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When the old sheriff of the Silo dies, Juliette, a Mechanic, is thrust into the role and quickly finds herself in over her head after asking the wrong questions What will she discover when she s cast out of the Silo into the toxic world beyond and left for dead Yeah, that s not a great summary but there s a lot I don t want to spoil.Since I ve becomeandinterested in the idea of Kindle publishing as of late, I decided to check out Wool, one of the juggernauts of self publishing While I heard the title and thought it was stupid , I went in cold and was pleasantly surprised.Wool takes place in a dystopian future where what s left of humanity lives in a Silo underground, levels upon levels of apartments, farms, mines, machinery, a self contained community People who commit certain offenses are sent out to Clean, to clear the grit off the sensors providing the residents a view of the outside, before dying in the nuclear wasteland Juliette, the protagonist of parts 2 5, is a fantastic character Her logical mind, honed from years of repairing ancient machines, quickly has her asking all sorts of questions about the history of the Silo and the possibility of life beyond Her relationship with Lukas was believable and not at all sappy.The book reminds me of old school science fiction, exploring ideas about control, conformity, and manipulation When Juliette and company figure out what s been going on for two hundred years, the manure hits the windmill.The writing was understated but still good It s several notches above what you d expect in a self published book and probably a notch or two above some Big Six publishing house efforts lately Is it deserving of the massive hype it gets Probably not but it s still really good I think the little guy done good aspect of Howey s success gives it a littlepunch in some people s eyes.A few minor things bugged me, most related to pace and how readily some of the people revolted Also, I wouldn t have minded a littleof Silo 17 in the epilogue Still, it has some strong scenes in it Juliette running out of air was a pretty powerful scene and will stick with me for a long time Wool should appeal to old school science fiction fans and dystopia fans alike 4.5 out of 5 stars. Admittedly, this is not my genre, but someone on GR strongly suggested it who and I just finished it Wool is the first volume of a trilogy apparently, the 2nd volume is a prequel and the 3rd is the sequel to the first The plot is interesting, dystopian future with humans living inside because we destroyed the environment outside you listening Mr Pruitt The character development is a bit thin, folks are pretty much black and white although one gets the impression that all the characters are white caucasian It is a bit predictable to be honest, but there are good ideas here A commenter as I was reading said the story was similar to inspired by a Philip K Dick book called The Penultimate Truth.I found myself skimming towards the end, knowing how things would turn out pretty much The writing is OK, but as I said, I felt the characters were quite 2 dimensional and I was only marginally able to become attached to the protagonist I did eventually read and review on GR both sequels which I foundcompelling and better written than Wool That being said, this initial book did inspire me to learnabout Howey s particular take on a dystopian future. This is the review for the entire Wool pentalogy my new favorite word, btw Wool introduces us to a postapocalyptic world where survivors of whatever disaster that made the outside uninhabitable huddle underground in a giant silo that houses hundreds of people As we can predict, the disaster was man made view spoiler What we may not immediately suspect is that there are severaldozen of similar silos around hide spoiler I don t get the hype.If you d judge a book by its rating on Goodreads and , you should consider Wool to be a science fiction miracle the vast majority of Goodreaders gave it 5 stars, and onit currently holds an astonishing 3,740 five star reviews with new ones appearing every day Wool seems to be a prodigious child of a next Asimov or Heinlein, destined to last for decades and inspire generations of readers and writers What s eveninteresting is that Wool began its life as a short, self published novella, Wool, which so excited the readers that the author quickly published the next four parts, finally gathering them all in this omnibus Film rights have already been sold to 20th Century Fox, with Ridley Scott showing interest in adapting Wool into a movie Does anyone here remember the PC game Fallout Here s its great introductory movie, with its famous war never changes speech I played the hell out of it when it came out and it s one of the games on which I learned the English language In Fallout its 2161, and after a major nuclear war humanity has hid in underground vaults Generations have lived in such way, without having seen natural light The player controls an inhabitant of Vault 13, where a computer chip responsible for purifying water has broken and is sent into the outside world to journey to other communities, looking for a replacement The player has 150 game days to complete the assignment and return to the vault before its water supply runs out Fallout has won many awards and sprawled a number of sequels, and it stole many childhoods with its addictive qualities including a large and open word, with many non pcs ready for interaction, quests and subplots ready to indulge in Wool starts intriguing enough, and Howey has a good sense of pacing to keep up the interest all the way through the first part After an unnamed apocalyptic event the earth has been rendered uninhabitable, and people have to live in an underground Silo, which extends many stories beneath the surface of the planet Inhabitants can see the outside world only through a lens, and the images are grim constantly cloudy and dark skies, the ragged plains and mountains depopulated by strong radiation Despite this, people live quite comfortably in the Silo, except for one small detail the lens which shows them the outside world gets dirty with dust and rust, and has to be cleaned a perilous duty, as it involved going outside and becoming exposed to a deadly amount of radiation Although technicians working at the Silo managed to develop protective suits, they only last for a short time before disintegrating from exposure effectively making the cleaning a one way trip Therefore, the only people who clean the lens are those sent to do so as punishment And everyone who is sentenced to cleaning cleans there has not been a case of anyone going outside and not cleaning in the history of the Silo.The first part of Wool follows the story of Holston, the Silo s sheriff who is trying to understand the circumstances which led to his wife s death She has been sentenced to Cleaning and Holston is doing his best to understand why, as he believes the sentence was connected to his wife s investigation of Silo s historical records Although there is only basic wordbuilding and the characters are sketchily drawn at best, the familiar concept is still intriguing enough to turn the page.But then Wool 1 ends, and trouble sets in Although the author maintains that each of the five installments is meant to be read as a standalone, there is simply no way that they could work this way Wool 1 leaves far too many questions unanswered each introduced idea begets interest which is never properly cared for Howey embarks an ambitious idea trying to create a new society from scratch, and create characters the readers can care for but a vast majority of questions the reader can have about his world, its past and present, science and technology are never answered Holston, his wife, their relationship and the whole society is painted rather than presented, never feeling quite real But how could it in just 50 pages Wool 1 ends with a giant cliffhanger, prompting a swift reader response demanding one thingSo Hugh Howey wrote four extra parts, again claiming that each was always meant to be read individually, but I don t believe it Howey seems to be caught between wanting to tell a single story, and split it into several independent short novels but doesn t pull it off, leaving each installment bordering awkwardly between wanting to experiment with new ideas and characters and dependence on the old for the sake of continuity This leaves each installment unsatisfying on its own, as new characters are introduced, presented and dispatched without offering the readers a proper chance to grow attached to them The single storyline quickly starting to feel convoluted, as the subsequent parts merely dilute the ideas found in Wool 1 instead of presenting truly new and fascinating concepts I don t know how much of it was pre planned, but it seems to me that the success of Wool 1 caught the author by surprise, and he didn t quite knew what to do with the plot to do justice to his premise, and what he came up with provoked only a small eh that s it , with the author emerging not carrying a torch of victory but clutching a straw view spoiler The whole notion that the earth was razed down and the inhabitants of the silos were kept in secret about the whole ordeal seemed to be the most obvious plot choice ever, and this is exactly what happens There are literally thousands New World Order conspiracies and this is just another one of them albeit not a very creative or surprising one It was Earth all along 45 years later hide spoiler I m not one to expound too much on low ratings, but I feel compelled to do so, here, given the high praise heaped on this book by other reviewers.That said, this will be spoilerific, so if you want out, now would be the time to bail Seriously I m going to spoil the hell out of this.Disclaimer I have absolutely nothing against indie publishers authors who choose to self publish This review has nothing to do with that.First, the things I liked about the book.The author is actually very good at pacing The book reads easily one might almost say effortlessly and you keep turning page after page to see how things come out.I think that, from a technical viewpoint, the author is not bad Nothing leaped out at me, as sometimes happens, to kick me out of the story because of some technicality of writing or style that reminded me, Hey, you re reading a book Some beautiful little turn of phrase or clever dialogue that made me focus on the words and not the story.I thought the main characters were likable, and I found myself caring what happened to them at every point This was, for me, the saving grace of the book.Now, if that were all I judged the books on, I would easily have given this 4 stars and moved on I was entertained But a couple of things just have to be said.First of all, I m not a psychologist, nor do I have any clinical understanding of the field But I couldn t help but notice that the people in this world don t behave like real people living in a real world We are told early on that none of the people banished to clean the lenses has ever EVER, in hundreds of years failed to do his or her duty before dying.Unless we re being lied to and that is a possibility, but if that s the case, then it was far too subtle for me to pick up on I find it highly improbable that not a single person would have failed to clean the lenses in hundreds of years I would not have cleaned them, and I don t think I m SO different from other people I would have thought, So long, suckers, I m going to head over toward that miraculous city over there Probably tinged with a little, You jerks kicked me out Why should I do you any favors Or maybe I would have frantically jumped up and down gesticulating wildly at the onlookers, trying to make them understand that they were being lied to.I had a real problem getting past that It seemed plausible right up to the point where you kind of started to figure out what was going on, and then with the least bit of thought about it, the premise just collapses.I read this on my Kindle so no skipping ahead After the main character of the first section dies, I thought, Oh, so that was kind of a prologue No problem Then I read the second part, where the mayor was the main characterand then SHE dies OK, I thought, angry, but willing to move on Then the third section opens with Juliette about to be sent out for cleaning, and we quickly find out that the deputy committed suicide, and I stopped reading for over a week, absolutely disgusted with the book This was at 23% in the Kindle I mentioned as much to a friend who had read the whole thing, and she told me that Juliette remained the main character for the remainder of the book.Had I not known this, I would have honestly stopped reading it right there It s too much Give me a character to hang onto from the beginning Don t yank the rug out from under me like that not once, not twice, but THREE times, and expect me to continue reading.The next time I almost stopped reading was when Bernard explained to Lukas how all the silos came to be It wasjust so contrived I mean, straight out of insane conspiracy theories about the New World Order In short, the US saw that it was in decline, and rather than just deal with that, the Ebil Gubmint decided that if they couldn t be in charge, no one ELSE could, either, so they literally made the surface of the entire planet uninhabitable and established the silos as a kind of Ark to preserve the species and their ideological way of life Why Because they re EBIL And they re the GUBMINT.WHAT Had this come earlier in the bookI would have stopped reading it and moved on to something else As it was, this came after I was invested in the characters of Juliette, Solo, Walker, Shirly, and Lukas So I kept reading to find out how it ended That, incidentally, is why I didn t give it 1 star I did get invested in the characters, and I did want to know what happened And, as I said, the pacing was marvelous.Speaking of getting investedJuliette risks her life to leave silo 17 and return to silo 18 I fully expected Lukas to die, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be Bernard But in spite of her promise to the inhabitants of silo 17, we are not shown that she mentions them AT ALL after her return to silo 18 At the end, in an epilogue, we are given a glimpse into what s going on in silo 17 as Solo is about to call Juliettebut we don t know if anyone in silo 18 was primed to receive the call For all the 17ians knew, Juliette died in the Outside She was, after all, out of commission for weeks while she healed from her burns.I was expecting Juliette s acceptance of the Mayorship to hinge on connecting 17 and 18 in the Down Deep and get some engineers over there to get 17 running again Butno.To be fair, perhaps this is the story for the sequel series, but it would have been nice for him to have at least followed up on this.One last thing that just bothered the crap out of me is resources It was stated that the silo complex was located near Atlanta, Ga There were mines and oil wells under the silo But I find it very difficult to believe that there is enough ore and oil in Georgia to sustain 50 silos for hundreds upon hundreds of years of constant mining and pumping I also found it very difficult to believe that in all that time, not even once did a wall collapse between the mines of adjacent silos.Anyway, that s enough My two stars are because I just can t accept the psychology, world building, physics, and math of the world I m being asked to accept And basing the entire premise on a loony conspiracy theory didn t help.I wanted to like this bookI m not sorry I finished reading it, but if someone had told me from the beginning that it was based in New World Order conspiracy theories, I would have passed. Bullet Review Good story, but OMG, did we REALLY need 500 pages to tell it So much of the story is just Juliette spending chapters getting into and out of clothes and airlocks, it was about ready to drive me nuts Could be a superb story minus about 200 pages.And because of that, it s doubtful I ll pursue the rest of the series There s a good internet saying for this tl drToo long didn t readSums up how I feel pretty well.Full Review It is some unspecified time in the future people live in silos, but they never talk about the circumstances of living in the silo If they do, they head out to clean the cameras viewing the miserable outdoor world Juliette takes over for the Sheriff, Holston, and quickly begins to uncover the secrets IT, led by Bernard, are hiding.This book got several good reviews from Goodreads friends, whose opinions I deeply trust This is what led me to the book this is what led me to choose this book for my Book Club book And while my gut churns just thinking this in light of their favorable opinions, I got mixed feelings about this book On one hand, it s got a fascinating story and was a great lesson for me to think about characters being non white see my Casting Review below On the other hand, it s soooooooo sloooooooow It seriously smarts of first author syndrome the detailing of Each and Every Action, no matter how important to the actual story.There were definitely great characters Juliette proved to me that you can have a female lead without relying 100% on the romance angle Other excellent nuanced characters include the slimy Bernard, Holston, Marnes, Peter, and Knox Lots of great characters it was evenfun for me because, instead of imagining each as a white dude or chick, I went out of my way to find non white actors and actresses for each role.As I mentioned above, the story and world building had a lot of promise I can t help but liken it to Justin Cronin s The Passage in this regard both are about isolated societies in a post apocalyptic world I liked learning how the society was, even though there were plenty of details that made no sense such as young, healthy people treating several stories as a huge deal when they ve lived their ENTIRE LIVES on stairs It felt like a dystopia not like the fauxtopias that are all the rage these days.But really, what really kept me from liking it, what is holding back all the stars is the fact the book is too damned slow This is best exemplified in the second short story where the entire plot is Marnes and Jahns descending and ascending the stairs Yes, there is character development going on Yes, it does build the world But seriously, 100 pages for this Absolutely not.And this never really improves over the course of the novel Howey spends whole chapters on Juliette flailing through airlocks and removing or putting on clothes Again, really I understand trying to detail his surroundings, but it quickly goes overboard.As I was trying desperately to finish this before the new year, I agonized over something why was I eager to continue Justin Cronin s equally slow Passage trilogy but considering giving up Howey s Wool series Both are slow, both don t seem to go anywhere so why one and not the other And then I remember yes, The Passage was slow and boring in places, but the first 250 pages were AWESOME I devoured them They didn t wallow in the characters every detailed movement from one room to the other They didn t spend huge chapters just entering an airlock Stuff happened.So, while this is a decent book, I won t be continuing the series I ve heard it just gets slower anddragged out, and if I ever plan on making a dent in my To Read list, I need to start figuring out what books to read and which to let go.Now, that isn t to say this is a terrible book that everyone should avoid It just means be prepared for a very, VERY slow pace.Casting Review Because I have no life and am trying to get over my white privilege bias, I wanted to visualize actors for these characters, with an emphasis on non white actors Give me a hand Holston Jaime FoxxAllison Lucy LiuJahns Phylicia Rashad I totally didn t think I could find someone other than maybe Diane Keaton or Sigourney Weaver for this part, because of the age, but Phylicia fits how I think of Jahns Marnes Avery Brooks Thanks to Julia for this one Bernard Paul Giamatti Thanks to Julia for this one Juliette Michelle Rodriguez OK, I don t see Juliette looking exactly like THIS pic but this pic is AWESOME Lukas Max Mingehella Thanks Rachel BAVR and Becky Peter Billings Ideas Anthony MackieScottie Justin LongKnox Tom Hanks with beard beard is a MUST McLain Helen Mirren she popped into my head from the first Solo Michael Ealy Thank you, Rachel BAVR , for this excellent selection Marck Chiwetel Ejiofor Not sure if he should be Marck, but he DEFINITELY needs to be cast in this movie Dude is awesome Shirly Gina TorresWalker Kris Kristofferson Thanks to Blade I canNOT think of anyone else as Walker but Kris.Jenkins Kal Penn A bit of a strange one, but I m thinking of his character from the TV series, House Smart, but also completely overwhelmed and underexperienced.Normally, I don t do these sorts of things, but in this case, I thought, hey, why not Also, post images of who YOU think should be each of the major ish characters h Outstanding WOOL began its life as a self published short novella in July of 2011 That s hard to believe I feel like I ve been hearing about this thing for ages and ages So I m late to the party, but not that late Due to excited reader response over WOOL 1, author Hugh Howey quickly released the next four parts in the series Then came along this Omnibus which collects Parts 1 5 There is now a 2013 edition with a great new cover that features a blurb by none other than Justin Cronin, author of The Passage In a few short years, Howey has given all struggling writers out there toiling away at their craft in obscurity real hope Word of mouth among bloggers and enthusiastic readers on sites likeand Goodreads has the potential to lift the curse of invisibility from self published works so that they may find their way to audiences who will love them Never before have the barriers between author and reader been so few, the access so direct No longer are authors strictly dependent on big publishing houses to discover them and deem their work important enough to go to market accompanied by a sexy publicity campaign Authors and readers are doing it for themselves, and I for one think it s a beautiful thing I love everything about this story I love the details of the world building, I love the characters, I love the shifting points of view, I love the slow burn when you re not sure what is going on When it became clear to me exactly what was going on I love that I wasn t disappointed For a post apocalyptic story trodding very familiar science fiction territory, it still feels fresh The author definitely gives it his own spin.I love that the stakes are so high I love that the author is patient and in control of his narrative That he doesn t reveal too much too soon That he understands the relationship between tension and release All of that to say, I love that the writing is so strong and capable I ve read too much self published stuff where the prose is inexcusably sloppy Howey s writing is the exact opposite of sloppy It s polished Its engine hums The shoes are shiny and it s wearing a tie It s ready to take home to mom Finally, I love Juliette She s Ellen Ripley, Katniss Everdeen, and Dana Scully all rolled up into one She s got brains and courage and heart and a will made of iron There s a lot of under developed, underwhelming dystopian fiction kicking around out there these days WOOL leaves those attempts in its dust It s worth your time Trust me Book trailer available here Hugh Howey paints a world, or what is left of one post apocalypse, with an eye for detail that is easily visualized one that you can descend into and inhabit.This is epic storytelling, told with a taut hand on the tiller, controlling the pace and direction, allowing the reader to uncover truths together with the many, care worthy, relatable characters that populate this place I blinked a couple of times and found myself entrenched in this world And it all seems so effortless, the narrative flows, the voices are real, the soup thickens and the heroine Jules is absolutely kick ass, with a mechanics cool composure confident in her analytical ability to fix anything, determined to maintain that which is not broken Stroke it or strike it She rocks I m telling you I climbed those stairs from down deep, round and round, to up top, with these people, legs cramping, heart pounding in my ears, breathless and shaken from the trip And every time I thought I knew where I was going, Howey held his grip firm on that tiller and took me someplace else I laboured over the details, peeking in at the players, letting the pressure build, scarfing down every morsel offered, thumbing the pages, ingesting the words Yum.I LOVED IT Note Read the omnibus containing all five parts. Forget Wool This should have been called Forge.Writing that s a power punch to the gut Direct, slow build of heat, singeing as it suddenly roars into flame A world that feels solid, heavy, hard edged, soldered with characters that are heated and molded into something new This isn t knitting a scarf so much as forging a steel chain.I absolutely love the character of Juliette, determined, essentially elemental, a person that rocks my character world I love how all her metaphors are mechanical ones, problems and solutions both Even though I m completely tool impaired, her thinking was relatable, a clear schematic of sense But as Bernard s footsteps receded she felt a new resolve steel her nerves It was like encountering a rusted bolt that refused to budge Something about that intolerable stiffness, that reluctance to move, set Juliette s teeth on edge She had come to believe that there was no fastener she culdn t unstick, had learned to attack them with grease and with fire, with penetrating oil and with brute strength p 132.But as organized and mechanistic as Juliette is in her world, by no means is she limited in her range of emotion She had made the same choices as an adult, to love without sanction, and so her hypocrisy waskeenly felt p.137 Howey has a gift for understated prose, and the writing was one of pleasures of the book With clear, straightforward language he captures subtlety of emotion and action The funeral scene just about made me weep But then, the lowering of the body and the plucking of ripe fruit just above the graves was meant to hammer this home The cycle of life is here It is inescapable It is to be embraced, cherished, appreciated One departs and leaves behind the gift of sustenance, of life We are born, we are shadows, we cast shadows of our own, and then we are gone All anyone can hope for is to be remembered two shadows deep p.158 I absolutely loved all the little connections linking the sections I was particularly fond of the shadow imagery and the chain imagery A moment in the uprising solidly hit the connection It startled Knox, this sudden link to a mysterious past And it wasn t that terribly long ago, was it Less than two hundred years He imagined, if someone lived as long as Jahns had, or McLain for that matter, that three long lives could span that distance Three handshakes to go from that uprising to this one p.321 One of my only complaints is view spoiler how easily everyone in the rebellion made the adjustment to the mental gymnastics of having been manipulated, and their innovation the guns and bombs, in particular, seemed odd in a culture that seemed to be lacking them two sheriffs per 30 plus floors And being so ready to believe in Juliette s discovery I also had to wonder at the lack of agorophobia in going outside But I was willing enough to believe and it soon smoothed over hide spoiler This Omnibus Edition Collects The Five Wool Books Into A Single Volume It Is For Those Who Arrived Late To The Party And Who Wish To Save A Dollar Or Two While Picking Up The Same Stories In A Single PackageThe First Wool Story Was Released As A Standalone Short In July OfDue To Reviewer Demand, The Rest Of The Story Was Released Over The Next Six Months My Thanks Go Out To Those Reviewers Who Clad For Without You, None Of This Would Exist Your Demand Created This As Much As I DidThis Is The Story Of Mankind Clawing For Survival, Of Mankind On The Edge The World Outside Has Grown Unkind, The View Of It Limited, Talk Of It Forbidden But There Are Always Those Who Hope, Who Dream These Are The Dangerous People, The Residents Who Infect Others With Their Optimism Their Punishment Is Simple They Are Given The Very Thing They Profess To Want They Are Allowed Outside Alternate Cover For BXORA