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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This book answers some of the question i had after reading "Wool" and a few question I did know I had. The book is a little slow and plodding in places - but to be fair this book like "Wool" is actually a collection of short stories or novellas. So the pacing leave a little to be desired. I enjoyed the story a lot though - I think because I like the way the author writes and there is still enough mystery left even at the end of this book to drive me on to the next book "Dust". Also I am still looking for a resolution to the story. So for my part, I found it to be a good continuation of the story and I hope that after "Dust" I will feel like I got to the end of the tale.
The storyline is fairly complex with quite a few moving parts, jumping forward and back in time. So it is a bit hard to follow at first, developing all the characters in play. The reader is a bit slow, I wish they would have used the same reader as the first edition. (Wool)
One of the best audio books I've listened to in a long time. I haven't heard one as good as this since the Harry Potter series.
The story was great. I read the first in the series "wool" on the kindle, and decided to get this audiobook. Very happy with the purchase.
Definitely going to give the next book a listen. I read the narration on wool isn't that great (done by another narrator) but this narrator was pretty perfect.
I don't know why I listened until the end. The story just goes on and on. Hugh seems to have forgotten one critical element in the story: what would compel me to be interested? I only read this because I liked Wool so much. I'm going to look for different authors but I'm done with Howey.
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This second story in Howey’s Silo trilogy acts as both a prequel and sidequel to the original, 'Wool’, by braiding the separate narratives in alternating chapters. Howey’s writing superpower is to give pleasingly detailed scenes with an economy of words: “Donald raised his finger and asked him to wait” is a perfectly concise sentence to describe an interruption in the characters' dialogue without ITSELF becoming an interruption to the reader’s enjoyment. Unfortunately, the wider canvas for the setting in this novel actually makes it less interesting for me than the claustrophobia of ‘Wool’, although some of the characters are even more intriguing in this installment. The primary narrative follows one of the Silo system’s principal, though inadvertent, architects, Donald Keene, and provides background and insight into how the Silos came to be. As returning readers will already know the tragedy to follow, there is a delicious tension in reading events build to the inevitable downfall. Even so, I felt the mystery built in the original was stronger than answers provided here. The inner turmoils that Donald faces are very believable and engaging, as are those of Jimmy/Solo from another of the various narratives. The bridging narrative from yet a third protagonist, Mission, was probably the weakest, although its heartbreaking happy ending was a wonderfully unexpected twist exploring the nature of memory. Overall, I enjoyed every page, although like the freed prisoner from Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, I find myself wishing I could rush back to my earlier ignorance of the Silo lead-up, which held so much more mystical wonder than the perfectly orderly prehistory laid out in ‘Shift’.
It was an interesting story, but the motivation for creating silos and everything else behind what happens to the people and silos has no basis in logic. I just don't believe such a small number of key players could have made all of this happen.
The 500 lifespan of a silo and everything inside is a total joke.
That being said, I am still going to read the next book in the serious to see what happens.
Diehard fans of Hugh Howey MAYBE. I was a huge fan of "Wool" but couldn't even get through this book.
Probably not actually. Wool was great but this book was pretty awful to be honest.
The only redeeming quality about this book would be that it's the prequel to Wool, so you get SOME context.
Overall I did not enjoy Shift at all. Wool was fantastic and one of the better sci-fi dystopian post-apocalyptic books I've read in a while. But Shift was soooooo slow and boring. I got tired of following Donald, the most boring protagonist ever, as he planned out the building of the silos. It was honestly painfully boring that I just couldn't finish the book. The parts that took place in the future (2100 something) were better but still not engaging enough. All in all, I LOVED "Wool" but absolutely couldn't stand "Shift."
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