No, I think I am done with this author.
I am on Chapter 9 and this book/story is so boring I can hardly stay awake. If someone asked me to describe the storyline, I would not have a clue, it just goes on and on and there is nothing there to relate too. I am so very disappointed. I thought this was the 2nd book to Wool but it is not. Big waste of money.
None, I could stay awake or focus.
This book sucks!
A successful follow up to Wool seemed like a pretty tall order. Wool hit me out nowhere. It had that new car smell, something I hadn't really seen before, so it seemed like I was bound to be disappointed simply because a sequel would be more of the same. Making that harder was the idea of this book being rooted in a time period closer to the modern age, so mundanity was bound to intrude.
Wow. I was wrong.
This was a great follow up. Hugh Howey proved to me that he was no one trick pony. Perhaps I'd been dazzled by the imaginative world of Wool, and had failed to notice his skill at character development, but in this book new and old characters continued to drive this arc to a new height.
As for the narration, I have to say I was never aware of it. I was totally immersed in the story. I consider that high praise, as that's exactly what I want, and I hope it isn't taken as anything negative.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This installment in the series gives us a LOT more to think about than Wool. I really enjoyed all the background foundation elements that come out in this one. It was faster paced than Wool and although some of the short lived characters are easily forgotten, the main characters' relationships deepen... but not all in a positive way. Definitely do not stop with Wool. Hope this helps.
Shift is the prequel to Wool and provides the origin story as well as filling in some back stories to events in Wool. Specifically, the tale "shifts" among several different time frames as early as 2050 with another interlude at 2110 and the 23rd century as well as several decades immediately preceding Wool (24th century). The bulk of the tale is through the lens of Donald who is responsible for the design of the silos, but Donald was never let in on the entire master plan and slowly realizes its full intent over the several centuries (cryogenic sleep is standard in silo 1). We also watch Solo develop as a frightened teenager during the silo 17 uprising through 30 years of his isolation. Finally, the generation of silo 18 preceding Wool's time frame is presented. The story ends at the same point in time as Wool concluded.
Besides cryogenic freezing sleep, nanotech is offered as the basis for the original silo raison d'etre. There's a continual focus on drug induced amnesia regarded as central to the success of the enterprise, but this continues to be weak. In the end, Donald realizes that he must deal with the aftermath of a poorly designed plan to save mankind from its own destruction without being responsible for another round of destruction.
The narration is adequate, but almost painfully slow. Much of the story dwells on minor aspects of life in the silos with much rumination by several characters. Given that the story spans several centuries, the author and narrator convey that slow passage of time.
I like mr Howey's work. Wool hooked me. But shift drug on a bit. It may be the narrator his voice is pleasant and his characters are somewhat differentiated but has no emotion.
With his 2nd book in the series, Hugh Zhowey delves deeper into the hearts and minds of the people who live and die, succeed and fail in the silo world he's created. I loved the way he skipped from one character's narrative to the next, deftly spanning time and nudging the story forward at its own pace. A worthy continuation of the story we first found in "Wool." I can't wait to read the next!
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
This is so well-written. I enjoyed this book even more than the first book in the series. The author is a fantastic manipulator, changing your views of events through the story and even changing your feelings about those characters. This is a fantastic Sci-fi dystopia.
Did you enjoy Wool? -- Back it up, let's see where it all started. Shift gives us all the back-story, who built the silos and why. Interesting but predictable: beware of people who think they are the best suited to decide the fate of the world. No matter which side they start out on, they are going to end badly.
As so often happens with trilogies, the first (Wool) was great, the second, not so much. I kept wanting Howey to just get on with it. It ends with some resolution, some cliff-hanger, which is what you expect of a middle book. No question, I'll get straight to Dust to see how it all comes out.
The narrator on the version of Wool that I heard was awful. In this installment, the narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was excellent. The story has plenty of melodrama, the voice doesn't need to try to force it, and Reynolds doesn't. There is a lot of moving back and forth in time and venue, and Reynolds handles this smoothly. I'm glad to see that he also did Silo 3 (Dust).
Prepare yourself to go back in time and find out what happened. I saw a lot of comments that people hated it but it's important for the story line. Very well written. Much better performance than the first book.