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.
This is one of the most riveting books I have listened to in a long time. All the people live in a silo, an immense circular structure buried in the ground with only a small sensor array sticking above ground level that projects a view of the surrounding landscape on view screens that appear on the top floor of the silo. The outside air is supposed to be toxic somehow. Not everybody believes this, but it appears to be one of the few things that actually is true in this place where much of what people think they know turns out not to be the truth.
The most forbidden thing in this closed environment is to wish to go outside. The punishment is to give these people what they want – to send them outside.
The sheriff’s wife thought she had discovered a bit of the truth and asked to go outside. So, they sent her outside to clean the sensors, and then to take her chances with what was out there. She died. Three years later the sheriff, the person responsible for sending people out when they break the rules, misses her so much that he also asks to be sent out. He too cleans the sensors and dies. It then falls to his deputy and the silo’s mayor to find a new sheriff. And from the attempt to do a good job of this follow a rash of suicides and murders that lead to an internal rebellion and the discovery, at least on the part of some people, that there are other silos.
There are two Audible versions of this book. I was worried that I had picked the wrong one when I hastily bought this version to go with my Kindle Unlimited book, but Amanda Sayle does an excellent job with the characters, especially Mayor Jahns and the new sheriff, Juliette.
title says it. one thing I'll add. The narrator has some pretty scorning reviews. while a few of her voices were a bit annoying all in all she wasn't that bad. Don't let that scare you out of the listen.
I thought the story was very interesting though it took a couple hours for me to fully get into it, beginning is slow but that's just to set up for the other books I suspect.
I thought the narration wouldn't bother me. She has a nice clear voice but the character voices are atrocious, especially Bernard. I think my disdain for the voices shaped how I felt about the characters.
Great story, but Amanda Sayle can't seem to resist doing voices as though reading to a five year old. The men's voices sound utterly absurd, cutesy wootsy. I realize she is probably trying her best, but the truth is that's just not very good.
Only real complaint was that I got distracted by the too numerous "Dipped their chin."
Other than that, I listened to it pretty much straight through, finishing at 0225 on 2nd day. Pretty good story, suspend your disbelief more then normal.
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