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The Stranded (Silo #1E)

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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  5,220 ratings  ·  368 reviews
In July of 2011, a short story named WOOL was quietly released into the vast wilds of the Kindle Store. I never marketed this novelette; I failed to mention it on my website. What happened next was remarkable: People started reading it, and reviewing it, and talking about it.

There was never any intention to create a series. It wasn't until the demand for "more" became so g
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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 254 pages
Published January 14th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing
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CS
Well, that was...anticlimatic.

And sloppy.

And rushed.

And pretty much a waste of my time and my Kindle's storage space.

I rarely give books one stars. If the author manages to obey most of the rules of English grammar and spelling, I give him/her an extra star.

But this? While the English language wasn't mangled -- well, the sentence, "And he only distantly felt, but for a tremble of time, the end of him that came next" excepted -- this is such an obviously spit out and published before its time pie
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Nataliya
Well, I finally got to the end of this story. It was a good experience overall. An enjoyable read, great characters, well-executed premise, crisp writing, excellent pacing.

Howey is good at creating well-rounded, multifaceted, and well-developed characters. Juliette in particular is definitely one of my favorite female characters. She is level-headed, bright, practical, strong, and resourceful. Despite not being fleshed out until the 3rd installment, she is the ideal protagonist for this series.
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N.E. White
This review is for the first five of the WOOL series.


WOOL is AWESOME on 142 levels. They are so good, one must say as little as one can about them so that you don't ruin it for the new reader. With that, here's my review.

The WOOL series of short stories began as a stand alone tale that soon grew to five, well-received short stories that weave a dyspotian tale of human perseverance. Set in the distant future, the world outside is toxic. People live and die beneath the earth in silos. Except for
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Amy
Lately, I've come to the conclusion that there are too many writers whose friends and fan clubs don't have the cajones to tell them when their works have major problems. I very much enjoyed the novella that started this post-apocalyptic series, and I think I could have enjoyed the entire 5-book Omnibus much better if someone had bothered to tell the author some things:

1. It shouldn't take 2 days to go down 100 floors of stairs. You shouldn't need to load up canteens and stop halfway down for the
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Alison Gresik
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Sandhouse
I was too sick to read for very long periods and ended up reading this relatively short novel very slowly (besides, it had so much nail-biting action in it that my emotions couldn’t take more than a little bit at a time!). It was a great read. Howey didn’t disappoint his readers with a flop ending to the story of the silo(s). This final novel took the characters from Wool 4 and threw them into the most impossible circumstances and it seemed up until the end that a happy ending was out of the que ...more
Peter
Silo eighteen is at war. The mechanics have retreated to the lower depths of the silo and the mayor is willing to use lethal force to spare the few. He has entrusted Lukas with all of the secrets of the silo and expects him to execute the silo’s protocol regardless of the consequence.

Juliette, our fearless heroine, has found that she is not alone in neighboring silo seventeen. The lower levels are flooded and there is danger in her midst. Against impossible odds, she must save silo seventeen, st
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Lyndon
Wool 5 completes a well-developed story arc with ample room for more stories (prequels, sequels, and side stories) to satisfy the longing fans have shown and come to expect from this unique and intriguing post-apocalyptic series of novellas. While the "Wool Omnibus" provides readers with a complete reading experience, it is not a traditionally structured novel. It started out as a single short story and developed into a serial experience. Keep that in mind if you decide to read all five stories ...more
Wendy
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Vince
Hugh tells readers of his blog that this fifth and final novella in the Wool saga is some 5x longer than the original Wool. But by this point you've long since quit caring about the length, shrugged aside any doubts about paying the (ridiculously low) cost, and your attention is now fully consumed by his action-packed conclusion.

Felt Bernard was a bit of a stock bad-guy earlier - Bernard is developed and realized to the same formidable extent that Howey realizes all of his characters. With yet
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Ryan
When I saw this book was released I couldn't wait to purchase it. Like the other four volumes the writing was exceptional and the story top notch. I thought this would be the last installment of the series but boy was I wrong. Every question you had leading up to 5 will be answered, and by the time you finish reading dozens more will arise. Mr. Howey is currently working on volume nine (according to his web site) so I must conclude by saying, hurry up and get these stories finished and released ...more
Coleen Cloete
Nearly did not go to sleep last nigth. Started the book yesterday morning and could not put it down. Went to bed still thinking about how it is going to end, and hoping the next one is being released soon....

I really got so sucked into this book, at some points (and those of you that have read the book already whould know what I mean) I literally struggled to breath. I tried to breath on behalf of Juliette at some point. It was so hectic so real.

This was my favorite one of the series. It just g
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Jason
4 Stars

4.5 Stars for the whole series.

Even though this is the longest book in the series, I felt that it made less of an impact of the previous 4 novels.

The ending becomes clear fairly early on in this book but there is still a cool twist or two.

I loved the way the whole story came together. This is a well thought out and provoking post apocalyptic novel that I can easily give my Highest Recommendations. Hugh Howey is a great author and I will now eagerly seek out more from him.
Robert Brumm
This 5 star review isn't necessarily for Wool 5 alone but for the whole story overall. Wool 5 is a satisfying finish to a wonderfully crafted story that inspires the imagination and creeps into your thoughts when you're not reading it. Well done Hugh. You should be proud of what you accomplished and I know you are. Take some time off, work on some other projects, and take comfort knowing fans like me will be ready for more when you're ready to share it with us. Congrats buddy. Excellent job. ~RB
Princess
AMAZING! What an awesome way to end the series. I literally found Wool less then a week ago and could not stop reading! (I was ecstatic when I found I was just in time for the release of the final book- and that publishing was bumped up 2 weeks). I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a short, innovative and creative dystopia read.
Jeremy Jones
Wow! Hugh Howey does it again! I only found the Wool novels last week and they've really been a good read. This latest work really peaks my interest into the silo universe. I highly recommend this series. Well done.
Haley
Fantastic conclusion to this series.
poiboy
Wool #5 The Stranded Drinking Game!!..
Take a drink every time a character tilts their head or dips their chin as a reaction. I guarantee you by the end of this book you will be heavily intoxicated. Seems ‘tilting’ is the only non-verbal response that the people of the silo know. lol

Book five of the series continues the three interlocking perspective plot that was effectively introduced in book four. I think perhaps too many people complained that the first four books were not descriptive enough,
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Jessica Edmiston
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Michelle (meshe)
loved loved loved this series of books. I so want more. Please Mr. Howey, I want to know what happens next. And in the other silos especially with Solo and the kids in Silo 17. There are so many stories still to tell and I can't wait to read them.

A friend recommended the series and I bought the omnibus without really knowing what the book was about. After the first very short installment I was hooked. My only complaint was that there just wasn't enough of it. I quickly read #2 and so on. By boo
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Sara
I am not one to divulge plot, give spoilers, or spend most of my reviews recapping the book (not sure why people feel compelled to do this, its sort of annoying). I like to just tell people whether or not I enjoyed a book and why. So, with that said...I have been reading the 'Wool' series over the last few weeks and became totally engrossed. Hugh Howey has crafted a series that is both entertaining and mysterious...drawing you into his dark, unclean future version of Earth and the people of Silo ...more
Wade McGinnis
Excellent conclusion to the epic Wool series. As a loyal reader who anticipated each volume in this series as they were released, I was very satisfied with the ending/beginning of this story. I can't recommend it enough! I was a bit nervous that the author would (SPOILER ALERT) kill off my favorite character, but apparently the author wanted to personally thank me for being such a loyal fan.

There were many times during this final volume I felt the urgency and danger our characters were in - so
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Marshall
I can't say enough about how much I like Hugh Howey's Wool series. He has done something genuinely interesting, in the literal sense of the term, both with the story and the way it came to be published. The writing is consistently good in the quiet sense of getting out of its own way and not trying to show off, and the whole premise is excellent. If I have a minor quibble, it's with character development: I feel maybe half a step further removed from these people than I would like to be. But thi ...more
H3dakota
Fantastic conclusion to the series! Howey has created a world that I truly hope he continues to write stories about, because the possibilities are endless here! I think the scariest part of this series is that you can so easily see this world becoming a reality some day. I can't wait to hear more about silo 18 and silo 17 soon. With there being so many silos, this series could go on for a very long time indeed. :)

We have answers to so much in this story, where to begin? I think it's best not to
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Mrs Johnnie Tate
AH! ~deep sigh~ An excellent well written ending to this swim into Mr. Howey's apocalyptic world. The story resolves itself well leaving room should he wish to continue the series yet leaving the reader content the time peeking into the Silo (further references redacted to avoid Spoilers)is complete for this portion of the Silo history.
I can sleep now. Perchance to dream of a winding metal circular stair . . .
Sarah
Juliette and Lukas struggle through the revolution in their respective silos. Plot twists more compelling and surprising than the last four stories, but oh my goodness, the descriptions of getting in the suit, out of the suit, in the water, out of the water, out the door, in the door, through the air, up the stairs, whatever, were so absolutely dragging. A nice uplifting end, but it didn't quite fit.
Julian Dye
The five stars is for the whole Wool series. I still think Wool (1) is my favourite book in the series, with the initial introduction to the silo and cleaning, but initially gave that four stars as it felt a bit unfinished. Now, after the fifth instalment that wraps things up nicely, I think it deserves five. Looking forward to reading more of Hugh's books in the future.
Crystal
Major letdown and incredibly disappointing ending to a pretty good series. I enjoyed each book and was anxious to see how the author wrapped it up. I was so disappointed and would not read another book by this author, since this one was so popular and I didn't care for the way it ended.
Tania
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Netanella
First paragraph: Marck stumbled down the great stairway, his hand sliding against the cool railing, a rifle tucked under his arm, his boots slipping in blood. He could barely hear the screams all around him: the wails from the wounded as they were half-dragged down the steps, the horrified cries from the curious crowds on every landing who witnessed their passage, or the shouts of promised violence from the men chasing him and the rest of his mechanics from level to level.

The conclusion of the W
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I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified
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“What we control," Juliette said, "is our actions once fate puts us there.” 17 likes
“And Lukas would tell them to be good to each other, that there were only so many of them left, and that all the books and all the stars in the universe were pointless with no one to read them, no one to peer through the parting clouds for them.” 2 likes
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