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Silo (Silo, Tome 1) av Hugh Howey
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Silo (Silo, Tome 1) (urspr publ 2012; utgåvan 2016)

av Hugh Howey (Auteur)

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

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5,1083191,578 (4.1)270
An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.… (mer)
Medlem:Haubruge
Titel:Silo (Silo, Tome 1)
Författare:Hugh Howey (Auteur)
Info:Le Livre de Poche (2016), 744 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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A post-apocalyptic novel, where the remaining people live in a "closed system," terms a Silo. While very highly rated, this book fell short for me. Many things not explained (e.g., how the planet got wrecked, who constructed the silos) and other things overly explained or described. To maintain order, people with questions are released on the surface, where they quickly die ("cleansed.") Society is stratified, with professionals at the top, followed by techies, farmers, with the mechanics in the basement. When the sheriff follows his wife being cleansed, his assistant and the Mayor, descend to recruit a creative, free-spirit mechanic (Juliette) as successor. While she is a solid character, she is inconsistent and needs support from others, especially a techie acquaintance. The villain Bernard is all about power and keeping secrets, but again we see little of his motivation.
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I loved this book. It grabbed me from the first paragraph and didn't let go. I think that the two aspects of the story that really worked for me were the characters and plot. I found the characters to be realistic and sympathetic - after all if you're going to be spending time with them, it should be pleasant! I also liked the way the plot unfolded. As the characters move along, you learn more and more about what's really going on - no "infodump". A great read - highly recommended. ( )
  MarcHutchison | Jul 11, 2021 |
Wool was one of the first books I'd ever heard of to be self published on Amazon and make it big. It was released as 5 separate short stories in the same larger story that make up Wool Omnibus -- a tale of life in a silo in a apocalyptic world. The pace and way the narrator reveals the mysteries of the world was extremely well done Never did I feel like something was being hidden from me without reason -- but only that it would be revealed later once the main characters learned what was happening. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Living proof that unoriginal need not mean uninteresting, and that writers are capable of improving their prose with astonishing speed when they put their minds to it. These days you can't walk through a science fiction section without tripping over stacks of dystopian post-apocalyptic novels; quite why people are so eager to read about the collapse of the most comfortable civilization in world history I'm not really sure, but Howey's effort is worth a read for its accelerating pace, sympathetic characters, absorbing plot, and faithful adherence to all the well-loved conventions of the post-nuclear war society-in-ruins subgenre.

Wool has a number of obvious predecessors and influences: Walter Miller's A Canticle For Liebovitz, Christopher Priest's The Inverted World, Mordechai Roshwald's Level 7, Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, the film Dr. Strangelove, and of course the Fallout video game series (maybe toss in the 2300 AD timeline of Chrono Trigger for good measure). That's fine with me; I liked all of those, and Howey diligently hits all the right notes: grim atmosphere, solid action scenes, shadowy government conspiracies, meditations on What's the Point of Living, and so forth. The series originally began as a single short story, with later stories written to fill demand after the first one blew up. In the first few stories there are the awkward signs of a writer struggling to find his voice, like the occasional over-obvious metaphor, inconsistent dialect, or minor world-building details (what's the deal with the barely-mentioned priesthood; is a society of a few thousand people at most really capable of manufacturing complicated computer equipment involving lots of rare elements; does it really commonly take people multiple days to ascend/descend barely more flights of stairs than are in a modern skyscraper?), but Howey's writing improves rapidly as his vision expands in the later installments.

The first story centers on Holston, the diligent chief law enforcer in a Silo-based underground society after an unspecified global catastrophe. A few years earlier his wife had figured out some vague yet dark secret about the Silo's past, and was sentenced to death by having to clean the lenses of the sensor cameras on the surface, the outside environment being so toxic that a few minutes' exposure is lethal. I confess that the whole ritual of death-by-cleaning instead of just shooting troublemakers seems like more trouble than it's worth for the authorities - and in fact it certainly turns out to be - but I guess it's a fairly effective symbol of deterrence for the masses. He's still haunted by the cryptic clues his wife gave him before her death, and he's unable to leave well enough alone. After the conclusion of his story, the next focuses on a power struggle his actions have created between Jahns, the Silo's mayor, and Bernard Holland, the head of the Silo's IT department who becomes the main antagonist for the rest of the series (is making the head of IT the nominal villain some kind of veiled jab at something in Howey's real-life job?). The final three stories revolve around Juliette, a lower-level mechanic who's quickly promoted and then demoted after the turmoil of the previous two stories, and her love interest Lukas, as Holland tries to maintain order in society and prevent the Silo's mission of preserving humanity from being compromised. The ending of the final story is violent yet ultimately optimistic.

After the first story I was ready to write the series off as workmanlike at best and derivative at worst, but I give Howey credit for gradually expanding the scope of his world in a way that held my attention. None of the characters are particularly iconic, yet their periodic revelations about the true nature of the world they're in fit in well with their personalities, and their abilities in the action scenes seem plausible. Speaking of action scenes, Howey manages to make them tense without descending into video game-type description (you know the kind: press Circle to retrieve Radio Transmitter, hit Square L2 to repair Environment Suit, mash D-pad to escape the Water Level). The motivations of the shadowy Figures In Charge for constructing the Silo and maintaining it might seem crazy at first glance, but in truth they're hardly any crazier than the real-life nuclear strategies of the US and USSR during the Cold War. I would have liked for more detail on the rhythms of life in the Silo though; even though the second story is slow enough for plenty of rumination by Mayor Jahns, I would have liked for more details on the customs and mores that would have evolved by a thousand-ish people trapped in a space the size of a large shopping mall over a few hundred years. Yet something about Howey's writing, never flashy, was compelling enough to keep me invested in Juliette's efforts all the way through, so I think most any fan of books set after a nuclear holocaust should be well-satisfied by this solid example of the genre. Howey has written both a sequel series and a prequel series that I might check out. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Finished the book last night and I enjoyed it. I wouldn't say it was the best book ever but it was a good read and kept me wanting more. It is is set up to be the first in a series, however I think you can read this book and stop and be just fine. There are some cliff hangers at the end, but that doesn't bother me too much. I haven't read a ton of science fiction books so I don't have a lot to compare it too I have discovered though that I much prefer book where it is about the people living in the future and not so much about the technology and this book fits that mold ( )
  klrabbit58 | May 3, 2021 |
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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.
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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An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

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