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 was worried about other people not liking the narrator, but I got so engrossed in the story that I was not bothered by the narrator one bit. It definitely kept my interest until the end & I can't wait for the next book in the series to know what happens next!
Middle of the pack. It was an above average story, and it kept me interested even though it was a long book.
None. Most of the characters were interesting but I really didn't have a favorite. I'm being honest.
No. Personally, I thought she did a terrible job. Her voice isn't my cup of tea. She has a very sterile voice and it seemed like she had absolutely no emotion. Her narration is the reason why I gave this book 4 stars instead of the 5 stars that the story deserves. I also really didn't like her "squeaky" accent she used when a male character spoke during the book. She basically has two different voices she uses when a man speaks and I didn't like either of them.
I love paranormal books, urban fantasy or paranormal romance, sci fi as well. A good mystery will make me happy as well.
It ranks very high as one of my favorites
When one of the people got sent out to "clean" and I realized why they were so willing do it after saying they wouldn't.
She does the characters very well. You can easily determine what character is speaking by listening to her.
I did find time to listen to it more than usual.
This was originally written as a short story but then evolved into a whole book. I am looking forward to the rest of the story.
No, I don't think that this was time well spent. I would rather listen to another book.
Terrible male voices
Yes I think it would be a good movie.
It was an interesting concept, but it was just too slow and boring at times.
This contains a few minor spoilers, but nothing important to the story. Don’t get attached to Holston. He’s completely gone after the first chapter. And that leads into what I consider poor story structure. The book will start building momentum and become interesting. It appears to start very quickly with Holston. Then there’s an abrupt turn. The story stops dead and almost seems to restart. That's fairly common for some stories; hook the reader in the beginning, then get more in-depth before continuing on. The problem is that this same technique is used a few different times during the book rather than just at the beginning. It seems to just be getting interesting, then time resets and explains how it got to this situation in rather boring detail.
Rather than going into the more traditional science fiction you’d expect, this story is more about internal politics and drama. There’s minimal focus as to why the planet is as it is. You get a few paragraphs that basically used the tired old story thread “The U.S. was secretly evil” to explain in passing and that’s it. No details at all and its completely superfluous to the story. Another silo is somewhat explored, but it answers few questions that aren’t answered elsewhere. There’s otherwise no exploring the outside world other than to say “maybe later we’ll do it”. So essentially, this is a story about the politics of people living in a massive structure.
It’s not entirely bad, I guess I was just expecting something else, but I don’t think I would read anything by this author again.
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
Despite all the positive word-of-mouth about this book, I was prepared to hate it based on the unique route it took to success: self-published Kindle serial from an unknown author?! Even the synopsis put it outside my usual favorite imagination playgrounds of far-future deep-space hard SF. Not another dystopia coming-of-age novel!
Now, having read it and lined up with the legions of other five-star reviewers, I can tell you it is one of the best I've read this year. The world-building is fantastic, and the story exploits every opportunity to wring dramatic irony from situations where the reader knows more than the characters about a situation. The limited settings may prevent the action sequences from being truly cinematic, but there is no lack of tension and intra-character drama. I'm looking forward to reading Howey's follow-up episodes to see what onion-skin revelations about the wider story world he's got planned!
I read with my ears...
"Time" is the key for me when it comes to this book. It's the closest I've come to giving up on a book at about the half-way point because very little was happening. The book starts VERY strong and that hooked me, but it faded fast until the second half. Many times I found my mind drifting from the story and when I snapped back after who knows how long I found I hadn't missed anything important. That was the majority of the first half of the book for me. The book was highly recommended by a person I trust and that's pretty much the only thing that kept me going hoping it would get more interesting... and it DID.
I am glad I waited, but I was a little soured that I had to wait so long for what I felt was the story to actually begin. The second half of the book kept me gripped and interested to the end and I enjoyed it very much.
Regardless of the first half, I do recommend Wool. I would suggest keeping your expectations low for action and interest until you get into the second half. I wish I could say skip the first half, but there are key elements you need for the second half to work. Maybe listen to it at double speed?
Yes, I plan on listening to the next one if (I think it is) read by someone else.
The premise is what drew me and kept me listening.
I don't mean to be harsh (others have already beaten it to death), but someone else should have read this.
The reader really detracted, but not enough for me to stop listening. During sections of dialogue it was genuinely hard to tell if it was the writing or the voice acting that made me loose interest. I'm hoping the next one is better and with a different voice actor.
The performance may have ruined this book for me... I am not sure the story does deserve 3 stars - my sister in law raves about this book - but I can't bring myself to rate higher.
Problems with the narration... let me count the ways!
1) Unusual pauses
There are many, many pauses in this book, for no good reason, and then when a dramatic pause would be perfect the narrator ploughs through with barely a gap between words.
2) Inconsistent pace
Some sentences are rushed, some are drawled out.
3) Character tone
It's just way off. She will say a line in a way that is completely inconsistent with the character's actions or thoughts. For instance the major is meant to be a strong character, but she speaks in a passive and uncertain tone that would never win an elected position, let alone be the voice of a well-loved public figure head.
4) The voices
Oh the voices. This narrator cannot do male voices at all, it's too difficult to even describe how bad it is. They sounded a lot like cartoon voices, circa Rocky and Bullwinkle's era, or Yogi Bear. The females were not as bad, for the most part, but still cringeworthy. One of the reviewers said she sounded like Glinda the good witch, and it's a very accurate call.
If this story appeals to you, and it was an interesting story, skip the audio version, go visit the book shop!
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
The most enjoyable aspect of this book is its believability. Many of the current dystopias available explore interesting ideas of levels of government control. However, this series I wouldn’t really categorize as dystopia as it is more of a survival story and this makes it seem so much closer to our real-world situation. It’s not a government trying to make the country perfect and society civilized and then it turning out scary. It is a government trying to help a few humans do the best they can to survive. So the story explores how a country would go about shelving away some humans for survival until the world is live-able. What levels of deceit are worth it for the best survival of the most people? It also addressed issues of class separation, population control, limit of historical information, and the power of taboos.
I found the story slow at the beginning with the first couple of main characters but it moved onto story-lines I found more appealing. All of the characters are standard bucket types, which I felt showed a real lack of imagination on the author’s part. Everyone is what they appear from day one. It could be argued, however, that in a closed society this would be apt to occur. A great aspect of this book is that it is fairly gender-neutral in approach and so more widely palatable to readers. The writing is average but the ideas are great and well-worth the read. I always appreciate an author willing to discuss difficult issues like sacrifice for the good of many and social control and value ideas over good prose. I will definitely plan on reading the Shift series.
I wasn't very fond of this narrator. She did try to do distinct voices, which is appreciated. However, she narrates like she's doing an oral reading on stage instead of just reading it. I'm glad "Shift" is a different narrator.
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