A good story. There is a fair amount of "deep thinking" and attempts (or at least it feels like an attempt) to make the listener/reader consider parallels with our own perceptions of our current world. A novel idea. Whilst lots of "thinking", the pace is still ok.
Enjoyed it, but not sure how much scope there is for more story in the rest of the trilogy. Not disappointed I listened to it, but don't think it's held me sufficiently to purchase parts 2 & 3.
"Brilliant and unexpected !"
Yes. There may be other books on this theme, but I haven't read them, and this was a fresh story line with many unexpected twists.
The bleak horror of what humans are capable of, balanced by the human and positive characters, that are fighting again it. Juliet does seem to have a charmed life, but it doesn't detract from the good story. This enclosed world is brilliantly depicted.
Oddly, and I think this is a tribute to Susannah's narrating, I just remember the story and not being able to stop listening. It kept me up late several nights I was so keen to know the end.
What humans are capable of !
"Fantastic - a real dystopia you can get behind."
“It turned out that some crooked things looked even worse when straightened. Some tangled knots only made sense once unraveled.”
Wool presents a world that is scary in its familiarity. The situation is so alien, but the characters are so alive. In far-future worlds it can be difficult to empathise with the characters but Hugh Howey's are so human. There are parts that are absolutely terrifying and I was completely submerged in his world. The plot twists and turns, the characters grow, fight, give-up, fail, and succeed, and you fear for them as they do. I felt like I was a part of the silo.
Like We by Yevgeny Zamyatin this is a dystopia where the majority of souls exist in an [illusion of?] happiness. The enemy is always human, and best intentions can create the worst of the horrors. The reader is pleasant to listen to and the pacing of both the audio and the novel is excellent.
I think the author has a wonderful understanding of what makes us tick and uses his understanding to both bring hope and crushing devastation. And I will always have a place in my heart for Juilette and Lukas.
"SCIENCE FICTION WITH BELLS ON"
I took a chance on this tittle after a favourable review in the times, this was a home publish project that took off in a big way. I loved it from the first chapter ,there were so many permutations and I could see why it had so many re writes.
Susannah Harker's narration was calm and totally fitting to the book.
Just getting into the second book 'shift ',I feel a film coming on.
"I wanted more"
Great story, very well written and narrated. It was a bit different from my usual books but very glad I chose it. My only problem was the ending - the last chapter left a lot unanswered - just hoping that this is because there's a second book!?
"DIdn't deliver for me"
I realize that many others have enjoyed this book, but I forced myself to finish it just to see how it ended. The characters didn't come to life so I didn't really care what happened to them and found it difficult to remember who was whom. There is too much boring detail about life in the dystopian world spent imprisoned in silos. The narrator did a valiant job but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the book.
"Remove the Wool from your eyes and read this book!"
I would say in my case, that the audio adds to the experience of this book.
The harsh landscapes and psychology is reminiscent of Frank Herbert's Dune somewhat. There is a sense of Brave New World about it, the place they end up in that book at the end, is a bit like the Silo's in Wool.
Very clear reading, easy to follow, nice tone to match the tone of the story.
I definitely felt on the side of the protagonists. Juliette, Lukas, Walker, Holston and a few others. And some of the tragic moments and happy moments were quite engaging.
This is Dystopian fiction for adults. There is plenty of action and drama, but there is also a good intellectual appreciation to make the whole setting frighteningly realistic and really make you stop and think just how rarely maintaining social order and appreciation of truth come together.
"Started with Wool"
And then I just had to download the others. It's a great series, the momentum and pace are kept up well throughout.
I bought this to listen to while I do my work as a housekeeper. I work alone and the days can really drag but I found the day flew by while listening to this. The story is great and far better written than many dystopian trilogies of late.
I really liked Susannah Harker's narration which was good because I'm new to audio books and the last (first) one I listened to was a bit irritating.
"There's a story here but you have to work for it."
I don't think I'd try the author again but the naration was wonderful.
This needs a big black marker taken to it, there's a story here but there's so much pointless detail and treading water. It could be half the length and a much better book.
I did hang in there and get to the end, the last couple of hours were pretty good.
The story is wrapped up nicely, and although this is a trilogy I won't be bothering with any more in the series. I just don't really care what happens to any of the characters - getting to the end of a book this long and having no emotional investment is really disappointing.