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Ull (2012)

av Hugh Howey

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Serier: Silo Series (1), Wool (omnibus 1-5)

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6,7853811,417 (4.08)306
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.… (mer)
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wow! totally engrossing... the book goes lots of places and just keeps going and going and going...
really good!
off to read Shift! cannot think of leaving this world quite yet.
good good good! ( )
  asl4u | Jul 21, 2024 |
Nie

3.5
Interesting setting/world. I found some passage a bit slow and/or empty but others made up for it.
Some characters trait/plot bits felt somewhat expected/flat at times but not enough to stop me from reading
Overall nice ( )
  benoitjchevalier | Jul 20, 2024 |
This was a good read. There were some slow parts, and the reason I didn't rate it higher is because the flow of the story was a bit clunky, probably because the author wrote it as a serial novel, so it doesn't feel as cohesive as it could. But there were some very interesting moments here. The little hints, the peeks behind the curtain, that explain why people are living in an underground silo. Yes, the environment is wrecked, but somehow it is much more insidious that nuclear war. Although not explicitly stated, I get the impression that the designers wanted to create homogenous societies of people who all looked the same, if you catch my meaning here. Its really hard to not make comparisons to Fallout. I haven't played the games, but I have watched the series (I will probably watch Silo soon), but thematically, and superficially, they are similar stories. Wool, is a bit more serious, grounded, and with a smaller scale. Its a very individual-focused book. I'm not sure I liked the ending, it felt a little deus ex machina with one character, who had been given very little time on the page, making a major change. It came out of nowhere. The side characters had very little depth, they were mostly focused on their one trait. I hear books 2 and 3 are better written, so maybe someday I'll read those, but for now, this also satisfies a Reddit bingo square, Under the Surface, and I'm going to leave it there. ( )
  quickmind | Jul 4, 2024 |
Very fun, engaging read. Imaginative post-apocalyptic world with interesting characters. Good plot development and pacing. ( )
  eg4209 | Jul 3, 2024 |
Wool by Hugh Howey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


--- 2024 Re-read Review! ---
I first read Wool in 2014 (TEN YEARS AGO, WTF!) after I found it in a charity shop, and promptly devoured the whole trilogy. I’d been thinking about rereading them for a while, but then when I saw Apple TV had made an adaption I decided I had to revisit the books before I give that a watch!

It actually felt like an apt read as I’ve also been replaying Fallout 4 and obsessed with the
Fallout
tv series! Wool has a similar premised where people live in an underground locked vault, or silo in this case, after some kind of disastrous nuclear event that has left the outside an irradiated wasteland… Just without all the wacky weirdos!

The population of the silo live in a tightly controlled society based on the levels devoted to different occupations (supply, mechanical, IT etc). The only way to travel between levels is a giant staircase, a physically arduous task. Anyone who breaks the rules, the most important if which is questioning anything about the silo, risks being sent out “cleaning.” That is sent outside the vault, to clean the cameras that give them a view of the outside, before dying from radiation.

This is actually one of those books that is so good it’s hard to say much about it! It’s just great, it did everything I wanted.

The characters were good, I especially enjoyed Jules, and there is an intriguing conspiracy to unravel. It was originally self-published as short stories which might be why it never feels like it treads water, it’s fast paced and very tightly plotted. Chapters are relatively short which also makes is very easy to binge!

I’m not awarding 5 stars because I did find it lags for me a bit when the POV switches to the Mechanical conflict, mainly because I was so gripped by Jules I always wanted to get back to her. There are also some new characters that thrown in rather out the blue towards the end that didn’t have any payoff, and I was a bit confused by it.

One day we will get Apple TV again and I can’t wait to watch the TV adaption and see how they brought the silo and the staircase to life.

Read this review and more on my blog!

REVIEW SUMMARY
I LIKED
- A carefully conceived vision of a potential future of the human race that feels a little bit too possible!
- Fast paced plot with a compelling conspiracy mystery.
- Characters felt real and acted in believable ways.
- I also found it strikingly visual (I’d love to see the staircase).

I DIDN’T LIKE
- I enjoyed some POV more than others.
- Confused by the purpose of late addition characters who raised too many questions that had no answers.

--- Original 2014 Review ---
I'd been aware of this book as both an awesome science fiction story and a self-published success. Initially published in five parts through Amazon it very quickly built up a loyal following, large enough to warrant a publishing deal. I found it in a charity shop a couple of months ago so it made the way to the top of my To Read list! (Excellent haul that round of the charity shop, this gem and I got BioShock: Rapture in basically new condition!). Having now read it I can see how it captured an audience to quickly! It's brilliantly written, tightly plotted and a really intense read!

At some point in the undisclosed future (a few hundred years) humanity lives underground in silos because the surface of the Earth is a grey uninhabitable toxic wasteland. Society within the silo is tightly controlled with many rules. The most important is that you should never speak about leaving. If you express a desire to go outside then you will be sent outside for "cleaning." This means you are sent out in a suit and you clean the lenses on the cameras that project an image of the outside surfaces onto the walls of the cafeteria. Everybody sent out to clean dies, but they always clean the lenses first. Always. Even those that protest that they won't do it always do when they get outside. After the old Sheriff is sent out to clean (three years after his wife), the Mayor and the Deputy go down to the bottom levels of the silo to recruit a mechanic named Juliette to fill the position. Once she reluctantly accepts her curiosity about why her predecessor would choose to go outside, and she soon learns that asking too many questions is a dangerous thing to do.

Hugh Howey is a very imaginative and accomplished writer! Firstly, it’s such an original concept and yet somehow seems so.. possible. The mark of great science-fiction, my favourite kind anyway. The setting of the silo is very well written, it hardly takes any pages for you to feel like you know it and understand how it functions.. with just enough being a little bit “off” about it all. It also is definitely read best without any spoilers! Don’t ready anything that could contain a spoiler. There are lots and lots and little twists and turns.

The characters are multi-dimensional and believable, even if somebody seems little bit of a card board cut out, like Bernard who just reeks of "don't trust this guy", at the start eventually the layers will be peeled back. Juliette was an excellent heroine. It takes about two-thirds of the novel before she becomes the centre of the story and it all happens very organically. She's smart, an excellent mechanic, brave and very tough, resolute, full of integrity, kind and a good friend. She also still gets believably scared, terrified even. Her role in the story and the fate of the silo again happens very naturally and I'm a little in awe of how well plotted it all is. It's just effortless, the progression of events feel realistic in the way that it's a case of a sum of parts and not one particular person or revolutionary that kicks everything off alone.

There is a sense of the fact that so many little things aren't quite right about the way the silo functions, and then the way that tension begins to build - and it's so intense in places! - that events are inevitable. There is nothing you can do about human nature, we just aren't designed to live that way. I loved the fact that by the end of the novel when you have more of a picture of the situation humanity is facing, you realise that everything you had been wanting to happen up until then was the real danger to the survival of the silo. Perhaps there is a better way to run things, but at least the silo had been doing its job for hundreds of years up until then.

I'm really intrigued by this world! I've ordered the other two books. The next one is a prequel and I'm looking forward to finding out just how and why the silos came to be. I love this book.. honestly it's so intense! Intense the exactly the right word.

Also if you think the title is stupid.. which it initially sounds.. once you start reading it make a lot of sense!

Maybe more of a 4.5 than a straight 5 but I'm happy rounding up. It was really entertaining and very well written, with some excellent characters. If you've been thinking about reading this for a while, pick it up!



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  ImagineAlice | May 26, 2024 |
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The novel has been compared with the post-apocalyptic fiction of Cormac McCarthy and Justin Cronin, and is more character-driven than conventional sci-fi.
 

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He’d only ever seen a gun once, a smaller one on the hip of that old deputy, a gun he’d always figured was more for show. He stuffed a fistful of deadly rounds in his pocket, thinking how each one could end an individual life, and understanding why such things were forbidden. Killing a man should be harder than waving a length of pipe in their direction. It should take long enough for one’s conscience to get in the way.
We get no credit for being sane, do we? I get no credit, even from me. From myself. I hold it together and hold it together and I make it another day, another year.
He sounded flustered. Juliette watched him busy about the stove, his movements jerky and manic, and realized she was the one cloistered away and ignorant, not him. He had all these books, decades of reading history, the company of ancestors she could only imagine. What did she have as her experience? A life in a dark hole with thousands of fellow, ignorant savages? She tried to remember this as she watched him dig a finger in his ear and then inspect his fingernail
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This edition (often just titled "Wool") contains five short stories:
1) Holston
2) Proper Gauge
3) Casting Off
4) The Unraveling
5) The Stranded

Please do not combine it with the standalone short story titled "Wool".
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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.

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