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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.
©2012 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By virginia on 10-26-14

Excellent story, ridiculous narration

I am always happy to find a new series of books to keep me busy for all of the driving and walking I do, and this kept me interested throughout the entire story. I love the author's vision of an underground society, and the trip to the down-deep by the mayor and deputy, while a slower part of the book, was a great way to describe the makeup of the silo in a more dynamic way than just a narrative description which would have taken too long. The plot twists were well timed, the characters interesting and there was just enough left out to make you want to continue with the next book "Shift" which I will be reading next.

Unfortunately, the narration for many of the character voices was horrendous. I read about narration problems in the reviews, but when I listened to the sample (in both versions of this book) I thought "well that isn't so bad".... of course, because there is no dialogue in any of the samples. Good thinking, Audible, I wouldn't want potential buyers of the book to hear the cringeworthy voice of Bernard, which is a cross between Paul Lynde and Edward G Robinson, or the Minnie Mouse voice of half the female characters. For other males she makes the same mistake as many other female narrators doing male voices... she tries to sound like a man rather than just using a lower version of her normal speaking voice. The result, for characters like Lucas and Holsten, is the voice of a man who has just been punched in the stomach. It is a shame because it takes away from what would otherwise be a very enjoyable and interesting book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lore on 06-16-17

An apocalyptic tale done right.

With the Earth in a state of ruin, mankind has retreated to living underground where a dystopian society has evolved to ensure continued existence. The inhabitants of the underground silo know that their self contained ecosystem is a fragile balance so they must dole out harsh consequences to anyone who disobeys the rules. These people have lived underground for generations and know nothing of how they got there or why the outside world is so inhospitable; however, they do know that crimes are punished by being sent outside through the single airlock at the top of the silo. The world outside is so toxic that even their best protective suits offer only offer a couple of minutes of life, yet everyone sentenced to die this way is asked to perform a vital service to the rest of the silo before they perish - a cleaning of the external sensors. Would you do such a favor for those who sentenced you to die?

Being sent out of the airlock is known as a "Cleaning" and it has become a weird combination of mourning and celebration for the silo. Leading up to a Cleaning the entire silo is abuzz with discussions about whether or not the person will actually clean the sensors. Amazingly, as far back as everyone can remember, all individuals so punished have indeed cleaned the sensors before walking off and dying. These deaths are witnessed by everyone watching through view screens that provide a much improved image due to the newly cleaned sensors. Why does everyone clean? Even those who swear ahead of time that their sentence is unjust and vow not to clean do indeed wind up cleaning when they get outside. Why is that? 

This mystery, and many others, are what makes this tale of the apocalypse so intriguing and Hugh Howey does a masterful job of slowly peeling back the onion and revealing this bizarre society in which the main characters live. The various rules of the silo, along with the mechanisms that make the society work, are slowly revealed along the way and each step adds another piece to an oddly compelling puzzle. Originally self-published on Amazon as a 5 part serial publication this omnibus edition is all 5 stories together in a single novel and certainly worth listening to. If you enjoy this book then you can continue on with the rest of the series and find out how the world became the way it is and why the rules are the way they are.

The narration is done by Amanda Sayle and she does an decent job bringing this unique story to life. Be warned that some of her voices can be annoying, surprising they are female character voices, but they are lesser characters so I was able to get past that and enjoy her reading overall. This book left me very intrigued and eager to move onto the second book, Shift.

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