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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I love a good chaotic adventure with creativity, heart and lots of laughs.
“Shift” is a prequel / alternate story arc to author Hugh Howey’s very successful novel “Wool” and, while not nearly as interesting to follow, does a decent job filling in gaps of information left from the first book. Though narrated by the very skilled Tim Gerard Reynolds, “Shift” is a much slower paced science fiction plot.
Arguably, “Wool” doesn’t really need “Shift” to enhance its story. As a stand alone book “Wool” does a great job. If listeners really were more curious about the origins of the “Wool” setting, massive underground bunkers known as Silos, or what the character Jimmy had to do to survive and stay relatively sane during decades of near isolation before he met Juliet, the main character in “Wool”, then reading “Shift” will open a listener’s eyes a bit on the overall situation of the first story.
Most of the tale, much like “Wool”, is told from alternating perspectives of three characters. Two of the characters, Mission and Jimmy, tell stories of events within their silos as they have experienced them. Meanwhile, the third and main character of the novel, Donald, experiences everything from the birth of the silos and death of the world all the way through to the timeline where “Wool” ends due to unique cryogenics technology within Silo One.
Unfortunately, “Shift” is not only much slower in pace than the previous book, but also requires reading “Wool” from front to back in order to fully appreciate it’s contents. In fact, when the events from both stories begin to line up and bump into each other listeners might end up more than slightly puzzle during the audio book’s last hour.
Recommend to listeners who have already listened to “Wool” and feel like they need more information on an open ended question or two about it.
Nothing draws attention to a writer's unusually frequent use of a word more than a narrator's bizarre pronunciation of it. In this case, the word is palm. Or is it pam?
It's not all the narrator's fault, though. Hugh Howey still doesn't know the difference between a clip and a magazine.
More importantly, the main character is an insufferable whiner. Those around him are blinkered, bloodthirsty zealots, or cardboard cutouts of unassuming sheep. Sadly, there is not even sport in discerning the two camps. I think Howey tried to hold together this myopic, implausible explanation for the other side of the Wool story, but it may have been better left as an exercise for the reader.
unfortunately I accidentally read the books out of order but it sure was nice to finally finish the series. even reading them out of order played nicely into the way this book was laid out.
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.
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