Fighting Friday: Wool

Posted 6 December, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Fighting Friday: WoolWool Omnibus by Hugh Howey
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 25th 2012
Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction
Pages: 550

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.

This was my second time reading this book, I picked it up again because I found out there were two more in the series. Make sure that you’re clear on remembering this one before you pick up Shift

I still stand by my first review that the end of the first novella, the one simply entitled, Wool is so final, so powerful at the end that it really would have made an extraordinary standalone. 

But, everyone (including me) loves a franchise, so let’s get to it.

The characters are well done and the world building is extraordinary. Howey does an awesome job at revealing what is happening in this dystopian society little by little, which really helps to keep the reader engaged in the story and with the characters. It had been long enough since I had read this that I didn’t remember exactly what happened in the story so even though this was a reread I had some surprises. 

Overall – extraordinarily entertaining, but nothing deep or important.

I’ve heard there’s been a movie option purchased from Howey by one of the big studios. I would totally go to that movie. 


April @ The Steadfast Reader


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