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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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.
"life in a silo"
I really enjoyed this look into what the afterlife of an apocalypse could be like your whole world a silo you can just imagine it all happening how everything works the people all their jobs its all so very real you can just see it all I did find it a bit slow hear and there but an enjoyable listen and well worth the credit it cost :-)
The story is interesting and the narrator is quite good. I personally like the style of the author. Events are presented in a way that slowly establishes the context of the story and sets up the mystery to be solved. The only downside is that sometimes the descriptions of trivial things are far too detailed. This can get a bit boring quickly since the author is wasting time describing in different ways things that have no bearing to the story and it feels like the entire world has stopped and the focus is lost.
"didn't hate it, didn't love it"
I listened to it all, which says something as I've returned a few audiobooks lately. This said, I still feel a bit underwhelmed by the experience. The story is good in places and raises some interesting ideas. There are moments of tension, and some likeable characters.
A couple of things prevented me from enjoying the story.
First, I did absolutely no research into any of the ideas dealt with in the book, yet found it far too easy to pick holes in the story. There are inaccuracies in the scientific terminology used in the first few paragraphs, and frequently throughout. I would expect a sci-fi author to be scientifically literate, and to think through the plausibility of their worlds a little more thoroughly.
Second, the narrator's tone is completely flat. I think she grew as bored as I did with the story. There are very few changes of pace or intonation. At one point in the story the protagonist's life is in mortal danger, yet the narrator sounds on the verge of falling asleep.
All in all it was a so-so listen. A bit more effort from the author in thinking through the plot, and a bit more effort from the reader with characterisation and this story would have been awesome, rather than ordinary.
Lastly, any errors in spelling, punctation and grammar in this review are all mine, but I couldn't proof read before posting as for some reason you can't scroll through the textbox when typing on a tablet.
A good read, on an unusual subject. Well written, I could imagine living in a silo and not having any knowledge of what the world might have been like long ago. Scary thought!
Hugh Howey has created a very detailed and thrilling story set in this dystopian thriller. I found the whole idea very believable and fascinating. although at the start i felt the story was a bit believable i suddenly found that everything i thought would happen had happened and i was still in the first half of the book. This book is a MUST READ!
Great Plot, Great Narration, Great Detail and Great Idea....
I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying this book. I got this using one of my free credits as it was on the recommended by audible section. When it started off I thought it wasn't going to be one I would listen through to the end. It isn't the sort of thing I would normally choose to listen to and seemed quite depressing at the start but in fact turned out to be really quite good. The narrator does a good job and the way she reads seems to suit the story. Well worth giving a chance and having a listen.
"A scarily forseeable future"
When humans have ruined the planet in the future, and let's face it we are heading that way, instead of sending everyone into space like countless other authors, Howey's idea of sending them underground is genius. This is an excellent story with some great characters and it keeps you guessing right until the end. 5 stars for me, I loved it.
"Good idea but poor storytelling"
It starts well then I started to lose some interest. Then it picked up again, but as the action starts to build I became confused by what was going on. Who was fighting who and how that was progressing became very confused for me. In the end I didn't care what happened, which was a shame as there was a good story in there. Maybe the film will be better.
"Promising start but fails to maintain momentum"
I am writing this review of the whole audiobook, not just this section. The book starts really strongly, with really original ideas and a beautifully imagined world. Unfortunately the momentum does not continue and we end up getting lost in some pretty tedious prose which goes into way too much detail. I must confess to giving up about 70% through the book. I am afraid the text is not helped by the narration, which lacks variety of tone. I understand the book started as a novella, which was supplemented by four further novellas. This may be the key to the failure ( in my eyes) of the overall work, as the arc of the plot has been constrained by the format. Or maybe it just needed better editing and narration. I will look forward to his next book though - there is definitely promise here.
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