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June 26, 2013

WOOL by Hugh Howey


Wool                                      5 STARS

by Hugh Howey


AN EPIC STORY OF SURVIVAL AGAINST ALL ODDS


OVERVIEW:  (FROM AMAZON)

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.

The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.

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 thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

REVIEW:
The author, Mr. Howey, ha created something amazing. He has developed characters that you can relate to and believe.  The story has a plot that develops into a superior sci-fi- read.  The author puts you right there with the characters, right in that silo right from the beginning.  You could feel the raw emotion of the characters. I actually felt rather dizzy and weary from going through the silo. The suspense begins to build and the pages turn as fast as your can read them.  I wanted to know all.  This book just couldn't be put down.  I was totally amazed how there were over 100 floors in an underground bunker where some people were living.  The punishment, for even mentioning the outside or wanting any changes ,was sent for Cleaning. The condemned cleans the windows outside so they can see the world outside. The world outside is so toxic it's deadly.  Quite a punishment for talking abut the outside.  But in the situation they were in, there had to be rules, even harsh rules. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.  This is an outstanding read and I don't even like sci-fi much.. This read is more like reality.  You can  imagine this happening.  Where would you want to be if the outside air was toxic?  This story is terrifying and yet you can't let it go.  You must read on.

I would rate this book 5 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of WOOL penned by Hugh Howey from NightOwlReviews for this unbiased review.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Biography

Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!

Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph

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