Wool

Wool

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In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks to go outside. 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....
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781476735115
1476735115
9781476733951
1476733953
Branch Call Number: HOWEY H
Characteristics: 508 p. ; 22 cm.

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FPL_John Oct 23, 2020

This is a good read for anyone who likes dystopian future settings. I thought the setting was very creative, with a group of people living underground in a silo and the outside world seemingly a toxic wasteland. I also enjoyed the mystery of "what's going to happen next?" Through the whole book I was dying to know what was going on.

ChristchurchTeens Jun 17, 2020

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. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last. The first in a series including Shift (2013)and Dust (2013).

Hillsboro_RobP Jun 09, 2020

An exciting post-apocalyptic novel about a society living in a silo that doesn't know its own history. It relies heavily on tension and twists, so it's guaranteed to pull the reader through late nights of page-turning. You might not be able to put it down.

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suezee
Dec 07, 2019

i WAS cleverly sucked into the story and the characters bit by bit. I like scii-fi and fantasy especially when they are well-written as this one is. Glad its a serial because I really want to know if silo 18 and Juliette can bring back at least a piece of the world they never knew existed and perhaps destroy the hinted-at plotters who poisoned the earth in the first place. Sure it's a variation of some previous work; but honestly how many good or great vampire and zombie novels are there? My answer? Many! A writer who can blend action, characters, anticipation and philosophy into a seamless whole gets my vote every time. Here's hoping the rest of the series lives up to the same standards!

Hillsboro_JeanineM Jul 05, 2019

A "Big Chill' weekend dinner recommendation led me to Hugh Howey's first novel. Wool is about a post-apocalyptic world with societal taboos on certain speech. The people live far below the surface and the knowledge of their past is as deeply buried. Societal balance is maintained through lotteries and ritualized capital punishment called "cleanings". I loved the portrayal of a strong, innovative, hero - Juliette.

IndyPL_SteveB May 11, 2019

One of the most absorbing science fiction novels I have ever read. Just when you start to think, “Okay, I see where this is going,” Howey takes a different path, more clever than you expected. The first big surprise takes place about 50 pages in and jars you into fully paying attention.

Earth, some not-too-distant future. Something has happened to the atmosphere that makes it fatal to step outside. Some remnant of humanity lives in a giant underground silo, 144 or more stories deep. The silo is divided into levels, which include maintenance, farming, medical facilities, IT, law enforcement, etc. It is a full underground city, arranged vertically; or perhaps like a self-contained landlocked starship. There is something odd about the culture, though. One thing that is forbidden is any expression of a desire to go “Outside” or an attempt to upset the order and stability of the community. If you say you want to go Out, your punishment is that you are *sent* outside to provide a “Cleaning.” The trip is invariably fatal.

However, not everything is as it appears. The community is having the “wool” pulled over its eyes – but not in the ways that the reader expects. Several excellent, deeply portrayed main characters keep the reader involved in the story. And the more we find out about the present and the past of the Silo, the more we reexamine what we already thought we had figured out. Impressive.

IndyPL_SteveB May 11, 2019

One of the most absorbing science fiction novels I have ever read. Just when you start to think, “Okay, I see where this is going,” Howey takes a different path, more clever than you expected. The first big surprise takes place about 50 pages in and jars you into fully paying attention.

Earth, some not-too-distant future. Something has happened to the atmosphere that makes it fatal to step outside. Some remnant of humanity lives in a giant underground silo, 144 or more stories deep. The silo is divided into levels, which include maintenance, farming, medical facilities, IT, law enforcement, etc. It is a full underground city, arranged vertically; or perhaps like a self-contained landlocked starship. There is something odd about the culture, though. One thing that is forbidden is any expression of a desire to go “Outside” or an attempt to upset the order and stability of the community. If you say you want to go Out, your punishment is that you are *sent* outside to provide a “Cleaning.” The trip is invariably fatal.

However, not everything is as it appears. The community is having the “wool” pulled over its eyes – but not in the ways that the reader expects. Several excellent, deeply portrayed main characters keep the reader involved in the story. And the more we find out about the present and the past of the Silo, the more we reexamine what we already thought we had figured out. Impressive.

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cdturley
May 08, 2019

The perfect mix of realistic science fiction, post-apocalyptic horror, and political intrigue. Absolute page-turner.

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ryner
Mar 21, 2019

Due to a lethal, uninhabitable natural environment outdoors, all that remains of humanity now lives inside the silo, a 144-level underground community. Series crimes are punishable by being sent to cleaning, whereby the guilty is suited up and sent on a fatal mission outside to clean the silo's external sensors, so that the interior view of the bleak, grey landscape outdoors is once again clear. When Juliette, a worker from Mechanical in the nethermost levels, is tapped to become the silo's newest sheriff, she senses almost instantly that the silo contains many long-held secrets.

Wow, it's been some time since I'd held a page-turner like this in my hands -- one of those books that, during the part of the day when you aren't reading, you're still thinking about it and eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to pick it up again. I would have liked a bit of additional explanation/resolution during the final chapters, but I see now that it is the first in a series. Highly recommended.

multcolib_susannel Jan 14, 2019

A whole society living in an underground silo begin to understand that what they read in children's books as fairy tales, is reality.
Book one in series.

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