Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey @hughhowey | @kurtsprings1 #review #dystopian #sciencefiction


Author: Hugh Howey

Book: Wool Omnibus (Wool 1-5)

Published: April 2013

Publisher: Arrow Books

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: eBook

Rating: Print


The world is a hostile and ruined landscape. The air is poisonous. Life is gone from the world, except for the Silo. Inside the Silo is life. People work in a closed world, full of rules, regulations, and lies. Their highest rules are not to hope or dream, or contaminate others with optimism. The punishment for these is death. If the criminals aren’t murdered, they are sent outside to clean the lenses on the cameras that monitor the outside, then die.

Juliette has done far worse than hope, dream, or show optimism. She has begun to learn the truth, to pierce the lies the keep the Silo running. Now she has to keep it from crashing down around them and destroying those she loves.


Wool Omnibus is a collection of five novellas set in a dystopian world. To be honest, I don’t normally reach for dystopian science fiction. I like works to be a bit more uplifting. Juliette, Jules to her friends, is a strong protagonist, trained as a mechanic who never hesitates to fix that which needs fixing. This makes her a threat to the powerful in the Silo. When the Silo’s sherif volunteers to clean, unable to live without his wife, Jules is tapped as the next Sheriff. Her appointment immediately faces opposition from the powerful IT department. What follows is murder and treachery. Each part of the tale reveals more of the lies and treachery of IT.

The tale is engaging, drawing the reader deeper as one goes along. The pace is slower than I would like, with a great deal of world building. I can’t call it a page turner, but I can say that it is well worth the read.


4 thoughts on “Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey @hughhowey | @kurtsprings1 #review #dystopian #sciencefiction

  1. Hi Kurt,
    I know Debby Kaye. She’s actually become a friend.
    I LOVE dystopian literature to the point my daughter teases me about it.
    Thank you for visiting my site yesterday. I’m glad you enjoyed my expert interview about balancing writing and the rest of our lives. Nice to meet you.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Janice,

    Thanks for the kind word. Debby is a remarkable woman whose survived a great deal.

    While dystopian isn’t my favorite form of science fiction, it does surprise me from time to time.

    A pleasure to meet you.

    Kurt D. Springs

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