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 focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
At first I thought this was a children’s book with really simple characters and caricature narration, but it was too slow and boring to be a kid’s book. Is this science fiction? If so the science is so bad as to be dangerous (kids die every year emulating such diving scenes) The science was bad, but worse the characters’ actions just did not make any sense to me. Why would someone want to clean the lenses? There was also no tension as everything interesting was telegraphed long before being reveled. I really did not intend to read the next book in the series, but I already purchased both, so what the heck? Shift (the next book but prequel) was astoundingly different, well written and well narrated. It was like a completely different author. Although the premise was still a bit far fetched, the characters were adult and believable and there is actual tension and angst. If book three is like Shift I will likely continue the series.
For me this book is really difficult to listen to. The narrator's pace is extremely slow and she pauses many times in mid-sentence as well as every sentence ending. I kept praying that she would put two sentences together, but that never happened. I found my concentration drifting. I tried playing the audio book on fast speed, but then the audio quality suffers. Perhaps these dramatic pauses work on stage, but they do not work well in the audio book format.
Also, the male character voices sound like no man I have ever heard. With these two extremely distracting elements, it is really hard for me to follow the plot of the story. Sorry Amanda. I really wanted to listen to this book, but I have wasted a credit instead.
I would recommend someone read *not listen* to this book. The narration is so horrible, it's distracting. Her character voices are incredibly contrived and overly acted out. It made me wonder how the process goes for hiring a narrator...is their work not reviewed prior to publishing the audio version? Does the author not have input? If I wrote this novel and heard it butchered as this woman did, I'd be mortified and defeated. Such a pity.
Bottom line: do not listen to this book.
Similar to Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner...post-apocalyptic nation struggling to exist harmoniously...
Loved the guy that narrated the Maze Runner series...
If Amanda Sayle had nothing to do with it...
I have only reviewed a book a tiny handful of times...and was so disappointed, I was compelled to provide my input.
I got this because it was a daily deal.... and the movie trailer for a upcoming possible movie... I liked the story. It still haunts me. I both wanted to hug and choke people in this book. Yes, I was involved. Hate the name; but I do not know what else I would call it...I get the reason, but there is so much more.
Certainly an interesting premise. The idea that people live in these 100 story silos essentially below ground begs the obvious question - why?. There is little context for these silos. Apparently that comes in book 2.
Initially I was not sure where the story was headed, definitely a couple of false starts. Once our heroine is thrust outside the silo to perform the "cleaning" the story definitely picks up. Unfortunately the story bogs down at times and is a bit contrived, even after we find out that there is life out there and that silo 18 are not the sole survivors in this basically uninhabitable world.
Still not decided if I will continue with the next two books. While I did not care much for the reader, books 2 and 3 are narrated by Tim Reynolds who is one of my favorites.
The story ends well if not a bit rushed but sets up well for a sequel.
I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
Writing this review after reading all the 3 books in the series. Hugh Howey has a really good IP here. He did a great job developing the characters and built the story. The book's quality goes down from book 1. Wool is definitely the best book out of the 3.
Although the story and characters are original, Hugh's writing is mediocre. The narration is mediocre as well but not horrible.
Definitely worth reading the series and one of the good original scifi books in along time.
A post-apocolyptic novel with original characters and storyline. This one stands out far from the everyday zombie, nuclear, and viral apocolypses. A controlled society that unwinds slowly at first, and then like a roller coaster. Kept my attention throughout. Good narration that compliments the book.
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.
A future dystopian setting, where human life is relegated to the interior of a silo. The Silo is a multi-layered city the supports life for all the humans inside; a self containing vessel. Questions arise about the outside world, the ritual of "cleaning" unfolds, and a lowly mechanic named Juliette eventually emerges as the main protagonist.
The author Hugh Howley does well keeping this story entertaining thourhgout.
The narrator Amanda Sayle did a good job, I have no idea what other reviewers found distastful about her performance.
Note: Hugh Howley self-published "Wool", first being released in a five part series e-book.
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