Five Wool books, one volume.
Wool originally was a science fiction novella by indie author Hugh Howey. Wool Omnibus Edition collects the first five of the Wool stories, and presents them as a complete novel at about 530 pages. The collection was very well received and became a best seller in the early days of digital books. It has been available since 2012, when it won Amazon’s Best Indie Book Award. As of this writing it is still in the top Amazon 1,000 or so best selling books, with an astonishing 13,500 reviews and an overall reader rating of 4.6/5 stars.
To say that Wool has been a juggernaut in the indie science fiction arena would be an understatement. It has been read and reviewed by such tradpub luminaries as Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series), Ernie Cline (Ready Player One), Kathy Reichs (Bones), and more. Rumors of a movie in the works persist, perhaps with some of the people who work on the Marvel films.
So what’s it all about? Set in a grim, post-apocalyptic future, Wool focuses on the lives of characters who live in a giant underground silo. With strong memes hearkening back to the old masters like Nivens and Pournelle, Howey explores the political and psychological nature of this world, poking and prodding and testing the weak spots. Readers follow along as more of the world and its past gradually unfold along with the drama.
This is a deeply satisfying book to read, which explains why it has persisted in popularity and become something of a modern classic. If you have not yet read Wool, pick up the omnibus today. It will suck you into the Silo universe, and you will enjoy every minute.
Categories: Science Fiction / Fantasy