In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.
His fateful decision unleashes a drastic series of events. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper. Uprising.
©2012 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
It took me a while to get into this audiobook. At first I didn't like the narrator at all. I have no idea why something about it wasn't right. I stuck with it though and after about 1 -2 hours she just really worked for it. Overall I really enjoyed this audiobook.
Complex story took some time to get into it, maybe a little more verbose than I would have liked, but was worth it as the story evolved nicely. Narrator gets a lot of credit for the various voices she used well to differentiate characters.
I really enjoyed the story. It starts slow, but once it got going it was hard to stop listening. Looking forward to the next book in the series. The narrator is very good except when she's doing male voices. Male voices were very flat, lacking emotion.
Wool takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, and deals with the central idea of a society following rules without questioning their purpose. This is not a new concept by any stretch, and even reminded me of a 2013 movie I saw recently called Snowpiercer in a lot of ways.
Still, I couldn't help becoming invested in the characters' search for truth, no matter how fatalistic the quest seemed at times. I'll continue with Howey's "Shift Omnibus" in the near future.
I new this would be good but I was pleasantly surprised that it exceeded my expectation. Some clues I understood early on but the rest had my mind running in circles with nowhere to go. I want to read the rest of the series. I just hope they don't try to top this one. 😉
Great, but the narrator spoke Lucas' parts in an artificial voice that grates on the nerves.
Awesome novel!! warning hard to put down once you start. totally engrossing. already purchased the follow up-
SHIFT!! So happy to have read this
There are some truly great ideas in this story. The original short story is amazing. Unfortunately all of the truly inspired ideas are wrapped up in overused cliches and drawn out descriptions of the environment. The voice acting is great for female characters, but every male is made to sound like an old dying Wicked Witch of the West.
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