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.
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"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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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.
"Great story - scary concepts though"
Really enjoyed the book, terrifying idea that we could end up like this. Looking forward to the next one.
"Well read, but tiresome to say the least..."
People who lose themselves in a book, without worry of excessive and flowery description. It was painful at times and I nearly gave up half way through the novel. This is a fine example of a good story being bogged down by dire and overly attentive detail.
I think that Hugh Howey did what he could, but a co-writer could have made this infinitely more exciting. This seems to be a writer of short stories and the publishers should have employed some more intelligent editing or assistance to Tom. This could have been a classic.
The narrator was excellent and I would have no issue listening to her again. The book was the problem, not the reader.
None, the problem was the hideous descriptive drag.
I can't face the other 2 books. I went online to get the summary of the plots of the other 2 books. It seems interesting, but the reviewer said that book 2 was much worse than the first for laboured description. I do not hate myself enough to do 17 more hours to get to the 3rd book, which is apparently better.
"Great book, good audio book"
Gripping and intriguing throughout, without being too long winded. Good quality reading audio. Thoroughly recommend, just a shame there isn't more!
"Original and engaging :)"
I really enjoyed the story - great characters and very original - refreshing - couldn't put my iPhone down!
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