two stupid things about this book, neither have to do with the writing. The writing is good, the story is original, I highly recommend this book.

Let's address the stupid things.
The name is stupid. It is like a garage band was after a clever name. There are no sheep in this book, there is no wool in this book. There is one tiny insignificant piece where a character is knitting but she isn't even using wool, she knits with cotton. Given the subtitles are all knitting related (unravel,
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Nataliya
This is the review for the entire Wool pentalogy (my new favorite word, btw). Wool introduces us to a postapocalyptic world where survivors of whatever disaster that made the outside uninhabitable huddle underground in a giant "silo" that houses hundreds of people. As we can predict, the disaster was man-made (*). (view spoiler)
(*) "You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn
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Carol.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dystopia fans, revolutionaries, thoughtful fantasists
Forget Wool. This should have been called Forge.
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Writing that's a power-punch to the gut. Direct, slow build of heat, singeing as it suddenly roars into flame. A world that feels solid, heavy, hard-edged, soldered with characters that are heated and molded into something new. This isn't knitting a scarf so much as forging a steel chain.

I absolutely love the character of Juliette, determined, essentially elemental, a person that rocks my character world. I love how all her metaphors are mechanical
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Maciek
I don't get the hype.

If you'd judge a book by its rating on Goodreads and Amazon, you should consider Wool to be a science fiction miracle - the vast majority of Goodreaders gave it 5 stars, and on Amazon it currently holds an astonishing 3,740 five star reviews - with new ones appearing every day. Wool seems to be a prodigious child of a next Asimov or Heinlein, destined to last for decades and inspire generations of readers and writers.

What's even more interesting is that Wool began its life
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Michael Finocchiaro
Admittedly, this is not my genre, but someone on GR strongly suggested it (who?) and I just finished it. Wool is the first volume of a trilogy (apparently, the 2nd volume is a prequel and the 3rd is the sequel to the first.) The plot is interesting, dystopian future with humans living inside because we destroyed the environment outside (you listening Mr Pruitt?). The character development is a bit thin, folks are pretty much black and white (although one gets the impression that all the characte ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Good story, but OMG, did we REALLY need 500 pages to tell it?! So much of the "story" is just Juliette spending chapters getting into and out of clothes and airlocks, it was about ready to drive me nuts. Could be a superb story minus about 200 pages.

And because of that, it's doubtful I'll pursue the rest of the series. There's a good internet saying for this:

tl;dr

Too long; didn't read

Sums up how I feel pretty well.

Full Review:

It is some unspecified time in the future; people live i
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Gary
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Trudi

Outstanding!

WOOL began its life as a self-published short novella in July of 2011. That's hard to believe. I feel like I've been hearing about this thing for ages and ages.

So I'm late to the party, but not that late. Due to excited reader response over WOOL 1, author Hugh Howey quickly released the next four parts in the series. Then came along this Omnibus which collects Parts 1-5. There is now a 2013 edition with a great new cover that features a blurb by none other than Justin Cronin, author
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Arah-Lynda
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arah-Lynda by: Arah-Leah Hay
Shelves: top, i-said
Hugh Howey paints a world, or what is left of one post apocalypse, with an eye for detail that is easily visualized; one that you can descend into and inhabit.

This is epic storytelling, told with a taut hand on the tiller, controlling the pace and direction, allowing the reader to uncover truths together with the many, care worthy, relatable characters that populate this place. I blinked a couple of times and found myself entrenched in this world. And it all seems so effortless, the narrative fl
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Dan Schwent
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, lendable
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Kemper
A bunch of people live in an underground community and those who break the rules are cruelly expelled to their doom? Reality TV producers have to be kicking themselves for not coming up with this idea themselves.

At an undetermined time in the future, the people of the Silo have lived for generations with only a few dusty camera views to show them the world above ground. After the sheriff steps down from his post in rather dramatic fashion, the mayor and a deputy determine that a mechanic named J
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Matthew
This book is an excellent and unique take on a post-apocalyptic earth. Recently, literature has been saturated with post-apocalyptic stories and sometimes it is hard to find something that is fresh . . . something that doesn't feel like it has already been done before. Everything about this book was suspenseful and interesting - no boredom of rehashed ideas/concepts/storylines for me.

Another cool thing about it is the book is divided into little novellas which kind of refresh the story every 50
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Wool Omnibus (Silo #1), Hugh Howey
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ژانویه سال 2017 میلادی
عنوان: پشم (سراب)؛ نویسنده: هیو هاوی؛ مترجم: آیدا کشوری؛ ویراستار: نیما کهندانی؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1393، در 684 ص؛ از سه گانه سیلو کتاب اول؛ شابک دوره: 9786006225531؛ شابک کتاب اول: 9786006225548؛
Lyn
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wool, by Hugh Howey is reminiscent of Robert Silverberg’s Time of the Great Freeze or Philip K. Dick's The Penultimate Truth with a population living underground following a climate-changing catastrophe.

The Wool Omnibus is actually a collection of five novellas connecting the action, a serialization of an ongoing storyline. The setting reminds me of the Zion population in the Wachowski Matrix films, an isolated, encased and quarantined populace. I found the narration mainly good, sometimes very
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Veronica Belmont
Some books take a while to dig into. The first few chapters set up the story, introduce you to the main characters and build a framework for the tale to come.

Wool sets up the story too, but in a heartbreaking and gripping way that has you consuming the book as quickly as possible, if only to learn the answer to: "that's not really about to happen, is it?"

There are moments in Wool when I wondered if maybe the book was too dark. I mourned for characters and didn't know how they would possibly get
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Lori
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reminded me of The City of Ember and a lot of other similar shows and books. I think IT and Engineering would be evenly matched adversaries for power in the silos. Even if they cycled with a history as often as the moties, control over the energy, food, and water should balance out any control that IT had.

That being said I really like Juliette.
Dem
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dem by: Book club read
I enjoy Post apocalyptic Stories every now and again and as this book had been getting rave reviews I had to give it a go.

The idea is really interesting, "This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very th
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Kaila
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is going to end up being one of those books I force on all my friends, insisting that they read it immediately. I loved it and can't wait for more.

Please see my full reviews of the stories:

Wool 1
Wool 2: Proper Gauge
Wool 3: Casting Off
Wool 4: The Unraveling
Wool 5: The Stranded

Now go read this! You won't regret it!

Update May 13, 2012:

Hugh Howey has announced over on his blog that his self-published book Wool has been acquired by Fox! I couldn't be happier for him, and I am so excited for the
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Forrest
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I read this, I . . . er . . . siloed myself off from other reviews. Now that I'm finished, I'm glad I did. The sense of claustrophobia and restrained liberty was complete, as a result. But I'm a middle class American living a life of relative freedom when compared to most of the world today, and definitely when compared to the world of Wool. There were times, many times, when I had to remind myself to breathe! This is the amazing thing about the book - the way it captures you and slyly le ...more
Leila
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this a few years ago and as I remember I enjoyed it very much.
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The basic premise: mankind has devastated the surface of the world, leaving ruined cities, endless wasteland and a toxic atmosphere. The only survivors live in an underground silo, a closed society with a mayor, a sheriff, and a shadowy IT department that seems to control everything, including the population's understanding of reality outside the silo. Cameras offer a glimpse of the outside world on monitors throughout the silo, letting the inhabitants see the sunrise over the wasteland and all ...more
Irene△⃒⃘
4.7/5 ∼ ITA/ENG (NOW ADDED)

“Venivamo al mondo come Ombre e, dopo averne originata una a nostra volta, ce ne andiamo. Possiamo sperare solo di essere ricordati dalle generazioni a venire.”


Più penso a questo libro e più mi redo conto di quanto mi sia piaciuto!
Ecco perchè il mio voto si è alzato e ho portato a punteggio pieno la valutazione.

L’idea è veramente originale, mi ha incuriosita sin da subito questo concetto del Silo e di come veniamo a conoscenza che in quel posto ci abita una vera e p
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Clifford Simak
Recommended to Evelina | AvalinahsBooks by: Efka
So. How does one start a review for a book as big as this one..?

Wool feels like the best book I've had in my hands this year. I know it's only April. But I don't feel like I'll read another one like it soon. Books like this you only come across every so often.

All I can think it reminds me of is Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, although that one was more sci-fi, and this one's more dystopian. But the scope, the ideas, the implementation... That's what feels close.

In case you haven't read t
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Damali
Wool tells the story of a group of people living in an underground bunker with over 100 floors. Just talking about what's on the outside, or a desire for any change in their situation is considered treason, and may cause them to be sent for Cleaning. Cleaning is when the condemned person cleans the windows so the people can get a clearer view of the world outside. This series has Twilight Zone written all over it, and I'd be surprised if it doesn't end in a Twllight Zone-type fashion.

Wool One, 4
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 ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
Buddy read with the MacHalo group.

This is a book I have had on my to-read shelf since 2013 and it's another one where I ask myself, "Why did you wait so long?!" It looks like *everyone* has read and reviewed this already. I'll just say it lived up to the hype, in my view.

I think the author did a great job building his world and making the characters come to life. I felt emotionally invested and there was enough thrills and mystery to keep me hanging on every page.

I loved Juliette, the mechanic,
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Stjepan Cobets
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction Post-Apocalyptic fans
With great pleasure, I read this book. From the first page, I was simply drawn into the world of Silos. This dystopian world is also well presented and I felt as I read it is literally in the Silos with numerous underground levels in which people live for hundreds of years. The writer has evoked the world with such ease and enjoyed in this imaginary world through the book. In a hostile world that has destroyed large war, in the huge Silos live last remnants of civilization. At the top of the Sil ...more
Michael
This one grew on me as I went along with successive generations of sheriffs in the silo society coming up against the hidden forces of conspiracy. But my drive to understand the real story behind this post-apocalyptic colony was undermined by the slowness of revelations, their contrived nature, and wooden quality of character portrayals.

I couldn’t suspend disbelief on the lack of communal knowledge about the causes of the apocalypse, why the world outside is so toxic, how the society could make
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Dannii Elle
Wool is such a fascinating and absorbing political sci-fi. Give me the most complex of high fantasy worlds or magic systems and I can navigate them with no problem, but for some reason science fiction can sometimes completely baffle me. Not so here, thankfully! I was completely captivated with this early dystopian novel and chilling insight to the possible future of humanity.
Luffy
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What started as a colorful take on a closeted and dystopian narration with a science fiction bent, ran out of air sooner enough. All the unpredictability which my nourishment craving brain was ready to convert into goodwill, evaporated. The ending turned out to be incomplete, with the promise of more sequels on the way. I don't understand the hype for this book. Conclusion? It's a book not for me, but will find adoption in many a heart. My unfortunate brood is that I saw too much of Tolkien in ...more
Becky
It's past my bedtime, and I have to work in the morning, so I'm going to try to bang out this review quickly. Apologies if, like many of my reviews, it's spastic and rambly and generally sucks.

This book, omnibus, whatever has been on my reading radar for a long time. It's been recommended to me vociferously by one of my real-life-friends who, every time I tell her what I'm reading at the moment, responds with "But have you started Wool yet? No? Tell me when you have." But one of the reasons why
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“He’d only ever seen a gun once, a smaller one on the hip of that old deputy, a gun he’d always figured was more for show. He stuffed a fistful of deadly rounds in his pocket, thinking how each one could end an individual life, and understanding why such things were forbidden. Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one’s conscience to get in the way.” 47 likes
“It turned out that some crooked things looked even worse when straightened. Some tangled knots only made sense once unraveled.” 32 likes
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