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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A great job of writing something unique which is a tough job in itself but this story keeps you wanting to listen to just that bit more before turning it off. Only slightly frustraiting thing is during the 1st part I would just get used to a character only to find they were killed off on the next page.
"Great story but the end seemed a little rushed..."
I got this book based on the high rating it got from other listeners, and having listened to it I can see why it is rated highly. The story is of the same ilk as Logan's Run, The Island etc concerned with a post apocalyptic world of rules and ritual.
The narrator is good, giving depth to the characters, and there's a real sense of crescendo as the story reaches it's conclusion. However I must agree with previous reviewers that the end of the book seems to have been rushed, and I did leave the book feeling a little cheated out of some much needed closure. That said, I have still given it 4/5 stars. Was it a good listen? Yes. Would I listen to it again? I don't think so.
I had this on Audible and could'nt stop listening. I would find myself sitting in supermarket car parks not able to get out and stop listening!
The plot is amazing, the subject slightly worrying but so easy to imagine. The descriptions were so vivd and alive that I could picture every level in my head. I would thoroughly recommend this author and can't wait for the next book.
Readers who review on Amazon.com have given this great book 4475 reviews of which 3700 were 5 stars, that is phenomenal!!!!
This book had me gripped from within ten minutes, I could not turn it off and unfortunately it ended too soon, there is a part two (The Shift) but it is not on audible yet (come on audible!).
It's the concept of this book which I find so amazing and original, it's science fiction but has character examination in it. Based around a post apocalyptic world everyone lives in a silo governed by strict rules. I don't want to spoil it by revealing more, but I'm happy I came across this book via the 'recommended reads' alert.
The author has allowed others to 'piggy back' on his concept of the silo so there are other short stories available written from different perspectives which is a wonderful idea. He also writes reviews on these authors books. Kudos. I'm loving it. More authors to do this please.
The narration was good, can't fault this book, download it quickly,
"Great drama first, sci fi second"
I was recommended this by a friend and was not disappointed. Looked forward to my commute everyday just so I could tune into the next instalment of this great story embedded within a great post-apocalyptic scenario. However, despite the Sci-Fi trappings this story is character driven all the way and the scenario that the population find themselves in is explored and unwound through the characters as they come into conflict with the institution that is the silo.
This story was originally conceived as an ebook by instalments so every other chapter reads as cliffhanger until latterly where the author had perhaps picked up and audience and had confidence to run with story over several chapters at a time. Really good stuff.
"Something totally different."
This book was one of those that leaves you thinking about the people and even worrying about them when you have to stop listening. Really great. Hope there are more to come.
"Hooked from the start"
I enjoyed the writer's style so much that I immediately picked up lots more of his work. The book was gripping from the start and the bleak world was painted expertly. The best parts were the progressively more chilling revelations about the truth of the characters' dystopian existence.
The only slight negative for me was the final act. An extended action sequence, it was still well written, but I struggled to keep suspending disbelief when a few scientific inaccuracies and frankly implausible feats of endurance slipped in.
Not a great fan of written sci-fi, and the post-apocalyptic premise sounded depressing, but the power of Simon Mayo and its best-seller status made me think it worth a try. The premise isn't desperately original, survivors living in and underground world, but when it grips, it really grips. Long phases, between the gripping, where my attention wandered, however. And why have an (albeit lovely) English narrator putting on American accents? But then I could never understand 'why' Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors.
Almost finished this book, can't wait for the end, but will really miss the determination and tenacity of juliette :)
I found it very difficult to stop listening to this book, right from the start it grabbed my attention and would not let go. Hugh creates a completely believable world without recourse to fanciful ideas whilst simultaneously evoking a dystopian future reality. Several times the narrative shifted, completely wrong-footing me even from the early pages but each time this just left me wanting more. Even to the last few chapters I could feel the vulnerability of the main protagonist and, at the end, I was both satisfied and curious for the future.
If you liked “1984” you will enjoy this.
If you like post-apocalyptic fiction you will enjoy this.
If you like near-future sci-fi you will enjoy this.
If you just like a good yarn you will enjoy this.
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