An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"Exhilarating, intense, addictive. A novel you will never forget." (SJ Watson)
"The characters are well-drawn, and even the villains have a sympathetic side. Secrets unfold with just the right pacing, and I had to set the book down several times and say, ‘Wow,’ when a major twist was revealed ... If you're looking for a good read, you can't do much better than Wool." (Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times best-selling author)
I bought this title for my teenagers for along car trip, thinking it would be a young adult/dystopian nove that they might both like (1 age 15, the other 18), and not having huge expectations. Turned out that not only they, but my husband and I were completely hooked! Probably the best audio I have heard since I joined Audible.
The story was well paced, with edge of seat suspense, a plausible concept and enough surprises to keep even old hands at the genre intrigued.
Huge kudos to the narrator - the right mix of restraint and emotion, great character range: unlike other narrators, she actually read the story, rather than thinking she had to over-emote to get your attention: the narration was calm but my attention never wavered.
100% satisfied,and wondering if there are sequels!
This story will stay with me for a long time. The narration is hauntingly beautiful, the characters are well developed and engaging and the story keeps you guessing right until the end. Couldn't recommend this any more highly.
Good story with a fascinating dystopian concept. I'm looking forward to Shift. Unfortunately the narration was competent but not really captivating.
Excellent story, post apocalyptic, dystopian society.
Excellent pace, there were hardly any times in this book when it dragged. Every piece of the story was so interesting and intertwined creaitng a wonderful mesh.
The narrator also did a superb job!
This book just kept my attention all the way through and I don't have any real criticism.
Going to order and read the next book immediately!!!
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is another great offering. I would so love this story to continue. Here we really got to know the characters so much better and in my opinion the craft of the author is more mature here. I was surprised by the ending and loved the entire story. If you loved Shift get this one too. Don't make the mistake of listening to/reading this one before Shift as a friend of mine did. That ruined the story for her.
"Couldn't stop listening"
I felt compelled to write this review because of the very average ratings this book was receiving. When I first thought to write, there were four ratings averaging a 3.0/ 5. My rating was the fifth which was a 5/5 and then there was a sixth - the rating still averaged a 3.0/5. It may be that this is a book you either love or hate. The book is rich with detail and character development and I could imagine that some listeners might be put off by this though I personally never found it slow. I love my airport thrillers but I also enjoy epic novels like Dune. If you enjoy books like Patrick Rothfuss' 'The name of the Wind' then your will love Wool. If you love apocalyptic horror then Wool will be a slow burner.For me this is the best book I have listened to in at least a year.
"Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant"
Really impressed with the writing, riveted in fact. The best suspense thriller I have read in sooo looong a time... it knocks other apocalyptic novels like 'the passage' etc into a cocked hat.. won't be forgetting this one for a while.. the almost painful pace H.H sets was excruciating as he ratcheted up the suspense, it was as if I was living and breathing in those silo's..Superb, I loved it.. worth every penny, not a book to forget easily.
"Mediocre at best"
I got this because it had good reviews but honestly, although I listened to the end, it is nowhere near the quality of The name of the wind or Joe Abercrombie's stuff. The storyline is the best bit but it takes a long time to get to where it's going and it's very overblown. Spend your credit on the girl with all the gifts, that is an excellent alternative future society novel.
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.
"The only bad part is that it ends"
A strange one this. The Wool your looking at here is actually an omnibus of 5 stories that was published in one volume last year. When it was published I read a review describing it as the best book the reviewer had read. I was going to buy it but was confused as the old editions where cheap and the new edition was expensive and I couldn't work out which to buy. It didn't take long to invest an audible credit then, and it was as credit well spent.
Wool proved un-putdownable. It isn't the longest book at 16 hours but I found my self wishing it was longer. looking at the timer and beign thankful that there was still 6 hours left... still 4 hours left.
There must be a sequel. I need to find out what happens next.
"Enjoyed to more than I could have imagined"
This book is a far cry from what I usually listen too, which is Medieval/ historical fiction and memoirs. Browsing though the titles I came across top reviews for this and decided to try it.
I am so glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it and found that once I started I could not put it down.
The ending came all too quickly and i felt it could have been explained better. Having said that I cannot wait to listen to the next one (Shift) and and the final part of the trilogy when it is released.
I will be listening to this again soon as my husband wants to listen to it and I cannot miss the chance to relive life in Silo 18/17 again.
A superb read.....................................
Quite simply the best book Ive had off audible.....Brilliant story and characters.Author writes brilliantly creating vivid pictures in your mind of this huge underground world and the secrets it keeps..... Only bad thing is this book ended....GET THIS BOOK YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
Hope there is a sequel??
"Full slow and uncompelling"
Wool was originally conceived as a short story. There is a good plot for that. As this blockbuster novel the elements of the story are stretched and stretched again then padded with infinite detail about stairs doors and infrastructure. This makes the story drag and so rather like a soap if you miss a bit it doesn't matter, it will be recapped more than once.
The long format is less forgiving of the plot than would be the case with a short story. The concept of a self-sustaining silo is hard to buy fully. Sizes are prone to the Lewis Carroll effect where at one moment the silo has its own oil refinery and then it is much smaller than would be possible. I won't detail that in case readers plan to listen since a spoiler is part of that criticism. Perhaps the least satisfying plot element is the "with one bound everyone was free and happy ever after" ending which is as though the writer finally became tired of this padding and expansion exercise. I would have given this only one star but I was foolish enough to try the prequel "Shift" which is so abject that it makes Wool look like a Steinbeck. Avoid Wool. Do not give money for Shift. I think there's another one too but I have no interest in finding out. We really shouldn't encourage this author to write.
"In the Beginning"
I found the first storyline intriguing, and while I did not quite understand where the author was leading the reader, went along with him, even though it was a tad claustrophobic.
Set in the future, it portrays all life existing below ground level - a brave new world I did not want to associate with at all, and yet...
I found the calm narration by Susannah Harker helps one to understand the various levels occupied by the characters who were there for a particular reason, and it was up to the reader to discover why.
So, while slightly ill at ease with the claustrophobic and at times, threatening environment, I was unable to break away.
I warn you in advance that one has to read or listen to the trilogy in its entirety to fully appreciate and understand Hugh Howey's credible creation.
"Original and gripping"
This is a really good story - the world is utterly believable because the people who inhabit it are the people we are and live with. We participate in the dawning awareness of the world in which these people live. It never flags. As well as a story of a future that could happen it is also a really good thriller - and well written.
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