Book Review: Wool by Hugh Howey


Wool by Hugh Howey
Amulet Books (ebook), 2013
258 Pages

Author Website

Amazon (UK)

What It’s About
This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume.

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

WOOL is the first novel in the bestselling Silo series that also includes SHIFT and DUST.

Opening Paragraph
The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. While they thundered about frantically above, Holston took his time, each step methodical and ponderous, as he wound his way around the spiral staircase, old boots ringing out on metal treads (HOLSTON)

What I Thought
I loved Wool, absolutely loved it. I’m a fan of dystopian fiction. I’ve read quite a lot of it recently and Wool is among the best. I’ve never read Hugh Howey before. I definitely want to read more of this author.

I really liked this. It was a strong start to the series. I liked the tension and suspense and the fact that you’re given so little information about what’s going on. I found the ending quite shocking.

I liked how this novella developed the world inside the Silo a lot more. Much more information is given and you get a better idea about the characters. I liked the sense of place and the dark turn towards the end.

Wow! Can I just say – wow! Things really pick up in this novella. The Silo’s dark secrets are revealed. I loved every word.

This was favourite novella. All of threads of the previous novellas come together. I thought all the turn the story took and the shocking, sad and always surprising revelations blew me away. Just when you think you have something figured out, events go in a completely different direction.

This was a brilliant end to a brilliant book. The surprises just kept coming and coming, right until the end. I liked the optimistic ending after all the drama and crisis.

Wool is an excellent example of dystopian fiction and I’d highly recommend it. I can’t wait to read Shift and Dust.




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