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Silo Saga: Greatfall: The Complete Silo Novel (Kindle Worlds) [Kindle Edition]

Jason Gurley
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Book Description

"Jason Gurley will be a household name one day." – Hugh Howey

Greatfall: The Complete Silo Novel is a dark new story set in the world of Wool, Hugh Howey's post-apocalyptic vision of humanity and its struggle to survive. (This is the collected, complete story, including the individually-published Parts 1-3.)

What happens when a silo goes dark? Maya has been sent to Silo 23 to investigate. Disconnected from the grid, the silo appears to be dead, rotted from the inside. But what Maya finds is a silo that is anything but deceased.

Shut off from the outside world and other silos, Silo 23 has evolved into something unexpected, and something more horrifying than Maya could have anticipated.

Editorial Reviews


"Jason Gurley will be a household name one day."
Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool and Sand

"An amazing talent... brings the human side to science fiction."
Matthew Mather, bestselling author of CyberStorm and The Atopia Chronicles

"A gorgeous study of the most beautiful, aching facets of humanity... an emotional tour de force."
Kate Danley, USA Today bestselling author of The Woodcutter and Queen Mab

"A glimpse into a beautiful mind... gripping and surreal. Jason Gurley creates worlds I deeply want to explore."
Michael Bunker, author of Pennsylvania and Wick

"Powerful, profound and personal... will leave you breathless."
Ernie Lindsey, USA Today bestselling author of Sara's Game

"Engrossing, consuming... put this down at your peril."
Peter Cawdron, author of Feedback and Xenophobia

"Proof that science fiction can be as emotionally evocative as the finest literary writing."
William Hertling, author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer Than it Appears

"A marvel of storytelling. Gurley's works have the precision of memoir, finding that delicate balance between the fantastic and the poignant. Suffused with a haunting clarity, these stories occupy that rarefied space between science fiction and literature. Bravo!"
Samuel Peralta, award-winning author of How More Beautiful You Are

Product Details

  • File Size: 1757 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Worlds (July 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Silo fan-fiction I've read June 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the series in the individual installments, but thought it would be worthwhile to post a review here as well. If you haven't read any of Greatfall yet, you might as well save yourself the time and buy the omnibus. This is the most mature and unique fan-fiction entry into the Wool universe that I've read. I've stated this in other reviews, but I'll state it here again: this series is very different from the others mainly because Gurley turns it into his own work. He's not merely riffing on the source material, he's creating a micro-universe which is rich with character. Even if you've never read Howey's original, you could still pick this up and not feel lost; it's that cohesive. I won't go into to much length here as I've written reviews for each of the single volumes. So if you're curious about more of my thoughts, feel free to check them out.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Anna
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was good read especially if you are a fan of the Wool and Shift Silo series, but it has few plot holes and inconsistencies with the original story line which bugged me. For example, why was the main character leaving silo one to go check out a Silo that went dark? What was going on in Silo one that they would have sent someone out. Also, she is a girl and there are no women awake in Silo one. The other inconsistency that bugged me were the elevators and lifts that magically are in this silo - they specifically designed all the silos without any kind of elevators or lifts - hence the giant stairway and the porter profession. Essentially I enjoyed reading this story, but couldn't completely focus on the good story without getting annoyed with the small inconsistencies.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome addition to the Wool universe July 30, 2013
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Ever since reading Hugh Howey's "Wool" and "Shift," I have been devouring fan fiction set in the Wool universe. "Greatfall" might be the best Silo fanfic I have read so far. The bizzaro world that Gurley creates in Silo 23 is fantastic. The insanity of the silo and of Greatfall casts a new light on the events of Howey's original novel. The characters are complex and I found myself feeling for even the most vile characters by the end of the book. If you enjoyed Howey's books, you've got to check this out.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Using the world of Wool as a backdrop, this story takes what you know about Howey's world and explores faith and its role in the Silo, an enclosed and tightly controlled environment. It's who is doing the controlling and for what purpose is what makes this story so compelling.

As I read this story, the most central question I kept asking was "what in the WORLD is going on here?" This question kept me riveted, turning the pages eagerly in search of answers. The author unfurls the story about what has transpired here, using the viewpoints of key characters to explore the environment he creates in and around Silo 23.

We have Issac, the teenage Seeker traveling up the central staircase on a journey to judgment. When he learns of his judgment, Issac becomes daunted by (and haunted by) the responsibilities of his new role. Can he manage his new role or will he become overwhelmed by it?

We also have the leader of the One True faith, The Wise Father, an elderly Pope-like figure who is representative of something far more sinister lurking within the religion that controls all of their lives. It is through him we see the One True's will being carried out, sometimes in the form of Greatfall. We quickly learn what Greatfall is, its place in the silo and its connection to the belief system. As figurehead of the One True, what will happen to him once he learns the truth behind his faith?

Finally, we have Maya, sent from Silo 1, to find out why Silo 23 went dark and what happened to cause it. Hers is the story of an outsider looking in, a threat to the very way of life perpetuated in this silo's history for generations. In the process of accomplishing her mission, she is captured and tortured by her captors.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared for a ride in the depth of Silo 23 June 5, 2013
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I read the three parts of this novel separately in the last months.
What amazed me most was the ability of the author to use the Wool's universe, created by Hugh Howey, to narrate his own story, allow me to say, maybe a bit overenthusiastically, even better than the original.
I'll surely read more from this author in the near future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As others mentioned, this story has several departures from the Silo mold that I found distracting. In the case of the elevators it seems like they had to be created because the author couldn't think of any other way to keep the silo running after turning the great stairwell into part of a religious ritual. I don't like it when authors take the easy way out.

Or when their math doesn't add up. With 30,000 inhabitants we should have 400-600 "seekers" a year and many days with more than one, but we only seem to have a handful every month. This seems like another compromise to make the story work because when seekers are on the stairs no one else can use them, yet we have people using the stairs to perform their daily tasks. It just doesn't mesh.

I'll admit I am not big fan of stories centered on "sheeple" societies, where tens of thousands of people willingly and happily submit to a dictatorial authority, but this one seems a little more out of whack than most. Based on the first half of the book, the logistics for dictator replacements must have been very well planned when this society was created and a lot of thought was put into into keeping the "behind the scenes" work hidden. But then the first succession we see in the book is totally botched, nearly everything done wrong, almost as if the dictators themselves are purposely trying to screw up the process. And that doesn't make sense because they seem to love being ruthless, evil, murdering dictators.

But what really did me in was when the girl who risked her life to save another, uses her dying breaths to try to get that person killed. Really? After being shot for her part in concealing a refugee and obviously about to die, she crawls on her belly with her last bit of strength to show the killers the secret hide-out. This kind of absurdity makes me close a book and not re-open it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
A gripping well written story based on the Silo world. A real page turner, I could not stop reading until my eyes blurred over from lack of sleep! Thank you Jason Gurley!
Published 2 days ago by Melinda Applegate
5.0 out of 5 stars So excellent!
I bought the omnibus edition because I love the Silo stories and cannot wait to get to the next one in the series. Was I disappointed that I spent my money? Nope, not at all. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Dingy Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
A really good exploration and development of the world created by HH. Loved how original it was in its plot. Kept me riveted
Published 10 days ago by Andrea Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and captivating
This is one of those books that I couldn't read fast enough. Jason Gurley is by far my favorite author that I have discovered this year. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Dotfromoz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This was a fantastic read and an interesting take on the Wool universe. It's a darker tale than the original Silo trilogy, but has a worthwhile subtext as well as a great story. Read more
Published 15 days ago by reesah mouse
4.0 out of 5 stars The setting of the story is very interesting - an over-arching...
My personal prejudice comes in here - I struggle with books written in the present tense, so it probably lost at least half a star because of that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Hans H.
Overall a pretty cool story. Very dark and depressing though. It's cool to see other ideas about the different silos.
Published 1 month ago by Hans
5.0 out of 5 stars A futuristic American Revolution
I enjoyed the book. It kept a well paced plot. While the message was strong, it was not preached. Good read
Published 1 month ago by Sinead.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another must read for Silo fans!
Nice take of a silo on a different path. As usual I wish it were longer and continued furthur.
Published 1 month ago by A
5.0 out of 5 stars A very original story
After reading Wool I wanted more and was delighted to discover a wealth of fan fiction. In this story the author presents a silo whose society took a major departure from their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven S. Thomas
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Jason Gurley is the bestselling author of Eleanor, Greatfall, and The Man Who Ended the World, among other books and short stories. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Help Fund My Robot Army!!! and Synchronic. He lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

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