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)
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"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!?
"My next choice......."
Will be a difficult one. Wool gripped me from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. Wool scores highly for plot, characterization and detail. Thanks, also, to Susannah Harker for her fine narration.
"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.
"Didn't work for me at all"
No. Didn't like the writing style. Somehow you are straight into the world created by the author but it seems to take so long to get anywhere, enthusiasm and focus wanes quickly. For me anyway.
Barely engaging and difficult to focus any attention on.
Dull and very little intonation made it difficult to listen to.
Only just off zero emotionally.
2nd time listening to this book, even better than the first time, listen out for more....
"Amazing and original"
A fantastic and unique tale set in a world both alien and oddly relatable. The characters are the true stars of the show but even the world itself has a magic about it. I would highly recommend this extremely well written book.
"Poor accents, monotonous delivery. Pretty dull."
The story was odd as it had such low stakes for such high concept a story. The characters were dull and the narration did nothing to bring them to life.
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