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Wool

November 4, 2012

I bought Wool (the Omnibus edition, containing books 1 through 5) by Hugh Howey on the recommendation of a colleague at work. The premise, as he explained it, was intriguing: thousands of people live in a silo over 100 levels deep in the earth, their only view of the world outside relayed from cameras aboveground. The cameras show a blasted world where nothing remains alive. The people are trapped in a sense, but they can also leave at any time: all they have to do is express the desire to leave the silo and they are sent outside. But once they leave, they can’t return, and everyone sent outside appears to die on the surface not far from the silo. But first, every person sent outside cleans the camera lenses. No one is quite sure why; even people sent outside who vow not to clean the lenses do so.

That hook was enough to get me started, and the books themselves turned out to be extremely entertaining. I later learned that Howey directly published the first book himself on Amazon, and readers and reviewers were enthusiastic enough that he kept going. Since then he received a book deal for the Omnibus edition, it made it onto the New York Times best seller list, and he’s apparently sold the movie rights to 20th Century Fox. Not bad for someone who published Book 1 as a short story on his own.

Howey has published Book 6, a prequel to Books 1-5 on Amazon, and according to his website he’s using NaNoWriMo to work on the next books. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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