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.
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
Excellent world-building, engaging characters, really well-written. What is real? What is illusion? Who's in charge here?
Unfortunately, the narration is truly awful. When the narrator reads in her natural voice, it is merely unappealing. When she tries to do "voices", it is so grating I could barely stand it. If I hadn't really really liked the story, I'd have dumped it half-way through. I seriously considered spending a credit on the other audio edition to see if that narrator was better.
No... I would read it next time. This narrator was truly awful.
I thought the story was very well written and and thought out. It was easy to get lost in the consistent world of the Silos.
The end was pretty cool.
I haven't heard the other narrator for this book (there are two versions with different narrators) - so I can't recommend the other narrator per se. But it is hard to imagine any narrator doing a worse job. So I guess I am recommending you buy the other version.
Diverted me during long drives, had several unexpected turns despite well worn turf.
Alive, absorbing, acute
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I CAN'T READ THAT FOR 12 HOURS
I like the whole concept of this story and I like what happens in the story. I do wish this had been 12 hours instead of 17+, for it really dragged the last five hours. The whole thing was written in a slow, taking for ever manner. It was not overly descriptive, nor was there flowery language, I think we just spent too much time in the minds of the characters, contemplating simple things. Though I am impatient, I was okay (not thrilled) with this, but toward the end it started to ware on me. I am a sucker for books about populations stuck in enclosed environments, generations ships, islands, or even Room by Donoghue.
LATERAL DIGS ARE FORBIDDEN
The whole book is a mystery and the mystery is compelling enough, that you want to listen. I am even going to break a long habit of mine of not continuing a series I can't give five stars too. The next series tells how the silos came about and then there is a third book in the series. A lot in the book is predictable but some things are not and the main mystery keeps you listening.
The narrator is not great, nor is she terrible. When she does voices, they do sound cartoonish or like anime. I have notice this same book is out with a different narrator, you may want check out the reviews on her. I also notice that book two is a different narrator then either of the two versions of one. Her male voices sound like a little girl trying to sound grown up. It was not enough to detract from the story for me and she did not read it slow, it was slow written.
Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.
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