“They live beneath the earth in a prison of their own making. There is a view of the outside world, a spoiled and rotten world, their forefathers left behind. But this view fades over time, ruined by the toxic airs that kill any who brave them.
So they leave it to the criminals, those who break the rules, and who are sent to cleaning. Why do they do it, these people condemned to death? Sheriff Holston has always wondered. Now he is about to find out.”
So goes the blurb for ‘Wool’, Hugh Howey’s phenomenal success story.
It’s a self-published success that’s now been picked up by 20th Century Fox for filming. Which is nice.
Who’s directing? Ridley Scott. Who’s writing the script? Steve Zaillian.
Holy. Friggin’. Hell.
If you’re a Sci Fi fan, this is the Sci Fi stuff that Sci Fi dreams are made of.
This, after a ‘fierce bidding war’, which in Hollywood translates into ‘bags of cash’.
If you’re a fan of ‘Wool’ all the way to ‘Wool 5′ then this stratospheric success comes as no surprise. If you’ve never heard of ‘Wool’, well, welcome to the party, and please queue up for your copy on the left.
Wool has become a word-of-mouth sensation since the author self-published on Amazon.com, garnering over 600 five-star reviews and selling over 140,000 copies on the Kindle e-book in just under six months.
Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. It wasn’t until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures, rather than literal ones. Hugh also wrote and self-published his first young adult novel, Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, which also has a keen fan base.
For more, check out: http://www.hughhowey.com/