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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"Brilliant book, great narration"
Wool is a book that keeps you guessing, it's not a sedentary read/listen as it presents some interesting scenarios that really make you think. Although set in the 'post apocalyptic' era, following the currant trend, it's very different form anything I've read before. It's divided into 5 different parts (it was originally published as 5 separate novellas) so the story is told from different points of view which makes it even more interesting. It's well worth a listen so if you are reading the revues to help you decide whether its worth it or not then don't hesitate, it's definitely is.
"Wonderful detail, leaves your mind in a whirl"
Fascinating & thought provoking
If you're desperate for a Walking Dead without the Zombies and loved Children of Men this book is for you.
I haven't sorry.
There are some wonderful characters in this book, you soon become part of their world, willing them on, wanting desperately to know what happens next. Hugh brilliantly spins an absurd but totally believable world. What I particularly enjoyed was the fact the story kept surprising me, I could wait to read the next book and I'm waiting eagerly for the release of the 3rd and final book.
Try as I might but this book did not do it for me.
I just dont know. Think its me, I struggled to get through this. I felt it was like walking through treacle.
Not sure. I just think this wasn't for me.
"A fantastic idea!"
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Had heard some hype and so was unsure but it lives up to it. The idea of the cleaners is great and some of the plot twists surprised me. I have read a few post apocalypse type novels and this stands out as one of the best. Looking forward to the next one. (Shift).
"Not sure what all the hype is about"
Having seen this book extensively advertised, I decided to succumb to the hype. In principle the book is great, but I found it a bit ponderous in places and a little over long. The pacing seemed a bit flabby and the story could have been shorter. I just couldn't "feel" the concept. I didn't hate it, but I just didn't connect with it.
I enjoyed the story so much - claustrophobic in terms of contemplating life in a silo and in that it doesn't give too much away and leaves you wanting to see the bigger picture. I had so many questions that I hope will be answered over the course of the trilogy. The writing is similarly spare - not a wasted word and not in the least bogged down by description, but at the same time conjures an incredibly vivid picture. I had two reservations, one was that I think the book had been altered for a British audience - it's obviously set in America, so why bother? The other was that, although the narration was overall very good, it was a bit flat and monotone and at times I just craved a bit of expression here and there.
"More narrative, less scene setting"
Not a bad yarn. The downside is that most of the first part is concerned with setting the scene at a slow meandering pace, and the second part ends shortly after things get moving. There seemed to be the basis for a rich plot here, but the idea has been overtaken by the minutiae of describing the environment.
"Second half is worth holding out for."
The first half is slow, but interesting enough to keep you listening. I got hooked into the second half when the story develops more directly, with more action and more suspense. I liked the way the book ended, but was still left feeling that overall the storyline was quite weak, and it was the clever suspenseful writing that had kept my interest rather than the plot and story itself. Worthy of a listen but not quite as amazing as others have made it sound. The characters are likeable, and a few twists and turns. You will root for the good guys, and sit on the edge of your seat in parts. Other parts are slow,and require patience. I liked the idea behind the story - a large silo underground housing a whole society who cant go outside as the air on earth has been rendered unbreathable due to a massive catastrophe. When the main characters begin to suspect the wool has been pulled over their eyes, and there is life outside the silo, the story really takes off.
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.
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