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.
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People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Wool is already a legend in self-publishing, a short story going viral, putting its author on the map, leading to an omnibus edition of seven connected stories, subsequently leading to a trilogy of omnibus volumes. Wool is the world-building portion of the Silo trilogy, depicting a dystopian future of a tightly controlled, strictly caste society within a completely enclosed underground bunker of massive proportions, called a silo.
Shift, the second omnibus collection, is a prequel to Wool that explains much of what led to the status quo of silo life in Wool. Originally written in three parts (First Shift, Second Shift, Third Shift), each equal to a novel of 200+ page length, Shift shows us how and why the silos were built and organized, how they evolved over several centuries, how the events of Wool fit into the wider scheme of things.
Much of the attention has been directed at Howey's success story as an independent author and at his creative world-building in Silo. What I believe makes it work so well for him and for his readers is his patient, meticulous approach to crafting his story. He focuses initially on character development, allowing him to reveal his world bit by bit, never overwhelming us with exposition or detail.
There is a reason why this is the tried and truest method of storytelling. Because it works. We learn of a new world by first getting to know its people, seeing things through their eyes. Our reward is a series of micro-reveals leading up to major reveals, made more potent because we experience them every step of the way through the characters we have come to identify with.
I read First Shift in print and then listened to the rest in audio. It makes for great reading, and it makes for great listening.
This is even better than the first book in the series, Wool. The performance is infinitely better too. Great characters. Great story. This is one of those books you recommend to a friend.
I accidentally listened to dust before shift. This book adds the back story to what happened, but is the weakest of the 3 books.
First book was great! Easy to read lots of great characters. This book the story is good it's easy to read and I find myself genuinely interested in most of the characters. My problem is the fact that the constant jumping backwards and forwards in time in the storyline just got very tedious. But I am still very happy that I read it and I cannot wait to read the third one. This book definitely told the backstory that we were missing.
I noticed when reading the reviews of the second Silo Saga book people seemed to feel strongly that it was either even better than the first book or totally didn't like it. I am with the former and loved Shift. I loved the history of how the silo's came to be but also loved the story of these characters too. When I first started Shift I was disappointed to be going back in time and taking a break from Jewels and her story in Silo 18 but quickly was sucked into the new characters.
This book jumps around time between the creation of the silo's and what happened to earth to past events in Silo 18, to current time in Silo 1 and Solo's whole story which I enjoyed but I felt was a bit drawn out. This book catches you up on past and present and fills in the gaps and answers many questions that arise in Wool.
I don't know which book I liked better though I am leaning towards Shift actually as better than Wool because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. I do wonder though if Tim Gerard Reynolds would have been the narrator of Wool if I'd still feel that way. He brings every book he narrates to life. Probably my all time favorite male narrator. Highly recommend The Red Rising series that he narrates also.
Looking forward to the conclusion of Dust which I just downloaded.
Just what I was looking for, after finishing Wool. The new character threads add such color to the monochrome reality of the Silo. I keep being stricken with respect for the ability to have such a dynamic epic with most scenes are set "Interior Silo".
No, but solely because of the narrator that was chosen (see below).
Wool, which should be read ideally before starting Shift.
The book takes place in Fulton County, Georgia. The narrator is British, and a posh, proper one at that. Several characters in the book are narrated with a southern accent, but the narrator gets the region completely wrong. It's not even place-able regionally. It sounds like what a British person would think a plantation owner would sound like. Georgians have more twang and harder 'R's.
Tim Gerard Reynolds' attempt at a Georgian accent is admirable, but it falls short. And I've got to listen to this guy for 17 hours. Next time, just hire a local, or at least an American to narrate a book that takes place in America, with American characters. This guy would better off narrating a Richard Dawkins book, or a Douglas Adams novel.
Not as much as Wool.
<3 Hugh Howey and this great series.
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