Wool

Wool

Large Print - 2013
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In a ruined and toxic landscape, within a giant underground silo hundreds of stories deep, lives a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Then Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo's rules for years, breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside. His decision unleashes a drastic series of events. His unlikely replacement - Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, is about to learn how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about: Uprising.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ́Ư2012.
ISBN: 9781410460370
Branch Call Number: LT F HOW
Characteristics: 791 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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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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velowallah
Oct 07, 2018

Someone who doesn't know anything about sci-fi recommended this book to me, knowing I love the genre, especially the hard sci-fi. This is barely sci-fi though, more of a political dystopian murder mystery. Unfortunately, even in that genre, I found it very predictable and simplistic. Whatever you think is happening in the mise en scene, well, that's pretty much exactly what's going to happen. I couldn't tell whether this book was aimed for teenagers. Even then, series like Harry Potter or books by Philip Pullman are vastly more sophisticated. And the writing is mediocre, even cringe-worthy at times.

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hendrikhols
Aug 07, 2018

Rip off from Philip K. Dick's novel "The Penultimate Truth".. which is about a society of people in a post holocaust world living underground in a highly regimented order. Where the protagonist tries to have a look outside.

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7mary7
Jun 23, 2018

I gave this work a "one", because it is unfinished, and admittedly so, by the author. Perhaps I read the wrong version? I downloaded a library copy to my tablet, then also checked out the hard copy, just to be sure I had not missed something. I missed something...an ending.

PimaLib_ChristineR Sep 14, 2017

I started reading this series individually but by the time i got to the third novella and was chewing them up so quickly, I was thrilled to see this collection of all five stories. Howey is an amazing new voice (in the wilderness?). Wool is less sci-fi and more dystopian than I had originally been led to believe, but if you're a sci-fi fan, don't let that stop you. Like all truly great stories, Wool comes down to the people. Set in a future we see as horrific, the people of the silo find their world normal, and to some extent comfortable. In some ways, Wool is more of a murder mystery. Early on, we know there are secrets someone is trying to keep. Further in, it's obvious who the bad guy is, but the motives are still unclear. Finally in the last two sections, the pieces come together even as lives begin to unravel. The shift from the individual to the whole pulls the reader in until, like the characters, at the end we find ourselves breathless and exhausted in our concern for the outcome. Without such well-written characters none of the tension would have touched the reader. I can't wait to see what Howey has up his sleeve next.

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rfoster7
Sep 06, 2017

Well written novel that, I gather, started out as a number of short stories or novellas. Howly has a readable, verbose style and has built a fantastically detailed and fascinating world filled with realistic and well-written characters. Only complaint/comment is that the justification for the "big secret" and how it manipulated generations of people into odd action is flimsy and hard to buy into. The last hundred pages or so felt rushed but it could have been the suspence building toward conclusion that made it feel that way. I would definitely read more in this series if more get written.

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