The much anticipated prequel to best seller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift.
In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground. The history of the silo is about to be written. Our future is about to begin.
©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
"The next Hunger Games" (The Sunday Times)
"An epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world." (Justin Cronin)
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
I so enjoyed this book. The story was a little more original than many of these sorts of books and it made me think. I enjoyed the narration too. If you like your science fiction with a little less alien action and with some real world action this is for you. A dark future that you can imagine happening in a way.
I wanted to love this as much as I had wool, but its too long winded and gets tied in knots with its time lines.
Yes, I would never have found the time to read it in print where as I could listen to at least an hour a day in the car driving to work. Who has regular time these days to actually sit and read consistently? (well i dont although i would love too) but walking or commuting to work is so much more enjoyable listening to an audio book :-)
This is a pretty original book and concept so, for me, there is no comparison. It was just so clever and linked in well with the first book cleverly and originally (to use the same adjectives again) .
The narrator was perfect, he did a good job.
Yes! I sped through this book unfortunately and it ended too soon for my liking, I was gripped from the very start.
How perfectly the author linked this book and some of the characters with the first of the trilogy and he did amazingly well in providing the back story and the origins of the silos. I CANNOT WAIT for the final book.
"Perfect prequal to Wool"
Shift is one of the best audio books I've listened to, always exciting and surprising, with well developed characters and great narration.
It's a book where emotional detachment isn't possible, not when you consider the scenarios presented in it and the possibility of human nature being more then capable of precipitating them.
How did the silos come about and how is it possible for people to have no memories of their human past and history, are just a few questions answered in this great prequel to Wool. I can't wait for the next instalment.
"The mystery deepens"
I am planning to relisten to both Wool and Shift over the summer as I prepare for the final episode (Dust) in the Autumn. There are many nuances that washed over me first time around as I was so keen to move on with the story.
The most memorable moment was the realisation that it would conclude with the events that unfolded in Wool and hearing those events from a totally new viewpoint. This time the reader can understand both sides of the story and yet still be unsure how things will eventually unfold.
Peter Brooke provides distinctive voices for the charaters although I found his accent irritating at times.
It is unlikely I would ever listen to something this long on one sitting but I did find that I was using every spare moment to move on a few chapters. I wanted to save it up and listen over a longer period but found it too compelling and just had to keep sneaking a few minutes here and there.
Hugh Howey has shown us a mysterious and totalitarian world in Wool and in Shift he explains exactly how that came to be to the extent that we can now feel some sympathy for those who set things up (or at least some of them). There are enough glimpses of an even bigger picture that make the reader keen to see the closing episode. Roll on Dust!
"Great book, terrible performance!!"
Was really looking forward to this book after the excellent Wool that was excellently performed by a lady with a lovely expressive and versatile voice.
Have found this book hard going despite the great story, the narrator sounds like a surfer and I keep waiting for him to say 'duuude'.
It looks as though Audible are looking to cash in on the success of Wool by bringing over this recording from America but it is so difficult to get past the narrator's voice.
Listen to the sample before you buy, if you can listen to narrator then you are in for a great story.
"Great but shame Susannah Harker wasn't narrating"
I would - gives a greater insight into how "Wool" came to be.
Didn't seem to get inside the characters to the same degree Susannah Harker did.
"Excellent Sequel to Wool"
I really liked Wool and found Shift a great follow on. Although it took some getting used to a different narrator to Wool, I did eventually take to it. I also found the lead initially too weak for my liking but, again, he did grow on me as the story progressed.
May questions answered, and many more unanswered. So I can't wait for the next part!
"Brilliant and hurry up with recording Dust!"
This is a worthy and fascinating sequel to Wool, so refreshing to find that its as gripping in book two and cant wait for book three! Hurry up please!
You have to compare it to Wool book one, but also it feels a bit like Stepehen King to me with more mystery if thats possible!
The terrible and very real feeling of living underground in a large community and not knowing what is out "there"....
This book made me cry.......
Read Wool first...and then settle down and enjoy!
"Charater voices - Forrest Gump meets The Rugrats"
I didn't think this was nearly as good as the Wool Omnibus. I do wonder if I'd have liked Shift more with a different narrator or in paperback. It was great for background, and it was interesting to find out history of the Silos and the politics of the last few hundred years.
The narrator was ok for anything that wasn't dialogue, but the voices he used for characters were terrible. I loved Suzanne Harker's narration of Wool because she didn't 'nerdify' the characters. I loved Lukas in Wool, but Peter Brooke's version of him sounded whiney and, dare I say, a bit of a dweeb. In fact, most of the male characters sounded either like something you'd hear on a kids' cartoon show, or gung-ho-howdy-paartner-laafe-is-laake-a-baawx-o-chaawcolates a la Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel from The Simpsons. I couldn't take them seriously, let alone feel much affinity for them. This needed to be much more American than Suzanne Harker's very British sounding narration, but Mr Brooke didn't seem to take the characters seriously enough for me.
If the narrator doesn't change for the last in the trilogy, Dust, I will be buying the paperback version.
"Addictive, frustrating read."
I like the concept.
I wanted to find out what happens.
I hated the execution!
I found myself screaming at this book. I really liked the idea and I really wanted to keep reading to find out how it all ends, but I found aspects of the book really frustrating. You'll find yourself saying "for god's sake, just get on with it will you" and "Well, that doesn't fit" all the way through this book. If you can put up with that, then it's worth the read.
Spoiler alert - don't read any more if you haven't read this book yet:
- How do children's books last 100s of years of use?
- Why have children's books with pictures of the outside world (grass, sky, animals etc) if you are trying to hide this from the silo occupants?
- Why do 'regular' people in regular silos have tins of food (Jimmy looking for a can opener and finding canned food). More to the point, why have canned cat food that's edible 100s of years after the occupation of the silo. Come to think of it, why are there cats there in the 1st place give the way the silos we occupied!?!?!
- Why didn't Donald piece it all together in the 2 years he was given The Order to read, or at least ask a couple of questions
Other things are frustrating too, like the long pointless dialogues (e.g. between Donald and his wife).
It was things like this that got me frustrated, but at the same time I wanted to read on......
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