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 love the concept and this is definitely a great plot but it's hampered by the voice acting and moments of existential contemplation that goes on for too long.
The first section about Holston was a perfect short story by itself. In fact, I wondered many times if this whole series didn't begin as this short story and someone decided it needed to be extended.
Not to run her down further, because she has received enough criticism already, but unfortunately no.
It was okay. I thought Howey provided some interesting insights into the characters' view of their world. He seemed to have thought a lot about how the characters would really view their world if it consisted entirely of a sylo. But I thought it dragged on in several parts and I wasn't always clear on what everyone was exactly trying to accomplish.
I would recommend reading it instead of listening to it.
After seeing good reviews I expected better of this book. The drama and pacing weren't bad but the whole concept felt really bland to me and there was just so little substance. There was no complexity to good and evil, the characters were simplistic and there wasn't much to them, I wasn't emotionally drawn into them, there was no real politics, there was not a lot of detail about the apocalypse that brought them there, the government that caused these rules wasn't really explained. Instead of this substance, what I got instead was like a season of 24, a story driven by drama and various events that pop up instead of engaging your intellect. The story just got boring at times and felt way too simplistic. I never really felt a burning desire to get myself through it. It wasn't terrible but I was just left feeling very unimpressed. It might be okay if you're looking for that but don't go into this expecting any George RR Martin or anything. I'd probably give this a 2.5/5.
The book is way too long but a fascinating story. Will make a great movie if done well. However the narrator makes some of the most awful "sounds," masquerading as speech, for some of the characters
The story is good. Too many analogies to mechanics, which gets old. I wish I had read the book. Maybe some of the characters are meant to be "evil," but the narration completely detracts from the character development. The make Characters sound wimpy, and though the narrator is a women, the female voices sound like a man trying to sound like a woman. Lucas sounds like a surfer. The women all sound like various versions of the Wicked Witch. It's both cringeworthy and comical.
I had high hopes for this one because it seemed unique among the post apocalyptic/dystopian novels, but the story just falls flat. And the narration was so awful as to be comical. The narrator is fine when reading in her "normal" voice, but nearly all the other characters she does are so over the top it seems she's performing a vaudeville play.
Oh and if someone pronouncing the word "suit" like "syoot" would bother you, stay far away from this book. Because she says it like 5000 times.
Let me at the next one...
I can so see our current Nations', or hell, the Worlds' elite's current conspiracie behind the beginnings of this entire ordeal...!
Kudos to the author for try'n to waken all the sheepple in their rut...
Go D. Trump, he'll stop it, or...lol, be the cause of it's beginning. No fault of his, unless he's inn on it.... naaa
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