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The silo has appointed a new sheriff. Her name is Juliette, and she comes not from the shadows of deputies, but from the depths of the down deep.But what does being a mechanic have to do with upholding the law? And how will she be able to concentrate on the silo's future when she is surrounded by the ghosts of its past?Before she can even settle in, the whirring gears of tThe silo has appointed a new sheriff. Her name is Juliette, and she comes not from the shadows of deputies, but from the depths of the down deep.But what does being a mechanic have to do with upholding the law? And how will she be able to concentrate on the silo's future when she is surrounded by the ghosts of its past?Before she can even settle in, the whirring gears of the silo begin to grind anew. Things aren't right. And the people whose help she most needs are gone.If Juliette isn't careful, she'll soon be among them....

Title : Casting Off
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ISBN : 13202200
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 122 Pages
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Casting Off Reviews

  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    2018-10-22 11:22

    Amazing, freaking amazing. Now that all that world building is out of the way, the author can focus on the plot. And what a plot it is, there's mystery brewing in the silos, suspicion of a greater force at work causing a line of deaths that constantly keep happening..Great commendations for Hugh Howey's work, a short, concise, lyrical masterpiece. Even the most mundane parts of everyday life is painted beautifully, placing you right there in the desolate life of being trapped in a silo. Each of these novellas have so far has featured a different protagonist, their internal dialogue ringing true and tying you deep into their character. A minor warning for those who pick this one up - you'll want to have the rest close at hand because this one ends with a whopping cliffhanger. First thing I did was jump onto Amazon and purchase the next one. If you're a fan of sci-fi, dystopia, or just excellent self-published works, Wool is definitely for you.Check out Happy Indulgence for more reviews!

  • Caro M.
    2018-10-28 10:50

    Nothing ever changes. IT guys are evil!The story just hit its best, can't wait to read the rest.

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2018-11-10 11:49

    Wool : The Circle of Life at Warp-Speed.Wool : Where Knowing is NOT Half the BattleWool : Ignorance Really is BlissWool : Proving That You're Never as Smart as You Think You AreNot only have my questions gone unanswered, but now I have new questions. Thanks Mr. Howey, I appreciate it. I don't even know if that's sarcasm coming out or not.This series of shorts is one big mind trip. I have no idea how so much is packed into so little space; it's quite crazy. But come ON - is anyone going to catch a break? Ever?!? Reviewing the Wool episodes is darn near impossible. I probably had the most to say about Wool 1 when I was still new to this brand of madness. Now, I've been around the block a couple of times and it's still not old hat, even if the cycle keeps repeating itself. I just hope that someone figures out how to do something. Don't ask me what something is. I don't even know what needs to be done or if anything can be done. That's the brilliance of what's going on here. Who the hell knows?Juliette might be my favorite character so far but I also liked Lukas, her new friend who introduced her to the stars."One," she told him. She was almost breathless from the newness of the sight. She knew what stars were - they were a part of her vocabulary - but she'd never seen one before.Unrelated to my review but...Bernard, you're an ahole. DIAF, k thanks.To anyone who's read up through Wool 3 : (view spoiler)[ Juliette still alive? I'm thinking no she's not... but she went further than anyone else! Her suit was modified secretly? (hide spoiler)]

  • David Sven
    2018-11-07 12:46

    And the plot thickens in this 3rd book of the Wool Omnibus as Juliette suspects foul play in the latest deaths in the Silo. Things just aren't adding up and IT seems to be at the heart of it. Fantastic tension and suspense and a pretty amazing revelation at the end. Howey continues with his knitting terminology in the titles. In knitting, "casting off" is where you tie of the loose ends when you've finished your knitting session so that the creation you are working on doesn't unravel. Tantalisingly, the next book is titled "The Unravelling." Very good Howey. But in this book, the way loose ends are tied off (ie Casting off), is to send them to "Cleaning." Of course all those sent to cleaning are usually quite happy to oblige with scrubbing the cameras after that nice view they get through the helmet's visor. If only a "cleaner" knew about the helmet BEFORE they are sent out. Somebody in the silo is very determined to ensure that never happens.5 stars

  • Nataliya
    2018-10-20 14:28

    As the story expands, the world of Wool gets more fleshed out and more fascinating. I love Juliette; it is very nice to see a well-written female character by a male author (it happens way less often than I'd like). The writing is crisp. The atmosphere in the silo is bleak and suffocating, the tension is palpable, and the suspense builds up constantly. The pacing is great, and the action picks up nicely from the previous installment. The tone is quite different from the first novella, the one that sucked me into the series -less of a haunted feel and more of a suspense - but I still enjoyed it immensely. Unlike some other series I have read, it feels that the author has a good vision of where his story is headed and is not in danger of losing control over the story arc.The ending of this one is great. Immediately moving on to the next installment. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this series!

  • J.R.
    2018-10-31 12:50

    The Wool series keeps getting better and better, with this installment bringing the series into full five star range. Three books in, there is only so much you can say in a review at this point... the people who like the series will continue to like the series and the people who haven't read the series will go check out the reviews for #1/#2. Suffice it to say, this is my favorite book in the series thus far and I eagerly started in on Wool 4 the next day without skipping a beat. In general, I've really been enjoying the world Hugh created... it almost has a LOST type feel to it. I'm look forward to more!

  • Tara♥
    2018-10-20 10:47

    How 'Casting Off' went for me. I am loving this. LOVING!!!! My biggest issue is that I'm listening to this while walking so therefore I'm doing all the above in public. Plus side to this is that people are actively avoiding my space while I walk so, SCORE!! Minnie Goode the narrator is just fucking awesome and I can't recommend the audio enough. The voices are totally distinguishable, once I got used to the 'voice acting' it just started getting better and better. She is currently narrating everything I read in my head now. So that's nice. I'm kind of crushing on her to tell the truth!!

  • Kay
    2018-11-03 14:21

    As with all other Wools before this, the narrative was engaging, the world building was evocative, and the plotting was deliberate. Nothing felt forced or contrived. Also, as with the previous Wools, the tone of this novella was unique. The language was more direct and deliberate, compared to the Wool 1's haunted feel or Wool 2's more reflective tone. My only criticism is that I didn't connect with the main character as much as I did in the two previous books. Despite her hard working nature, I found her a little naive and slow to catch onto IT's devious plotting. Overall, this was a great story and a welcome journey back into the silo. 3.5 to 4 stars for this novella, and highly recommended for sci-fi/post-apocalyptic fiction fans who are not quite yet ready to commit to a long novel.

  • Peter Cawdron
    2018-11-07 13:29

    Love it, especially the ending...Wool is science fiction in the human sense, asking "what if?" a small colony survived for hundreds of years beyond some unimaginable Armageddon, isolated underground in a silo? What rules for life would they need to maintain? What challenges would they face from the past? What new social controls would there be to maintain order and keep people in place? And how would the natural effervescent of mankind rise up against that?

  • Daiva
    2018-11-03 15:41

    If someone asked me to describe 'Casting off' or whole series (so far) I would not know where to begin. So that's why I think this quote (from this particular part) can explain it for me:“It would be like telling someone what sex felt like, or an orgasm. Impossible. But once you felt it yourself, you could then imagine varying degrees of this new sensation.” In other words, you need to read it yourself. And let's just say... if the story pulls you in, there's no backing out.

  • Jason
    2018-11-04 11:27

    5 StarsThis was probably my favorite book in the series. In this third novel, our real main hero is finally fleshed out. She is an amazing, strong, and smart woman named Juliette. She is a Mechanic / Sheriff / Mechanic ... and more. Her dedication to the workings of the machines of the Silo, and thus the people of the Silo make her a natural star.I loved how her story quickly spirals into chaos. With it we are given more back story, additional characters, and possibly some romance too. The politics come front and center in this book as does the depth of the control and deception from up top.================================================="And that’s when Juliette realized what she must do. A project to pull the wool back from everyone’s eyes, a favor to the next fool who slipped up or dared to hope aloud. And it would be so easy. She wouldn’t have to build anything herself—they would do all the work for her. All it would take would be some convincing, and she was mighty good at that.She smiled, a list of parts forming in her head as the broken impeller was removed from the faulty pump. All she would need to fix this problem was a replacement part or two. It was the perfect solution to getting everything in the silo working properly once more."The series becomes Juliette's story and I was glad for it.A great addition to the series...I could not wait to read more.

  • Učitaj se!
    2018-10-18 14:43

    U 3. dijelu ovog distopijskog SF-a ulazi i malo kriminalističke priče. Novoimenovana šerifica Juliette nabrzinu se mora uhodati u posao, a misli da će to najbolje učiniti proučivši što se točno dogodilo njenom prethodniku. I tu stvari postaju zamršene, jedno otkriće vodi drugom i radnja se zahuktava sve do kraja, gdje i ovaj dio, kao i svaki do sada, završi cliffhangerom, zbog čega se jednostavno mora čitati dalje.Jedina mi je zamjerka mrvicu predetaljni opisi funkcioniranja strojeva u Silosu, bez kojih bih preživjela. :)

  • Cass
    2018-11-04 17:45

    This book nailed it. It could (almost) stand alone as a book. The last few lines are enough to make it a classic in my view. Brilliant. ... It still has a stupid name.

  • Lesr Kew
    2018-11-05 14:46

    Getting soooo interesting!!

  • SheLove2Read
    2018-11-13 18:29


  • Kaila
    2018-11-14 10:35

    Now this gets back into what I loved about Wool 1. We start off knowing how it is going to end, and just like in the first book, I simply had to know what was going to happen. We learn more about the insidious IT department after a whirlwind investigation that leaves us with another cleaning imminent. The last line has assured that I will be a FAN4LYFE and I can hardly wait to pick up Wool 4 to see what happens. Don't stop after Wool 2 (which I didn't like too much), this one is way better!Am I the only one that finds the cover for this one totally creepy? The proportions are all off and it looks like the guy is gonna come get me if I look in a mirror in the dark or something.P.S. I totally didn't get that the titles were knitting references. I fail at being a hipster. :(

  • Myndi
    2018-10-24 14:27

    It becomes obvious in this volume that the distrust I felt for IT in book 2 was warranted. In the sadness and the confusion of moving past the events of book 2, it's clear that something is desperately wrong with the world that these people are living in and who they put their faith in. Juliette is justifiably suspicious after events take place that should not have happened. Rather than be further vague in the efforts of avoiding a spoiler, I will just say this series is proving itself to be more interesting the more I read. I definitely recommend it to lovers of dystopian or post apocalyptic worlds.

  • Chelle
    2018-11-15 11:24

    Love the knitting metaphors in the titles, by the way. In knitting, you really don't know how a project has turned out until you cast off and can hold it up free of the needles. With each installment of Wool, a character (or two) are cast off, and a character or two are picked up and carried along. It's taking shape, the patterns are flowing. Even though it seems a short distance between a character's introduction and their eventual demise, I feel a pang of grief at their passing. And move on to begin a relationship with the next.

  • Igor
    2018-10-28 13:51

    Wool 3 puts us back in action after somehow slow and more describing Wool 2. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the first one, starts a bit slower as we get to know how Jules handling her new sheriff role but then we are getting back to where Allison and Holsten have been, finding out whats happening.Wool 1 gave us some answers (at the end) but Wool 3 elaborates it just a bit more to keeps us on our toes... do you wanna see how deep the rabbit-hole goes?

  • Chris
    2018-11-12 14:28

    I can't stop reading!

  • Edmund Davis-Quinn
    2018-11-09 10:26

    The Wool Omnibus may end up being one of the classics of science fiction. I started this then left it behind. The end of Wool 3 is beautiful, heartbreaking and amazing.

  • Laura Clark
    2018-11-16 17:46

    The story really picks up in this one, revealing just enough to keep you wanting more. As with the first book, I am left with so many questions. I'm looking forward to the next book!

  • Christina
    2018-11-11 10:32

    Can't seem to put this series down! So good.

  • Sam
    2018-11-04 14:45

    First off I hate to give bad reviews but this isn’t really a bad book just an OK one. So here goes with no spoilers I promise. I was in the middle of book 3. When I asked myself do these characters ever get any depth before they die? Are the most basic, obvious motivations all the bad guys can muster? Or has the silo somehow bred out any intelligence and suspicion? I can now answer that question. Nope what you read is what you get. Book 3 was aptly named casting off because that is exactly what I’m doing with book 4 and 5 in the series let alone the prequels because life is too short. My first issue began with “book” 1, all 50 pages of it were one dimensional characters, which is actually being charitable, 1D is more accurate. They’re even 1D when they think to themselves!Here are a few quotes. Let’s see if you can figure out what type of profession this person identifies with:"Something had happened. A great and powerful thing had fallen out of alignment""was as much the fine art of preventive maintenance""an active dispute was no different than walking into a pump room where something was broke""There were always confounding variables---you couldn't adjust one dial without sending something else a-kilter""a habit borne of ... previous life among the sludge and grease""It was like encountering a rusted bolt that refused to budge""had learned to attack them with grease and with fire, with penetrating oil and with brute strength. With enough planning and persistence, they always gave. Eventually.""This break in the routine was like a timing belt stretching out of shape, a piston developing a knock."Etc., etc., etc.If you guess this person identifies with being a mechanic you win. And that was not the only character to have such a singularized view of the world in terms of profession.But I could almost overlook all that if it wasn’t for the fact that the entire plot was:1) Many bad yet very similar things keep happening counter to recent historical recollection (see I told you no spoilers :) Could they be related? Nah must be coincidence2) Person X says and does very blatant challenging bad things. Could he be a bad guy? Nah just a jerk. So me and everyone else will take absolutely no precautions whatsoever nor bother to watch our backs in anyway3) WOW person X really IS a bad guy! Could he be responsible for all those very bad things that have happened? Nah must be coincidenceYep 3 books. And then it ends with a totally taped on cliffhanger. You know what don’t care. Even if the rest of the series somehow explains it all away I’m tired of have the wool pulled over my eyes.

  • CS
    2018-11-15 18:31

    Another WOOL novella, another pastiche of dystopian tropes sprinkled liberally with the hackneyed cliches from generic procedural TV series.Here's all the plot action in a nutshell:Juliette takes over as Sheriff.Juliette sticks her pretty little nose where it doesn't belong.Juliette meets cute a boy in the cafeteria. And not just any boy: one who conveniently works in IT and just happens to chart stars. Aw, talk about your heavy handed star-crossed lovers' reference. Juliette gets fired by Obvious Villain and trudges down the stairs back to the down deep.Juliette sticks her pretty little nose where it doesn't belong.Juliette is caught by Obvious Villain and trudges up...and up...and up...and up to the up-top. (This isn't a spoiler. It's how the novella begins.)Shock twist that shocks no one familiar with pop culture tropes ensues.The End.The originality of a society contained in an underground silo (albeit one with impossibly long staircases) has worn off, and we are left with "CSI: Silo" as Juliette attempts to unravel -- oooh! another knitting analogy! Dibs! -- what happened to Holston, Jahns and Marnes. Because Obvious Villain obviously never thought that killing the Sheriff, the Deputy, the Mayor, a few redshirts, and possibly another Sheriff - all in a matter of what, two weeks? -- would not be, well, obvious. Nor has the writing improved. Howey actually writes, "Juliette felt her blood run cold" when she meets Obvious Villain for the first time. There's the usual pages upon pages of introspective close third person POV thought that tells the reader instead of showing them. The tortured metaphors seem to have slowed down, but they've been replaced by the world's most linear and least suspenseful detective story. Juliette has few barriers to her investigation; she just happens to, like, just know all the right people who get her any information and clues she needs. How convenient.I bought the omnibus, and I rarely DNF because I don't think it's fair to the story. Maybe the next few installments will redeem it. Maybe. But I now know why this is called WOOL. It's what Howey has pulled over the eyes of the readers who praise this to high heaven. Look, I know self-published books can be dire, and by comparison this at least tries to be literate (tries a bit too hard, in my opinion - high falutin' language and tortured metaphors do not good writing make.) But you gotta pull the wool off sometime.

  • Siobhan
    2018-11-05 16:35

    Hugh Howey writes his stories in such a way that you either buy many little sections to make up the whole book or (you do what I do) you wait until the entire collection is possible in book format. There is nothing wrong with this, I merely find it difficult to review each individual section as, for me, the whole is worth more than the parts.So, with that in mind, here is a review of the collective for you (so you can make a decision about whether the Wool trilogy is right for you):I wasn’t quite sure what I expected with this book considering all the great comments that have been made about it, in all honesty part of me was expecting to be disappointed. I think the comment that had me expecting the most was when the book was called the next Hunger Games, as whilst the Hunger Games trilogy was not my favourite series there is certainly a very large fandom which leaves you expecting great things. With that in mind, I think I can safely say that this is the best dystopian series I have read. In fact, I think it is the best trilogy I have read in a while.From the very start the book is filled with action, events playing out at a great rate, the action never ending. All the characters are really well developed and for once we’re not dealing with a group of teenagers stuck inside of the dystopian world: we’re given fleshed out adults, those who have been stuck in this world for years and are now seeing the world for what it really is. Honestly there is so much that could be said and yet I fear if I say too much I will soon start spoiling things for people. Believe me when I say that once you start reading it you will be gripped, picking up one book and then the next.

  • Profundus Librum
    2018-10-24 13:38

    A második részért finoman szólva sem voltam túlzottan odáig, ám ez szerencsére a harmadik részre jobbára megváltozott. Az események most is a második rész után szinte rögtön folytatódnak, az előző kötetből már megismert szereplőkkel. Az eddigi stiklik, öngyilkosságok, fura események elkezdtek összeállni, és lassan kirajzolódik előttünk egy jóval nagyobb méretű és sötétebb összeesküvés képe, mint amire eddig gyanakodtunk. A regény végre mozgalmasabbá, sokkal izgalmasabbá, már-már tényleg félelmetessé válik. A szereplők halálozási rátája megsokszorozódik, a nyomozás közben a felszínre kerülő nyomok érdekesek – úgy értem a még előttünk álló kötetekben biztosan fontos szerephez fognak jutni még.A frissiben kinevezett női seriff egészen könnyen megszokható, megszerethető. Nem ostoba liba, hanem végre egy gondolkodó nő, aki egyben talán az egész siló egyik legokosabb lakója. Felüdülés egy ilyen nőről olvasni. A minden hatalmat a saját kezében összpontosítani kívánó IT-főnök igazi mocskos balfácán, aki nekem kicsit furcsa, hogy egyetlen pofon nélkül megúszta az első három részt. Howey stílusa egyébként nem változott, továbbra is jó színvonalúan, magabiztosan mesél, ahogy az első két részben már megszokhattuk. Mindent összevetve tehát a Kivetve a Holstonhoz sokkal jobban hasonlít, mint a Megfelelő méretre, ezért – és az utolsó néhány nagyot durranó fejezet miatt – a folytatás igencsak várós.Bővebben a blogon:

  • Nathan
    2018-10-28 18:38

    Each book brings a freshness to the story. It's weird how well this is done. It's not just the view and voice, but there is a natural, almost logical flow of genres as well.Some of that kind of detail comes up later in the series. There _should_ be a "logical" flow of genres. That actually plays out as a plot point in a very meta-compositional way.This book is a murder mystery book. It's still the same sci-fi, dystopian work that the previous books were, so the murder mystery has the oppressive elements of a suspense/horror, but in a more abstract way. Throughout, it is clear who the killer is, and so the story is clearly building itself as a battle, a good versus evil.Those kinds of stories tread a fine line with dystopian literature. You absolutely cannot be too hopeful or you will blow up the whole dystopia. Things aren't bleak and decaying if all you needed was a little self-confidence and elbow grease and the world was suddenly better. This story not only clearly understands that, it directly confronts that fact, and this is the book where that confrontation takes place.People die. Battles are lost. The horrible things that happened in the previous books are seen in a different, historical light. They had to happen that way. Entropy is a universal law.

  • Chip
    2018-11-16 18:34

    OK - the rubber meets the road here. From the beginning of this episode I had a hunch as to what was going to happen and even though the ending of the episode vindicated my beliefs, it did so in a way that has left me wanting more. I have a feeling that the next few books in the series are really going to pick up.Now, if you'll excuse me, I have the next book to read. I'm a bit afraid now though, is the series done yet? Or, am I going to race ahead and suddenly come to a screeching halt on a cliffhanger and have yet another series where I have to wait on the author?

  • rameau
    2018-11-17 13:40

    So this is why serialised fiction sells on Amazon. I'm sorry but it's not working for me. After the first one, these two novellas (that I got when they were free last year) feel like overly long chapters of a longer story. Howey might have done better plotting and writing a full length novel after the first story than keep adding these short stories and later slapping them together into incomplete omnibus packets.