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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published eBook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.

In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.

A New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller, as well as Kindle Book Review’s 2012 Indie Book of the Year, the self-published eBook blockbuster Wool will now be available in paperback from Simon & Schuster.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 528 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476733951 | 
  • March 2013
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Wool, The Next Great Sci-Fi Saga

Hugh Howey discusses the story behind Wool “The next great sci-fi saga”

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The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do. While they thundered about frantically above, Holston took his time, each step methodical and ponderous, as he wound his way around and around the spiral staircase, old boots ringing out on metal treads.

The treads, like his father’s boots, showed signs of wear. Paint clung to them in feeble chips, mostly in the corners and undersides, where they were safe. Traffic elsewhere on the staircase sent dust shivering off in small clouds. Holston could feel the vibrations in the railing, which was worn down to the... see more

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Wool includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Hugh Howey. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


In the world of Wool, humans live deep underground in enormous silos underground, hundreds of stories deep. The landscape surrounding the silo is destroyed, the air outside toxic. The men and women live in a community full of rules and regulations they believe are designed to keep them safe from the harsh world outside, and from each other. Under these rules, romantic relationships must never be secret, the size of the population is strictly controlled, and certain topics, like going outside, can never, ever, be discussed. When Sherriff Holston asks to go outside, his punishment is having that very wish granted, and he is sent into the deadly outside world. His fateful decisions trigger a series of events that reshapes the entire silo, and his successor, Juliette, must grapple with the collapse of her world and a series of revelations that will change everything she thought she knew.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1.Wool follows several characters over the course of its five sections, with Sheriff Ho see more



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