Review: Wool by Hugh Howey

February 20, 2013 5 Stars, Dystopia, Hugh Howey, Science Fiction 2 ★★★★

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
Series: Wool
Published by Broad Reach Publishing on January 25, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Pages: 509
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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.

“I’m coming for you. I’m coming home, and I’m coming to clean.”

I got goosebumps (the good kind!) when I read those words at the end of Book 4. If you’ve read “Wool”, you know the speaker is NOT talking about vacuuming. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for??

I first learned of “Wool” when I read on an entertainment news site that Ridley Scott had purchased the movie rights to a self-published book by a largely unknown author. I checked it out on Amazon and saw all of the fantastic reviews. I’m partial to post-apocalyptic novels, so this was a no-brainer. I was hooked by the end of the brief first book, wondering what had driven Allison and Holston to their fates. And when Juliette’s story kicked into high gear, I couldn’t stop reading until the end.

Keeping my fingers crossed that a movie will come to fruition!  You can read updates on the movie’s progress here.

Review posted at Goodreads and Amazon


2 Responses to “Review: Wool by Hugh Howey”

  1. Gin Bryant

    I’ve been going back and forth over this one for a while – it’s still sitting on my wish list – but you convinced me to go grab it now. 🙂 Post-apocalyptic is one of my favorite genre’s too.

    Thanks for the great review!

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