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.
"Stonking good post-apocalyptic classic"
Believe the hype - all the books in this series are excellent. Very good narration too.
"Good futuristic tale"
Dystopian, dramatic, interesting
My favourite character was Juliette because a large part of the novel was devoted to her, which meant I got to know her character well. I also found myself cheering for her when she was in trouble, and hoping everything would be okay.
At first I didn't like her narration because the main character in the first part of the story is male, and I found it hard to reconcile Susannah's voice with the character. However once we switch to Juliette's story I was so absorbed I forgot about the narration. For me, that's a sign of a good narrator.
This book was written as a series of short stories or novellas and that shows. I didn't realise this at first and felt I invested a lot of time getting to know the deputy in the first part of the book, and learning about life in the silo (underground system of levels upon which society is structured). However then the story shifts to another character and I must admit I got rather bored until Juliette was introduced. There is a theme running through all the sections and they do interact. The deputy wants to know what happened to his wife (who started to question the facts they have been told about life in the silo). This follows on with an investigator who also starts to wonder about things and then with Juliette, to whom more of the truth is revealed. I'm not sure all questions are answered but there are more books in the series. The pace is varied but the first section and the last third of the book was by far the most thrilling for me. I also liked that there wasn't a lot of description at the beginning about the world they live in, but it just started telling the story as if you'd know what 'the cleaning' was, and then it became evident as the story progressed.
"What a story."
Completely gripping from the start where you feel nothing but fear for Holson & throughout where the compassion you feel for the characters.
For me when a book is well written I am able to lose myself in it. Good book for me brings images of people and places. I did not get this when listening to Wool. The reading was good and even the idea of silos dug in to save human race after some catastrophe was interesting. I missed development of the idea and descriptions of some characters were not enough for me to have me immersed into that world. The whole idea of 'the war' in some enclosed space with bombs somehow does not fit. The start was rather confusing with unexplained process of 'cleansing' or introduction of characters who disappeared more or less as soon as they were mentioned. Overall my feeling was that an interesting idea was not thought through. I must admit I am not fan of science fiction and what drew me to download this book were glorious reviews by other listeners as well as idea to listen to something light.
I doubt it.
This is a very good performance and really only stars from me were due to a very good reading.
Not necessarily cut, but developed.
I gave pretty damning review to this book, but I must admit that I listened to the end. With books I really like I go back and listen again and again when I run out of credit. This will not happen with Wool and maybe this is the feature of science fiction in general?
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