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In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group's rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.
Publisher: New York : Simon Schuster 2013, c2012.
ISBN: 9781476735115
Characteristics: 539 pages ;,23 cm.


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Dec 17, 2016

Excellent science fiction! Knowing something of the plot beforehand, I went into this novel fearing it would be too similar to the popular dystopian video game series "Fallout", which also deals with humans living in vaults after the end of the world. Thankfully, that was about where the similarities end. The book also has a strong, independent female lead, which is rare in dystopian science fiction.

The first book gets the reader acquainted with the basics of life in the silo, and focuses on Juliette, a low level mechanic thrust into the political life of the silo, and stumbling upon a murderous conspiracy.

The second book in the series is both a prequel and a sequel, and takes place in a different 'location' than the first. The final book completes the story and connects the first two books. After reading each book, I felt like I needed to 'digest' what was happening before moving on with the story. This book and series were great reads.

Nov 28, 2016

Brilliant. I would not say I am a huge science fiction fan but I absolutely loved this book as it was believable and fast paced.

Oct 03, 2016

What an amazing read! I loved how he was able to create such an in-depth world with richly outlined characters in a single book. As you read it you can literally see the world inside the silo and get a sense of what it must be like to trap inside.

JCLDebbieF Sep 21, 2016

This book is an excellent and unique take on a post-apocalyptic earth.

Jun 05, 2016

I found this tale believable not only as a possible reality for our future on earth but allegorically speaking as well. From the very beginning one of the characters warns that everything they have been told about the outside world is a lie. While we may not have to live in a silo to protect ourselves from a poisoned planet yet, I do believe most of what we are fed by our government and media is basically a lie and part of the cradle to grave programming we are inundated with to keep us pacified, consuming, working and uniformed. It reminds me of a Roger Waters lyric, "We watched the tragedy unfold. We did as we were told we bought and sold." I love that just like the characters in the book, after 510 pages I still know very little about how or why what is left of the entire population has been crammed into 47 giant silos. Hugh has definitely piqued my curiosity and I have to find out how this horrific, dystopian future came about. I have a feeling it might have something to do with a nightmare tranhumanistic or biological warfare.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

If you're lucky enough to get pulled into this story at the beginning, you'll be hooked through the end. A strong sci-fi post-apocalyptic page turner.

Jan 26, 2016

This is one of those books that can't be put down once you start it. Great writing style, great characters and overall very good storyline. The other two books of the series are equally a must read!

Kereesa Jan 04, 2016

Highly recommended for post apocalyptic fans.

Dec 20, 2015

This would be an inexpensive film to make because it takes place in a confined space with few main characters and is driven instead by a slow plot. Not unrealistic like the film Snowpiercer. It reminded me a little of Logan's Run.

DevilStateDan Jul 14, 2015

This book starts brilliantly & keeps you up late, turning pages & wanting more!
Great characters (with flaws) & a truly fascinating dystopian/fantasy world.
I was very excited to get my hands on the next book in the series; SHIFT.
This book took care of #ReadATrilogy (book1) for my #2015ReadingChallenge

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