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Publisher's Summary

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

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Wacky narration brings down mediocre story

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.

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Good, hard post-apocalyptic science-fiction

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.

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a lot of words

never went anywhere. there was so much potential for this concept and the ball was dropped

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Out of this world...amazing

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.

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wool was better

It was interesting, but sad. I liked Wool a lot more. I also liked the narrator of Wool much more than this one.

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  • Augusta, KS, United States
  • 10-31-16

Skip this one

I accidentally listened to dust before shift. This book adds the back story to what happened, but is the weakest of the 3 books.

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Too much jumping back-and-forth in the timeline

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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A History Worth Noting - Really Loved Shift

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.

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a whole new story for a sequel

totally enjoyed book one but this book starts anew in a different tone and feel. still enjoyed the journey to find the truth.

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A great character driven second "shift"

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".