This is the sequel to the New York Times best-selling Wool series. It combines the three Shift books into a single audiobook in order to save the listener a few bucks. The saga concludes with Dust, which will be available in late 2013.
In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.
In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.
At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.
©Lifetime Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
Great book, Hugh is a talented writer and I'm excited to read more from him. But, for pete's sake, I've never been so acutely aware of the overuse of a single word in an audio-book. Every time the reader, Reynolds, would come to the world 'palm' he would always pronounce it in some weird english-to-american crossover pronunciation as 'pam' and this wasn't a sparse occurrence either. I found myself starting to wonder if Hugh Howey set out to write this sequel with the intention of seeing how many times he could cram the word 'palm' into a single book. It bugged me enough to were I almost couldn't even finish the book. However, I still gave Reynolds 4 stars because the rest of his performance is in fact excellent, but I can't be the only one who noticed this.
Edge of your seat, Okay that's four.
Nothing to compare it too, it was a stand alone great story, and thankful there was more to come!
Perfect, spot on, his voice is comfortable easy to listen to, truthfully I enjoy it when I'm focused on the story and not on the voice telling it, that is maybe a sideways compliment but I really enjoyed not focusing on Tim's voice.
I think the what's on the title, "some secrets should remain buried"
This has been one of the best stories I've heard, of this genre, in a long time. I unfortunately have the kind of brain that is always racing to "figure it out" ahead of time, this one kept me going I was surprised more than a few times, I LOVE THAT!
I liked the character development.
Story could have been more exciting. It seemed to drag in places.
The narrator was a welcome change after torturing my way through Minnie in Wool.
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.
I liked Wool quite a bit but this was nothing like it. I hated the main character Donald and I hated listening to him and his infidelity issues. His ex girlfriend was so shameless about trying to get with him and if he had shut it down then he could have saved himself some heartache. Their relationship is the majority of the book unfortunately.
Also this book follows way way too many points of view. Through way too much time.
Someone else said this book was 100 pages too long and I agree. While I understand that the writer wanted to use this world he created to the fullest so he put as many storylines as he could in it but this book seemed filled with things that I would expect to be on a fan blog or if it was a television show maybe a webisode. I wouldn't recommend it.
Cut down on the time. Ring it in. And know that Donald was a waste of a character. I don't think I will be reading Dust because I hate him so much.
Maybe. Tim Gerard Reynolds wasn't horrible but he wasn't good. Minne Good read the first book and while she wasn't great with men characters he wasn't what I was expecting nor wanting for this book. I was disappointed to see he does Dust too.
It did further the story Wool, which was very complicated. In some stories, the reader never does find out why this happened or what happened to that. Especially when that something happened 300 years ago. This showed you first hand what happened and it was unique. My mother read Wool and I saved her the frustration of Shift and told her what she needed to know about it. That is what I would do. Ask someone who has read it to highlight the important issues.
It is a shame. The story of Wool is a good one but the characters are not good. That is always the downfall of writers I find. The plot is good but characters are transparent and flat. Donald's weak resolve and wandering eye isn't the only reason he is a useless character. Maybe Hugh Howey did better in Sand or in Dust but it will be a while until I try it again.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
You'll spend the entire book waiting for our idiot protagonist to figure out what we, the audience already know before picking up the book. Does that sound fun to you?
The story isn't boring, exactly... it's just unnecessary. Wool already told us everything we needed to know about the Silos. The backstory answers some questions... but this all could have been done in a more elegant way... preferably in a single chapter instead of this slow, useless tome.
For the most part the story held my attention, and had it had a satisfying ending, or had the it progressed the plot from Wool in any way I probably could have forgiven the insane redundancies. But it didn't do those things.
I already own Dust, so I'll see this story out to its conclusion, but had I not purchased it on sale, I certainly would have called it quits right now.
I listened to this book on 3x speed, and it was still too long. I don't recommend it to anyone who isn't totally in love with hearing about life in the Silos.
I listen to books while running and walking my dog so on average about an hour day and like books that have a good pace to them.
At first this book did not seem to match up with it's predecessor, which despite the well written material made it a little difficult to relate. This initial disorientation was quickly put aside as it became clear how the books in this series meshed together. As this book moved forward i found myself becoming increasingly absorbed into the lives of the principle characters and the world that was being created/recreated. I was especially struck by the scenes revolving around the entry into the silos. As the the story progressed i was impressed by the intricacy with which Hugh Howey had woven seemingly minor details into the grand plots and intrigues that continued to run through the narrative until the last minutes of the story.
As for the performance i generally preferred it over that of the previous book and felt that the performance was solid overall. I did find moments of confusion when some characters were not as well differentiated from other but overall found the narration easy to follow.
This book sets up and interesting third book and ultimately did a great job filling in some of the spaces in the previous book, that on first listen this writer did not realize were there.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the narration. However, I should warn potential readers that the narrator takes some getting used to. Tim Gerard Reynolds is a talented narrator, but he is also English. This book takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the characters have southern American accents. The narrator made the choice to actually do the accents. I think I would have preferred if he had just stuck with his normal accent.
That's all. Once you get used to the accent (and I think it gets less pronounced as the book progresses) you'll be fine.
As far as the story goes, it took a little while to get going, and sometimes the main character's inability to understand what's going on around him is kind of frustrating, but once it gets going, it's quite good. I'm really looking forward to reading or listening to Dust.
Not right now. The story is SO SLOW. I am 6 hours into listening to the book and there isn't any real intrigue just a whold bunch of people without a clue.
I guess but not high on my list right now. Think I will actually try and read one of his books next.
Not too interesting.
Have not finished the book. Probably won't - it is SO SLOW - nothing happens.
Ok I get it - people's minds have been messed with. We have no real clue what the problem is and it doesn't seem like Hugh Howey is inclined to let his readers know. 6 hours into the listen and it is basically this - People are in Silos recovering or awaiting the Earth's recovery from a USA planned attack on humanity. There are Silos that are failing but with the whole world gone and no interesting characters what's the big deal? I get that the drugs have deadened people's interest in life but he killed my interest in the story by dragging it out so much. BORING, BORING, BORING can't believe I got 6 hours in....
I finally understood what the title meant.
exciting and packed with action
psychological as well as action. a really interesting possibility of what humans could do
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