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.
Good to fill the time on a long-distance drive -- not very deep; not much complexity of plot or characters.
At first reminded me of Asimov's "Nightfall", in which a civilization undergoes repeated destruction. Concept of an isolated human population occupying a silo was intriguing....for a while.
Agree with other reviewers -- With her forced, ridiculously-contrived voices, this narrator would be better-suited to reading "Wizard of Oz" or "Alice in Wonderland". Her dialect for the chief villain is best described as "Wicked Witch of the West".
Might have been interested in exploring the other books of this series -- probably not now.
Before listening to the audio version I read through the Kindle version and loved every moment of it. The plot, character development and overall feel of this work was incredibly well done and terrifyingly real.
I don't know if there is a single moment I could choose; this story has so many layers.
I doubt it - Amanda Sayle did not bring this story to life. She crushed it.
Got this on one of the $4.95 sales and almost dropped it from the shopping cart because it sounded a bit boring. At first, while reading it, the story was very slow and I thought, I was going to have to suffer through a mediocre story. I can't tell you when it happened, but the story and characters started growing on me, and then I found myself binge listening. Now I have the unanswered questions and a need to know what happens in book 2.
I have been on a post apocalypse kick lately abs this was one of the best. There is a good pace throughout. I'm recommending it to friends and will probably listen to it again in a few months.
I know that some people do not like the "voices" of the characters portrayed by the narrator, but I appreciate them. It always makes it clear who is speaking, especially at accelerated speeds and she is remarkably consistent with them. Also, the narrator has a strong attractive voice during standard narration. Well done.
The story is great, the narration is absolutely awful. The male characters are all nasal and obnoxious. The female characters are all weak and insipid. Listening is actually painful.
Overall it was good and I enjoyed the way it unfolded. However, author keeps pushing idea that how they got there wasn't important rather it was how they lived. I'd disagree and think a bit of the how and why is needed to fully engage me in the human condition in this world and how it reflects ours.
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