Wool omnibus

This is a unique series, since it started as about a 45 page short story that has spawned 6 books and counting. (hopefully many more to come). That’s about 45 pages according to my tablet I read it on, minus the table of contents and things like that. It may not be a completely accurate number, but close enough to give you the idea.

 

My mother thought the 1st book was somewhat slow moving. perhaps because I read it to her around 11pm and she was tired, but I find the book to be very intriguing from the opening sentence. I don’t think it’s fair to call it slow moving. I’d say it’s just the right amount of slow (if you can call masterfully building up to the end, “slow”) for a book that short, before it quickly becomes the most gripping story I’ve ever read, and in only 45 or so pages. The end itself left an impression on me few books of 400+ pages are capable of. I cannot recommend the 1st book enough. I single out the first book because once you read it, you WILL read the rest.

 

I can’t explain how the story changes from the 1st book to the 2nd without giving massive spoilers, so suffice to say, the story, as it progresses from book to book tells an amazing and mysterious story, with fantastic plot and character development.  An interesting and unique world, best summed up by the author’s description on amazon.com:

“This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. 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 profess to want: They are allowed outside.”  -Book description from Amazon.com

 

The 4th book was fantastic. So many mixed feelings, so many intense moments. My curiosity constantly tormented, my attachment to characters constantly threatened.

 

I just recently finished the 5th book, and it was fantastic. Perfect in length (though I always want more, and wish they never ended). Perfect in plot progression. It’s not over the top, and it’s not too slow. It’s a perfect spacing out of a wonderful story that keeps you entertained throughout, without resorting to cheap thrills or useless filler. This book is not 1 page too short nor 1 page too long. It’s the perfect amount of story, with a fantastic ending that leaves me hoping for more to Juliette’s story, and the future of the Silo.

 

The books range in size from about 45 pages to 250 pages of pure story, not counting the forward, table of contents, things like that. Very unique I think, for a series, and yet, it’s perfect. Very easy, light reading, streamlined perfectly across all 5 books.

 

I feel like what I’m about to say seems as ridiculous as saying that a Bazooka Joe comic was more poetic than Hamlet, or that a 1 liner on a Popsicle stick was more insightful than Sun Tzu’s Art of War, but I have to say that the Wool series is the best I’ve ever read, period. Better than The Hunger Games (a trilogy I loved) by a country mile. better Than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. As ridiculous as it seems to say, better than The Wheel of Time series which I idolize. Such an unfair, unjust thing to say, that these few short books are better than some of the greatest works of fantasy ever created, but in my opinion, it’s true for the simple fact that no other series has truly piqued my interest this much, from the very beginning, and to this moment and counting.

 

It’s not fair to compare it to The Wheel of Time, Hunger Games, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or any other book, because they’re so very different, but the bottom line remains: If I could only read one, it would be Wool.

 

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Amazon and pick up the Kindle version of the omnibus for a ridiculously low $5.99. And while you’re at it, head over to author Hugh C. Howey’s  website and check out his other works.

 

I have never been more excited to read a book in my life, and I cannot do this series justice. Read the first book for yourself, and you won’t put it down. It’s so short, it requires minimal time and effort on your part to read one of the best stories I’ve ever read.

 

Rather than break it down from book to book, or various aspects from plot to character development, I will keep this simple.

Overall rating of all 5 books: 10/10

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7 Comments on “Wool omnibus”

  1. Janyaa Says:

    I completely agree with you! This book is the best I’ve read in a long time. Once I finished Wool, I read Howey’s Molly Fyde series (The Bern Saga.) If you like Wool, you might wanna check it out. It was equally awesome. 🙂

    I’ve also written a review on Wool. http://janyaascrapbook.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/wool-omnibus-edition-1-5-by-hugh-howey/

    You can find a review of the first Molly Fyde on my blog, as well!

    Cheers,
    Janyaa

    • enpfhy Says:

      Wow, your review of Wool is about a thousand times better written and more detailed than mine (I suck at this). Yours is very well done, and of course I couldn’t agree with it more.

      That 1 review alone really gives me so much to think about in writing my little reviews. They seem to be lacking so much after reading yours.

      I haven’t yet read your review of the Molly Fyde series, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited about reading that series.

      I’m curious how you even found my blog. Nobody knows it exists, so I was pleasantly surprised to see your comments.

  2. Janyaa Says:

    Oh, geez! Thanks for the kind words. Actually, I’m still new at review writing, too. Some of the reviews I read on Goodreads just blow me away!

    As far as finding your blog, (mine is new and never gets traffic, either…) Hugh Howey has a Facebook page and he linked to your Wool review this morning. How exciting is that?! I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a jump in traffic for today.

    🙂
    Janyaa

    P.S. I subscribed to your blog, so I’ll definitely come back and leave comment love on your posts!

    • enpfhy Says:

      That is AWESOME! What a cool guy he is. makes it even easier to love his work.

      I also subscribed to your blog. I think your reviews are very well written, and I will not only enjoy them, but learn from them.

      Unfortunately for you what you’ll probably see a lot of in the future is stupid PC game reviews 😀 That’s probably when I’ll lose you 😀

      Well anyways, thanks for being the first (and only) person to comment on my blog so far. That was a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

  3. Janyaa Says:

    Actually, I’m a bit of a gamer, myself. I played WoW for over five years before quitting last year. I have Stargate, Civ V and Skyrim (which ROCKS!) installed on my computer right now.

    My problem is that I get totally sucked into gaming to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. I haven’t mastered the art of moderate gaming, yet.

    • enpfhy Says:

      I never played WoW myself. I played Ragnarok online off and on for years, but mostly I’m a Steam/Valve fanboy.

      I have 182 games on Steam, several of which I can’t recommend highly enough, and others I would strongly warn against, and even if nobody reads it, I really want to get those thoughts out.


  4. […] Howey (the very same author that I had been recommending to my barista friend) posted a link to Enphy’s blog review of his Wool book. I happily followed the link and found that we had both been equally impressed […]


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