Posted on | February 18, 2016 | No Comments
By far this novel is the best self-published sci-fi I’ve ever read. Oh, wait, it’s actually one of the best sci-fi/dystopian novels I’ve ever read (self-published or not), and I’ve read quite a few: Everything from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series and his Robot series, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game and the two sequels, Dan Simmon’s Hyperion and sequels – the latter author introduced to me by a fellow subway traveler, thank you very much! – and many more. So I think I’m a pretty good judge. Wool reminds me most, perhaps, of Cormac McCarthy’s bestseller The Road (2006).
But don’t believe me. There are thousands of people who have purchased Hugh Howey’s novel to the point that he’s making a killing off of his Wool ebooks, the rights to which he refused to cede to Simon & Schuster (Way to go, Hugh!), though he did give them the print version rights. (Their distribution channels are bit better than his.) Anyway, if you haven’t read Wool (1, 2, or 3)*, and you like dystopian fiction, or sci-fi, then start reading. You won’t be able to put it down. Howey creates an amazing and unforgettable world, most of it underground, where the air is cleansed of toxins that have poisoned earth’s air. Need I say more? His characters will draw you in, though be warned, you’ll lose a few of your favorites. Or at least I did. I just bought Wool 4, also known as The Unraveling. I can hardly wait. I am taking it with me to Hawaii and will report back.
P.S.*The title…or rather the 1,2,3 part…refers to the fact that as an ebook you can purchase each one separately…there are three parts that constitute one finished novel. That’s how I bought them, individually. Not sure if they are now available as one purchase or not, but in any case they are very affordable. And even in paperback, you can buy the complete book for as little as $9.51 new and even less used. I know you can purchase it from Amazon, but don’t forget your indie book sellers. Give them your business and tell them I sent you!