Wool is the best book I have read in 2013. I wasn't interested in reading another dystopian novel but a fellow bookseller said "You have to read this! I am not telling you anything else about the story." I am glad she didn't and I am going to tell readers the same thing. You have to read this!
— Justin, Atlanta
I thought I knew where the title came from. Was it because they used wool to clean the lens to the outside or was it because everyone had wool pulled over their eyes? I never figured it out and I guess in the end it doesn’t matter, maybe it’s a little of both. Set in the future, the Earth has been left uninhabitable. The only way to survive is to live underground in a Silo. There is no sunlight and the only view of the earth is through some cameras positioned outside. The only way to keep the camera lens clean is for someone to clean it. In the future punishment for any crime determines that you get put out, oh and while you’re there, clean the lens. This book will grip you from page one, but be forewarned, don’t get too attached to anyone, they are not guaranteed to survive. Our heroine is Juliette, a mechanic turned hero. Follow Jules on her adventures through the silo where all is not what it seems. Any fans of science fiction or dystopian novels will love this series. Jules is a grade A badass!
— Rosa, New Jersey
“One of dystopian fiction’s masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World." —Daily Express
The first book in the acclaimed, New York Times best-selling trilogy, Wool is the story of mankind clawing for survival. The world outside has grown toxic, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. The remnants of humanity live underground in a single silo. 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 want: They are allowed to go outside.
After the previous sheriff leaves the silo in a terrifying ritual, Juliette, a mechanic from the down deep, is suddenly and inexplicably promoted to the head of law enforcement. With newfound power and with little regard for the customs she is supposed to abide, Juliette uncovers hints of a sinister conspiracy. Tugging this thread may uncover the truth ... or it could kill every last human alive.
“Claustrophobic and, at times, genuinely terrifying.” —Washington Post
About the Author
HUGH HOWEY is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Wool, Shift, Dust, Beacon 23, Sand, and Machine Learning. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold more than three million copies worldwide. Wool is currently in development for television at AMC, and Sand is in development at Amazon. Hugh lives aboard Wayfinder, a fifty-foot catamaran that he is sailing around the world.
Praise for Hugh Howey and The Silo Series
“Howey's Wool is an epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world.”—Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage
“Secrets unfold with just the right pacing. . . If you're looking for a good post-apocalyptic read, you can't do much better than Wool.”—Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
“With Wool Hugh Howey has created a new science fiction classic.”—Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One
“Exilharating, intense, addictive.”—S.J. Watson, bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep
“The success of Howey's Wool trilogy was no fluke. This is a superior SF thriller, both slick and gritty."—Financial Times
“Sci-fi’s Underground Hit. . . appeal[s] to both men and women, and has attracted hard-core science fiction fans as well as general readers, much like The Hunger Games.”—The Wall Street Journal