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Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

I started reading the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey. Despite being named Wool, there is no knitting in it. It's a sci-fi masterpiece that will astound you, even if you don't like sci-fi. The characters are remarkable, real, well-written. The setting is far in the future, and mankind has been living in this Silo for so long that they have forgotten a life outside. To go outside means death. Luckily every now and then someone does something to get a death sentence, and is chosen for cleaning: going outside to clean the cloudy camera lenses to let people up top to see outside. The view worsens from the grimy toxins that constantly blow in the wind.

Wool was originally a series of short stories written, at first, in NaNoWriMo. The series grew; Howey self-published them in Kindle format as well as print. His editing is perfect. The book is selling like hotcakes! People read it, share it, talk about it with their friends, write blog posts about it. Rick Riordan even Tweeted about reading Wool. It's good to finally hear of a self-published author getting the recognition he deserves!

It's interesting that even though Wool has no knitting, the chapters -- the five separate stories that make up the omnibus -- are headed "Wool", "Wool 2: Proper Gauge", "Wool 3: Casting Off", "Wool 4: The Unraveling", and "Wool 5".  

It's a great series, anyway, and I heartily recommend it. I am reading the prologue now, First Shift - Legacy. I think it will set a background for the next short stories in the series. I look forward to finding out what happened!



Strange that a book named wool with such woolly references did talk about a stitch:)

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