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Wool by Hugh Howey
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Feb 19, 2012

it was amazing

One hundred and fifty years ago, there was an uprising. Holston and everyone else who lives in the silos have only heard legends about their ancestors who once lived life outside, where the sky is rumored to be blue, not gray; the grass is rumored to be green, not brown. The only way they can see the outside world is through the cameras that are cleaned of the supposedly poisonous particles smeared onto them by the condemned.

Three years ago, Holston's wife Allison discovered deleted programs that suggested the misinformation their own people had been giving to them for years. Eventually broken, she committed the most heinous crime in the silo: She demanded to go outside. Now Holston has committed the same offense.

Howey's "Wool" is one of the best short stories I have read in years.
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