Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review: Wool (Omnibus) by Hugh Howey

On the jacket: 

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 am not a dystopian fan, to begin with and this was my first read of this kind! The first part of the book was a self-publication (through Amazon) which gained so much success that Howey signed distribution rights for the next four books. Wool is known to be a phenomenon amongst dystopian fiction, now.

Wool is about a settlement deep inside the earth. This came into existence because the air in the outer world, the air that we breathe had become poisonous. It's called a Silo and it is an entore world down there; with people doing different jobs just as we are here. We follow their lives as we read, specially Juliet's. They can see the outside world through video screens. The political scenario inside the Silo is poisonous.

I have never read this genre, but with Wool I am a fan. The title of the book still doesn't make any sense to me, maybe I am missing something. But the author's craft is commendable. The books, all 5 of them are highly interesting and outstanding reads. This book is capable of wow-ing you from page 1.

Rating: *****/5 

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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