Awesome novel!! warning hard to put down once you start. totally engrossing. already purchased the follow up-
SHIFT!! So happy to have read this
Excellent world-building, engaging characters, really well-written. What is real? What is illusion? Who's in charge here?
Unfortunately, the narration is truly awful. When the narrator reads in her natural voice, it is merely unappealing. When she tries to do "voices", it is so grating I could barely stand it. If I hadn't really really liked the story, I'd have dumped it half-way through. I seriously considered spending a credit on the other audio edition to see if that narrator was better.
No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.
I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.
The end was pretty cool.
I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.
Diverted me during long drives, had several unexpected turns despite well worn turf.
Alive, absorbing, acute
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.
I guess I'll have to actually read this one to get the story, couldn't get through chapter 2 before I bailed. Narration reminds me of a 3rd grade teacher reading to class, trying to get them interested with lilting, breathless reading.
As I write this review, there are a lot of reviews for this book, so I may not add anything new, but I couldn't resist to give my two cents.
Some people complained in the reviews why the book titled Wool. I find it appropriate, it refers to the core principle of cleaning the lenses, keep the Silo going.
The characterisation is good, we get enough details and backstory for the main characters, others are drawn with rough lines, but we don't need to know them deeply.
I enjoyed the writing except that it drags time after time. Some scenes were just too long, I had to resist to skip forward.
I had problem with the basic principle of the Silo. People were separated, so they don't conspire against the ones who rule. The fact that it was hard to climb so many steps and the expensiveness of the electronic communication was supposed to do the job. There is logic in it, I admit, but something is just not quite right. People still communicated, word had gotten to places. There were a few other details that annoyed me, for example the lack of elevators. I get that it could have been because of this idea of separating people, but can you imagine how much stuff the porters had to carry up and down? And what about the big, heavy things? And there was also the cleaning. It was all believable that Holston was tricked to clean, but what about the people who wouldn't clean the lenses because they would be angry being cast out. And what about the total jerks, who would broke the cameras out of mere revenge? Surely there would be one or two in a few hundred years. Why not having a cleaning mechanism and use another way of punishment? These simply doesn't add up for me.
Besides that I found the plot compelling, and I enjoyed the action scenes.
I liked the way technical details were presented. The author didn't want to lecture me in engineering or IT, he gave only those details what I needed, without using jargon.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I want to know what happens in Shift and Dust.