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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Very good storytelling set in a distopian future earth. Howey builds his characters and their surroundings and has a good balance of just a little of the how stuff. Techno - babble is minimzed, except a bit about nanotechnology.
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Loved this book, I'm starting the third in the series now! Great character depth, unique and frighteningly believable plot. Great writing. The author tells many storylines at once, in different things periods, but does an amazing job thing them together with little statements that excite you to realize the connection.
Wool was good. This "prequel" confused me initially. Got better 3/4 through. I'm now ready for "Dust."
I had a hard time staying focused on listening at times in the beginning, but I stuck with it, and ended up loving it as much as Wool.It starts off seeming like a completely different story, but it ends up weaving an intricate and sometimes surprising backstory.
I don't know if I can wait 3 weeks for my next credit, to listen to the next one!
Computer geek who grew up in the 80s reading Stephen King.
It was tough to follow time jumping in audiobook. Having to skip back and forth between chapters in a book to compare dates is no problem.
I got through it, but I wasn't the page turner that will was. I still anticipate work from the author though.
I have read the first book, Wool, so I decided to give this one a try as well.
I liked the part about the building of the silos, but that was a minor point and the author just flew past it. I would like to have learned more about the construction of them.
I live to ride my bike.
I really wanted to like this book. I read the complete Wool series; just barely. The story is told in 3rd person but from different person's experience. If there were four people to experience an event, you had to hear it from all of their perspectives!
How is it that the antagonist gets so many breaks? In the Wool series that is exactly what happens. So why did I give up on this one. The story was starting from a situation I have heard about from 3 other people's perspectives. I was tired of the discussion on moral dilemma of keeping people in the dark and governing them in the manner they were doing.
I really got feed up when you meet a boy when he was between 22 and 25 years old in the first Wool series. When Shift started he is 9 years old! I thought oh heck no, how many times do I have to head about that incident.
Unexpected plot points and twists.Good character development achieved- genuinely cared about the outcome and fates of those in the story. Even the not so great morally. But the redundancy of Shift exhausted me.
This book wasn't as fast paced and exciting as the first in the Silo series. It gave a great deal of background information that describes why the Silos were built and what their uses are. I just wished it had a bit more action.
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