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

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"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

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  • File Size: 1757 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Kindle Worlds (July 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DUFEUQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Learn more about Jason and his books at www.jasongurley.com.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Fuhrman on 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 42 people found the following review helpful By Anna on August 25, 2013
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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 By Caleb Palmquist on 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 By Chris F. on October 20, 2013
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on December 22, 2013
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This was an incredible read and anyone that hasn’t read any fan-fiction from the Woolverse (created by Hugh Howey) is doing themselves a disservice by not reading this as it explores the role of religion to keep to keep its inhabitants in check. For the record, I’m late to the party in reading the fan fiction that Mr. Howey has created but better late than never!

That said, Greatfall explores the role of religion to keep the people of their silo in order. By religion, I’m talking about the form of god fearing evangelism and it does it brilliantly. Unlike the other silos that use a “mayor” and “sheriff” to keep its inhabitants in check, the idea to use two deities as good and evil is what’s used for Silo 23.The explanation to get the people to believe in an omnipotent being that can be malevolent at times is credible.

The writing and characterizations were solid. Based off the predicament and circumstances of Greatfall, you can’t help but grow attached to the protagonists and want them to achieve their goals given the plot. But that antagonist!

The antagonist, Matthew, was, to put it bluntly, a big dick. There are plenty of characters that we’ve read in novels and know that are “bad”. “Ok, character X is bad. Got it,” and from there, you may just go with the flow without a reaction to his/her actions. It takes great skill to create a character that the reader can love to hate and I think Mr. Gurley nailed it with Matthew. I can recall on several occasions where I’ve read something he’s done to another character and I’ll think, “Matthew is such an ass. I hope he gets a good offing in the end.” In fact, he pissed me off so much that I had to call him a dick on Facebook. Of course, what happens to him in the end, is for you, the reader, to find out.
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