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An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.

An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

Reviews

Wool is ace and YAY it’s a trilogy.

Stuff magazine

I picked the serious up after the publication of Wool and Shift, and found myself counting the days until Dust came out in October.

Observer

A thrilling sci-fi novel, equally adept at world-building, pulling the rug out from under its readers, and commenting in classic sci-fi fashion on our own present day.

The Slate

I picked the serious up after the publication of Wool and Shift, and found myself counting the days until Dust came out in October.

Observer

A thrilling sci-fi novel, equally adept at world-building, pulling the rug out from under its readers, and commenting in classic sci-fi fashion on our own present day.

The Slate

The massive underground hit ... Just don’t read it in the dark.

Sunday Telegraph

Frightening yet completely believable ... I can't wait to see how Howey develops Wool into his prequel and sequel.

Sunday Express

Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget.

SJ Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

A small and zippy vehicle with impressive narrative force...[Howey’s] plot twists like a thrashing serpent in a fisherman’s net.

Sunday Business Post

With Wool Hugh Howey has created a new science fiction classic! The riveting storyline and detailed prose sucks you in immediately and makes you feel like you're right there in the silo with his characters. But unlike them, you'll be in no hurry to leave.

Ernie Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One

The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, ‘Wow,’ when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool.

Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

In Wool, Hugh Howey delivers the key elements of great science fiction: an authentic and detailed future-world; realistic, relatable characters to live in it; and a taut, thoughtful story. Howey’s supple, muscular writing is the icing on the cake.

Jonathan Hayes, author of Precious Blood

Written in a warm style that never attempts to get too clever, this is the kind of terrific read that's both respectful towards and transcendent of its own genre.

Sydney Morning Herald

The other reason to have an early night. A must-read.

Glamour

If I read anything better in 2013 in any genre I’ll be very, very surprised.

Rick Oâ??Shea

Wool is incredible ... the best science fiction series I've read in years.

Douglas Preston

Perhaps the biggest commercial hit so far to have started life as a self-published e-book.

A N Wilson, Reader's Digest

A compulsive, accessible journey into a sharply realised and well-crafter dystopian world.

SFX

A warm old-fashioned sort of yarn

The Sunday Times

I took a chance on Wool, and found myself engrossed.

Huffington Post

This is one of those rare occasions where not only does the book live up to the hype, it exceeds it.

Bit the Book Blog, Australia

One of the most hotly-anticipated books of 2013.

Irish Times

Thrilling, thought-provoking and memorable ... one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World.

Daily Express

Wool started life as a skilful, bleak, short story. Its premise and the dexterity with which Howey pulled it off drew him readers from outside the genre.

Culture, Sunday Times

It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much as this.

Joanne Harris

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099580485

    June 3, 2013

    Arrow

    576 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
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    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781780891248

    December 3, 2012

    Century

    576 pages

    RRP $24.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781448150205

    June 7, 2012

    Cornerstone Digital

    576 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Also by Hugh Howey

Sand Part 1: The Belt of the Buried Gods
Sand Part 5: A Rap Upon Heaven’s Gate
Sand Part 4: Thunder Due East
Sand Part 3: Return to Danver
Sand Part 2: Out of No Man’s Land
The Wool Trilogy
Sand
Dust
Shift
Second Shift: Order
First Shift: Legacy

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Bullseye
Best Laid Plans
The Golden House
The Thirst
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North