I new this would be good but I was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded my expectation. Some clues I understood early on but the rest had my mind running in circles with nowhere to go. I want to read the rest of the series. I just hope they don't try to top this one. 😉
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.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The title metaphor of Wool is the old saying about pulling the wool over your eyes -- creating a deception to hide one's true intentions. But what I love best about Wool can best be summed up by a different metaphor, the old saying about peeling back the layers of an onion. You have to have some patience when listening to Wool, because things unfold slowly, meticulously.
But your patience pays off -- not necessarily in some great revelation as to why people live in an underground Silo in Wool's dystopian post-apocalyptic future. That revelation is there in the end -- the pulling back of the wool over the eyes of the people in the Silo. But for me, the process is more rewarding than that payoff -- the peeling back of the layers of the onion that exposes more and more about Silo society, as a metaphor for contemporary society, as we progresses to the point where the wool is pulled back from our eyes.
That is probably the natural consequence of the way Wool was conceived and written -- as five separate, interrelated novellas. The end result, in this first omnibus edition that is continued in subsequent volumes, is the story of a society that slowly reveals itself both to the reader as well as to its very own inhabitants (except the one who already knows). The bonus is that it requires strong characterization as a prerequisite to the way the plot affects them.
It's more than a moment, it's all of Book 2, focusing on Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, as they travel down the hundred-plus stories of the Silo on foot and then climb back up, revealing to us how the Silo is structured to house the different levels of its society. It also reveals the relationship between Jahns and Marnes, which is all the more poignant because of the way it ends.
You gotta love Juliette. It seems to be one of the enduring and satisfying memes of dystopion sci-fi that young women are so strong and empowered (as in The Hunger Games and Divergent, and on TV in Revolution). Jules is such a character, particularly striking because she was written by a male author. It helps immensely that this male-authored book is performed by a woman, Amanda Sayle, who reads Wool as meticulously and ponderously as it was written.
Honorable mention to Solo, the lone inhabitant of a neighboring silo who comes out of his shell in Book 5 after Jules finds him in Book 4.
Open Your Eyes!
Despite not knowing how these people wound up in the silo or how they set up their society, it was a good story.
I don't know if I had a "favorite" character. I liked many of the characters in the book for who they were and their contributions. I really liked the voice Amanda gave Solo and looked forward to hearing from him.
No, but I'd listen to her again.
I listened to this book a while ago and listened again after buying the second book. I was rapt and listened to the book any chance I could. I hope the other installments continue to hold my interest like this one did.
I loved this series and by far, this book was the most enjoyable of the three. I've recommended these books to several friends. It was a bit slow at first but once Juliette enters the story it gets better.
Juliette - she's an amazing, strong person.
No, but she is now my favorite narrator. She's so good at doing voices for the different characters you knew who was speaking immediately.
Good read.... Heard about this on "This is Audible" on XM... got it and wasn't disappointed. Interesting story and the reader is good to boot. I Recommend it.