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Most Helpful Favorable Review

49 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

Words can't describe how incredible this book is! This is easily

Words can't describe how incredible this book is! This is easily the best book I've read so far this year, and I average about two books per week. Although this was originally a series of short stories, the Omnibus reads like one seamless storyline.

I loved the charact...
Words can't describe how incredible this book is! This is easily the best book I've read so far this year, and I average about two books per week. Although this was originally a series of short stories, the Omnibus reads like one seamless storyline.

I loved the character development in these stories. The people lead whole and fulfilling lives, experience an honest range of emotions (both good and bad,) closely guard secrets in their hearts, and constantly struggle for existence, to make sense of things, to achieve...despite living in a world comprised of only 140 floors.

The world that Hugh Howey has constructed is so vast and rich, it's hard to remember that it's mainly set into the curved walls of a silo. All the systems required to have a functioning society; food production, IT, education, systems maintenance, rules on reproduction, and waste disposal, have been carefully planned out and accounted for. More importantly, the things that flesh out a society; taboos, religion, fears and hopes, the sound of children laughing are also painstakingly crafted by his words.

The silo itself becomes a character. I love how Howey incorporates the stairs into the story. They become a test of will, a graceful arc of hope, or potential for despair. Not only is it the tie that connects the levels together, but it's also the gravity that keeps them apart. A barrier and a link. The very DNA of the silo's civilization.

Just when you think this lovely combination of world-building AND character development couldn't get better, there's the writing. I especially liked how the artist masterfully weaved the metaphor of his title throughout the story. It was the element that could be crafted into a sweater that warms, but just as easily unraveled- like a lie. It's the truth being uncovered when the wool is pulled from one's eyes.

Overall, I can't speak highly enough of this collection of short stories. At the end of the Kindle Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool #1-5) there is an interview with the author. He mentions that there will be more stories told in this world; I'm looking forward to reading all of them!

posted by Janyaa on April 27, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

You'll lose yourself in this book.

My favorite kind of books are the ones where I am lost in the story, and when I put the book down, it takes me a moment to realize where I am. This is one of those books.
I would rate this story among the top books I've read in my life and I am a voracious reader. ...
My favorite kind of books are the ones where I am lost in the story, and when I put the book down, it takes me a moment to realize where I am. This is one of those books.
I would rate this story among the top books I've read in my life and I am a voracious reader.

posted by 9025101 on May 22, 2012

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    1100 pages later...and I was still HUNGRY for more! I can't adm

    1100 pages later...and I was still HUNGRY for more! I can't admit to ever having a 'favorite' anything. This story just won that title, for me. Great job, Howey. Great job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Read this!

    Amazing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    A friend recommended this book and I was hooked very quickly. I

    A friend recommended this book and I was hooked very quickly. I ended up blazing through all five in the series and wanting more. Terrific plot, superb character development.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Loved it

    Great book. Well written and I loved the characters and storyline. This was like a grown up version of Hunger Games. Dying to know if and when I can expect the next series of Wool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Brilliant concept and writing.

    Once you pick this up, you won't be able to stop until you have read all of the books. Then you will crave more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2014

    Great read

    Excellent. Worth the $.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    Love....Love...Love....Great Read...

    I couldn't put this down! It was one of those books you stay up late to read as much as you can. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Outstanding!

    I came to Wool via the six issue comic mini-series. Both are amazing but, of course, the book is better. If you are a fan of the Fallout video game series or end of the world fiction then Wool is right up your alley.

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  • Posted August 28, 2014

    This is one of the best books I have read, and I came across it

    This is one of the best books I have read, and I came across it by accident! This book was just so different and intriguing, I was unable to put it down until I finished. Anyone who is looking for a dystopian read, this is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Fantastic

    I picked this up based on a recommendation from my book club, and was immediately swept up into an engrossing story. Great characters, a complicated but well-executed plot, and elements of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction were enhanced by the author's descriptive yet economical writing style. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Fun

    Really fun! I enjoyed this book very much!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Couldn't put it down!! Read in a week and jumped on getting Shif

    Couldn't put it down!! Read in a week and jumped on getting Shift! Great story of characters and he does a wonder interweaving the story lines! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Best Book Ever

    This book is incredible. Character development, sense of realism, unexpected twists that you can't understand why you didn't see them coming.

    The silo itself becomes a character. At once it connects everyone, but also keeps them seperate.

    I originally borrowed this book from an online library, but I felt that I had to buy it to not only support the author, but I really wanted to have a copy of this for my own.

    A truly remarkable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Awesome

    Simpply put, a must read. A great dystopian series, you will care for these chsracters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Amazing book!

    Randomly stumbled upon this book and I'm so happy I did! I couldn't put it down; highly recommended!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Wonderful surprise!

    So glad I stummbled across this book. Believe the reviews, it was a great read!! Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Very thought provokinh Very thought provoking

    Good scifi deals with what's possible; good mysteries reveal a bit at a time (yet you think "of course!"); and great writing gives you people you care about These books have all three! After reading this, I had ro rush to B&N to get the following books (Shift & Dust)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Loved it, the whole series!

    A must reaf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Loved it!

    I am prolific reader which tends to make me extra critical, but I can say this book (well, books) had all kinds of great going on. The premise is original and characters are interesting and likable. The writing was excellent -perfectly, thoughtful descriptive without bogging down the narrative! Looking forward to reading more about the silos. In fact, I'm off to choose a new Hugh Howey book. Read this one; you won't be disappointed.

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