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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2013
Well, that was very unexpected...what a brilliant idea to follow one of Hugh Howey's characters. The writer totally captures the claustrophobic and sinister atmosphere of 'Wool'. Another enjoyable addition to the Wooliverse.
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on 8 May 2013
I love everything Wool, and with 'The Sky Used to Be Blue' I wasn't disappointed. Have you ever wondered what might have happened to Helen (Donald's wife)? well read this and its squeal 'Cleaning Up' to find out. Brilliant companions to Hugh Howey's Wool.
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on 23 May 2013
Hugh Howey's Silos are really beginning to provide a terrific framework for the Dystopia Genre of fiction. If you think back to his "First Shift" novel then you'll remember that each state had its own silo into which the people were stampeded. Although we're used to thinking of them as Silo One, Silo Eighteen etc, each silo is really Tennessee, Georgia, Oregon and so on, isn't it? So we've got about FIFTY potential dystopias to exploit. With their self-imposed isolation and belief that they are the only silos in existence it follows that right from Day Zero they are going to begin to diverge in their customs, interpretation of the Legacy and the Rule and start to create their own culture and history.
Patrice Fitzgerald has taken us into yet another Silo that's beginning to diverge culturally and directionally from the original Legacy. This time it's the story of a woman who finds herself remembering a forbidden past. A woman's story? What IS this? Chick-lit? Not on your life; chick-lit this ain't. Think more "A Handmaid's Tale". "The Sky Used to be Blue" is up there with Attwood's story, definitely.
Patrice has really got us into the claustrophobic life of the silo with this one. Watching everything she says, the chief character, Karma (not telling you who Karma is_spoiler alert!), lives a life of what used to be called "Interactive Vigilance" under the old East German regime and has to overcome the constant danger of having an intact, active memory. A great read.
Now, come on Patrice...whatever you're doing with your life, how can it possibly be as pressing as finishing off this series? Eh? The Woolites are depending on you!
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on 11 November 2013
'The Sky Used to be Blue' is a story based on the 'Wool' series by Hugh Howey, which if you get the chance - read it! And if you get the chance - read Patrice Fitzgerald's Karma series.

The story is told from the point of the view Helen Keene, Donald Keene's wife, Donald is one of the main characters from 'Shift', the second book in the 'Wool' series.

The story begins with Helen, now named Karma sharing her life with her husband, Rick in a silo but Karma knows that he's not her husband and that she had other life above ground but anyone talking about their before lives is taboo and an offence which can lead to going outside, to clean and then die. How will Karma survive?

I love the 'Wool' series and whilst waiting for 'Dust' to be released, I discovered the karma series which I thoroughly enjoyed, I had always wondered what became of Helen, what her life was like in a different silo from her husband and Patrice Fitzgerald definitely delivered, Karma is a brilliant character, realistic, strong, passionate and intelligent.

As with the 'Wool' series, Patrice Fitzgerald made the silo real, you imagine the sights and sounds, which I love. Looking forward to the second part.

Highly recommended.
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on 21 January 2014
If the imagination of Hugh Howey gave us the world of the Silos, it is the wonderful writing of Patrice Fitzgerald that has brought it truly to life in a closely personal way. Patrice's first person style puts the reader into the mind and heart of Kara: we feel oppressed by her sense of imprisonment (the feeling of claustrophobia is evident in a way I never felt in these stories); we experience her roller coaster ride of emotions along her long life in the silo; we weep with her through her desperate helplessness; we rejoice with her as she achieves all that she does (no spoilers here - you will be inspired!). We are with her all the way to the end - and who of us would have done the same?
Anyone who has not read the brilliant Wool series - DO SO NOW! Then read the Karma series. Most Wonderful!
Thank you Patrice!
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on 17 March 2014
this was a free download which i found well written and really enjoyed. i am aware of the best selling novel 'wool', butn admit to being one of the few who hasnt yet read it. when it was released i was interested, but at the time was totally fed up of post apocalypse stories so gave it a miss. i will at some point try the series this shot story is inspired by. i love the idea of other writers producing 'spin off' work from a strong best seller and applaude 'wool' author for allowing and even encouraging this latest writing phenomena. this short story of 'karmas' new awareness of life in the silos is touching and intriguing and i will be revisiting her soon. i shant stay too long however as im extremely claustrophobic! luckily the nature of these glimpses into silo life mean i will be able to pop in and out as i please!
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on 30 August 2013
After finishing Hugh Howeys fabulous Wool & Silo Omnibus editions I wanted more. More silo adventures, more stories of their inhabitants and more books I could immerse myself in the Wooliverse with.
In Patrice Fitzgeralds Karma series I got all that and more! Fan fiction in my experience has always been a little hit and miss but not here, oh no!! Patrice writes beautifully, capturing you from the very first page to the last emotional sentence.
I was hooked from this very first book and quickly downloaded the next 3.
I for one cannot wait for Karma #5 and to discover more of this talented writer both within and outside the Wool World.

In short... Do I recommend? YES, YES, YES!!
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on 9 December 2013
I had read the wool series and was really chuffed to come across this series, fab idea, well written and love the fact that it felt like you were filling gaps you didnt even realise were there. (I say this because I thoroughly enjoyed the Wool series and didnt feel like I had been left hanging). ♡♥♡ Well written and felt authentic thank you ♡♥♡ I would definately recommend this.
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on 30 March 2015
Hugh Howey took quite a risk when he opened up his Wool universe to other writers but, when those other writers are as good as Patrice Fitzgerald, it was clearly a risk worth taking. This intro to the Karma series has made me want to read on - and it will do the same for you, too. Very highly recommended.
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on 7 November 2013
This is the first 'fan fiction' I have ever read - I started reading this series by Patrice Fitzgerald to fill the gap between books. I'm so glad I did - I read all four and have enjoyed them as much as the original books. Highly recommended if you have been reading the silo series.
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