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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 discIn 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. This is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling WOOL series.Contains First Shift, Second Shift, and Third Shift....

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Shift Reviews

  • Willow
    2018-11-27 17:50

    *Buddy Read with Rachel*(BAVR)Have you ever been happily reading a good book? You’re about to find out what happens to the protagonist. Your heart is pounding with anticipation. When all of a sudden, out of nowhere, the book dumps you into a ridiculously long ass flashback. Everything comes to a complete and utter stop. It’s like being trapped in a meandering shaggy dog story. And of course you’ve got to read the damn flashback, because if you don’t you may not completely grasp the full ramifications of the ending. Well, Shift is a 600 page, doorstopper flashback. To be honest, I sort of hated the book even before I began. I wanted to go forwards, not backwards. But I tried to stay optimistic. After all, I loved Wool. I loved the nostalgia Wool generated in me for classic SciFi. I loved the suspense. The characters were cool. I was ready to take the plunge.Unfortunately, Shift is a long and tedious read. First off, there’s little suspense. After all, it's a prequel, so of course I knew basically what was going to happen. Howey also had the audacity to drag it out. He kept describing the same things over and over again. I started counting how many times he mentions a tomato, or tomato soup, or tomato paste. The dead guys looked like tomato sauce was on them. Howey also likes to talk about the circular staircase in the silo and overalls. Bored, I started to wonder what these overalls are made of? It better not be cotton? They don’t have the room. And speaking of room, how can they grow so much wheat? How are their computers lasting for centuries (mine usually crash after ten years). And what is the hierarchy for the powers that be? Even Donald doesn’t know that for sure and he lives there? And the absolute worst was that lame ass, WTF reason they blew up the world? I couldn’t believe that nobody, and I mean nobody, questions Thurman and his cronies? You’ve got to be kidding me? (view spoiler)[ Don’t tell me that the US Air Force was willing to blow up their own US cities, because I don’t buy it. And what?? They couldn’t work on finding a way to stop the Nanos, or make a stand-off, like we did for years with Russia and nuclear bombs during the cold war? Their only solution was to blow up the world, otherwise they would just have years of back and forth Nano warfare? Are you serious? And what was all that crap at the end about how only one silo can survive because people would kill each other. What, people can’t work together? Only in Howey’s world. Can I say PLOT HOLE?! *end of rant* (hide spoiler)]In fact, there are several plot holes in Shift. Most of them have to do with character motivation and time. But let’s forget about that for a minute. Let’s talk about the characters.Donald -- God I hated that guy. I swear the whole book is him having a pity party. I could handle it in the beginning (after all, horrible things happen to him) but by the third book I wanted to rip his head off. I know Donald is supposed to be a sympathetic character because he was duped and deceived, but let’s face it, he purposely tried to stay uninformed. That was his goal, to bury his head in the sand, even when obvious hints were thrown his way. I think he’s one of the biggest, redundant and whiney, woobie characters I’ve read in a long time. And the thing that finally tips him over the edge made my eyes roll. Turman’s been slaughtering people for years and Don finally decides to do something about it because (view spoiler)[he finally figured out that Anna purposely separated him from his wife? wtf?(hide spoiler)]Thurman – Is a total nutcase. How come nobody notices that? I think that’s what drove me bonkers. Everybody was just so willing and happy to put Charles Manson in charge of national security. Supposedly Thurman is so charismatic, people just melt like butter and agree with him after just a few minutes. Like Rodney -- who went through the most bogus character arc I’ve seen in a while. Does Howey honestly expect us to believe that milquetoast Donald is the only person to try and stop Thurman? Give me a break? Anna – I kept wondering what the hell she saw in Donald? The trouble she goes to winning him baffled me.Mission – Was boring and had no personality. Of course, most of the characters didn’t have much of a personality. It probably didn’t help that in Mission’s scenes, Howey spends long passages describing life in the Silo one more time (like I didn’t get enough of that in Wool?)Solo – His story is very sad. But let’s face it, we already knew what was going to happen to him. Shadow -- Was purposely put in the book to make Solo’s life even sadder. GrrrCharlotte -- Who’s that?Helen -- Made me think of June Cleaver. In conclusion, this book annoyed me. I loved Wool. I wanted to read Dust, but now I’m not so sure. Howey should have left the past a mystery.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-23 18:57

    Hugh Howey is a great idea man and the post-apocalyptic world of the Silos is a wonderful little playground with the potential for great stories. Unfortunately Howey's skills at character-building leave much to be desired and ultimately drags down the entire series.Here's some of the ways Howey fails at writing characters: he never tells us what anybody looks like. Every character sounds the same and has no identifying tics or habits. The relationship of just about every character to every other character is told to us instead of shown. For example, we know Donald loves Helen because we're told he loves Helen, not because he acts any special way towards her beyond calling her Sweety or Honey. Mick is his best friend because were told he's his best friend (Mick slaps him on the back a lot so I guess that proves it). Anna wants Donald to herself because we're told...and so on.As the main character Donald is as bland as they come, showing no particular intelligence or personality to distinguish himself from the other cast members, who themselves have no distinctive personalities. Because of this I had a very hard time either identifying or sympathizing with anybody beyond their incredibly horrific circumstances (the one exception being Solo but only because he REALLY got the shaft, so to speak).Lately I seem to keep running into novels of good ideas and poor execution i.e. Justin Cronin's 'Passage' and Ernest Cline's 'Ready Player One'. It's disappointing and as a contrast i'd recommend Steven King's 'The Stand' as an example of the apocalypse done right with solid world-building and well drawn characters we come to love or hate. For me it's still the gold-standard. All this being said I'll still come back for the final chapter of WOOL because damn if it isn't an interesting place to explore.

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2018-11-27 18:15

    Shift, as the impressive science fiction follow up to Wool, proves that Hugh Howey can write - and write well. This is a prequel, but is, in my opinion, better read after Wool in order to not destroy the unique aspects of reading Hugh Howey's first work. I would say that together Shift and Wool appear as better versions of The Maze Runner series. Not only are they far more mature in their approach to their particular topics but they possess and infinite amount more plausibility and depth. The way in which Shift sets out the background to Wool, explaining how humanity could end up in silos is brilliant. It particularly works as an exploration of politics, weaponry, humanity's quest for self annihilation, versus the drive to survive. This stands alongside that sense of the contrast between the inner darkness versus the inner greatness of humanity. However, the one reason this receives a four star rating is that the characters lacked in comparison to the previous novel and were not as appealing to myself as a reader. For once I'm lost for words as to how to properly review all the aspects of this novel. Perhaps fatigue has destroyed me over this week. That said, I will recommend all serious readers give this book a go after they've tried Wool. I will be seriously looking forward to the next book myself. I do love quality science fiction and while I'm lacking something to fully capture and describe about the depth and lack of superficiality or immaturity in this novel I cannot find it. The best thing to do is simply recommend that others read these books.

  • Alexis
    2018-12-06 21:59

    I really wanted to like this book, I really did. But unfortunately, the writer falls into the same traps he did in Wool. Like Wool, this book tells a fantastic story for the first 2/3 - in this case, I really did love the way the conspiracy built piece by piece before your eyes, and I enjoyed slowly putting it together with a lot of "OMG" moments. If the book had ended after just that, it would have been a 5 star review. However, in this novel Howey seems not to be able to restrain himself from going overboard with big reveals and too-clever tricks. It seems like he's always waiting around the corner with a BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE moment, and after a while I just developed 'reveal fatigue' I guess.It doesn't help that the more Howey reveals, the less the conspiracy makes sense. Suspending disbelief is easy when the writer leaves much of the details to your imagination, but Howey can't do that - he has to explain every little thing and eventually it falls apart. (view spoiler)[For instance, why was destroying the world the best and only solution? I mean it seems like these brilliant scientists he gathered could come up with something else to try? And why were three people, only one of whom was in government, able to convince an entire Air Force division to drop nuclear bombs on Atlanta?! It just seems a little bizarre that the secret cabal we've been hearing about since the beginning of Wool ended up being a Dixiecrat junior senator and a couple of doctors.I also thought that the romance bit was unnecessary and kind of ridiculous. It killed the mood for me when Donald was pining away for Helen, and I thought it was unrealistic and kind of pathetic that he got stuck on that even when Helen was dead for 200 years. It made Donald into a very weak character, and suddenly it was hard to be sympathetic with him as that story unfolded. As he started falling apart I found myself rolling my eyes more than I was feeling sorry for him. And finally in that scene with Anna when he kills her, it was literally the stupidest thing he could possibly do, and yet, he did it, so I just was totally unable to have sympathy for him past that point... after I lost emotional interest in Donald, the rest kind of fell apart for me. I just didn't care about the characters anymore.(hide spoiler)]I also thought the entire thing was bogged down by the way-too-long chapters on Solo. Like, I really didn't need to know the details of Solo's bowel movements through the years he was alone. Those chapters seemed to serve no purpose but to fill space and they just bogged down the story, after a while I was just skipping through to get back to Silo 1.Finally, the biggest disappointment here was that Howey was as devoted in this book as he was in Wool to forcing a happy ending. He's created a world of despair and hopelessness, and then it seems like he can't bring himself to follow through with it - the endings of the books all seem forced and fake. (view spoiler)[Bringing Juliette back into this at the end served no real purpose and wasn't related to the internal narrative in this book. It was just a set-up for the happy ending in Dust. Forcing your characters into a jarring scene where they skip off into the sunset ruins the entire thing when it is not the ending you've tracked them into throughout the entire story. (hide spoiler)] It is a sign of an undisciplined writer, and unfortunately that lack of discipline overshadowed my enjoyment of this story.Overall, this book was very disappointing - what could have been an amazing conspiracy story about an irrevocable act by a group of madmen fell beneath the hand of an unskilled story-teller. The plot became more and more incoherent, and the 'big reveals' got more and more showy and silly. I wanted to hear about this cabal that murdered 7 billion people (view spoiler)[if they even did that, which the writer never seems to be able to decide on (hide spoiler)], not hear Hugh Howey pat himself on the back for being super clever. I won't be reading Dust, because I know where it's going and I know it would make the entire trilogy incoherent and silly. It's frustrating, because this could have been a really groundbreaking sci-fi story, but instead it was an amateur overtelling of details that didn't make any sense.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    2018-11-21 21:19

    It is truly a sorry affair that most sequels just do not turn out right.Well, alright, not most. Some.Can we settle on a lot? I can start naming now,(The sequel to Blood Red Road, Metro 2034...)and I am sure you can carry on with this list to eternity. In fact, please carry on in the comments! I would really love to find out what sequel drove you mad.So basically, I think we can draw the conclusion that you pretty much have to be J.K. Rowling not to mess up the sequels.So am I surprised that Shift wasn't really a charming sequel to Wool?No, dear friends, I am not. But am I disappointed?I don't really know where to begin with this book, or frankly - IF I should begin at all, cause you can see I just gave it 1 star, which I pretty much never do, so you must be getting the vibe that not only did this book not satisfy me, it probably even enraged me.In fact, if that book had been a game, I would have rage quit.This book has many very unfortunate factors that made me hate it. Part of it was that it was a sequel to a mind-blowing book. But it's not just that! The plot dragged and dragged and dragged... I can't think of a book that has tortured me quite so lately.If I had to compare it with Wool, well, first of all, the main character is such a wimp that you can't even. Literally. Second – okay, the first book is quite depressing. But it's also uplifting in a way, cause they keep fighting. Nobody gives up. Shift though? What happens to the guy is so depressing, that if you have any empathy at all, like even the amount sea critters have, you will probably get sorely depressed from just touching the book, much less reading it.(Hint: I totally did.)Unfortunately, I can't find much more to say about this book. It's a non-story completely. I know it will not remain in my mind at all, because, well, pretty much nothing happened. Half of it was a retelling of what happened in the first book, half told stuff about a guy I honestly don't care to hear about, and intermingled in between all of that, there was maybe a little bit about how or why the silos were actually built. Alright, I'll give you that – there is the backstory. But hey. I could have saved so much more time (and brain cells) if that was just given to me in like 10 pages.Now you will say, Evelina, dear friend, WHY DID YOU NOT DNF??Well, now. I actually have a pretty good reason for that.You might know I do not DNF almost ever, but this time I was buddy-reading this with my mom. And since I was taking my sweet time, she kept whining about wanting to talk about the story and just tortured me into finishing it! It was terrible :D abuse, I tell you! Here's a GIF of me (superstar!) to show you how I felt while reading this book – I think it's a better outlet than text:Now you’ve seen it all.Read Post On My Blog | My Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  • Timothy Ward
    2018-12-06 18:13

    REVIEW SUMMARY: The sequel trilogy to the best seller, Wool Omnibus, which takes a leap back in time to show how the chaos started.BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A silo architect finds out too late what he’s been building, loses track of his wife and memories, and must uncover the secret behind the silo in order to make everything right.MY RATING: 3.5 starsMY REVIEWPROS: Strong beginning; empathy for major characters; challenging philosophical themes about war and sacrifice to survive as a human race.CONS: Third Shift (Book Three) slowed the story way down with minor revelations and sparse action.BOTTOM LINE: While the first half gave hope that this sequel could surpass Wool Omnibus, the story went downhill from there. Shift is still recommended for Wool fans, and it will not kill interest in reading the concluding volume even though it did not meet expectations.(Spoiler Warning: This review will have spoilers for people who have not read Wool, and only general spoilers for those who have yet to read Shift. Reviews for First Shift: Legacy and Second Shift: Order can be seen at the reviewer’s home page.)Shift Omnibus is made up of three books, First Shift – Legacy, Second Shift – Order, and Third Shift – Pact.First Shift – Legacy starts out with a young congressman, Donald, who has aspirations for greatness but finds out that his plans are not what those up the chain-of-command have in store for him. Donald is given the task of building an underground silo — just in case recent nanotechnology development continues to escalate into a world war — and is assigned to work with an old flame from his college days. This old flame flirts just like she always did, and he begins to wonder if she is manipulating events to keep him away from his wife. The race for Donald to figure out what he is really building and how to make sure he doesn’t lose his wife in the process is very exciting and emotional, reminiscent of the turmoil in Wool 1 and even made a few reviewers wonder what this series would have been like had it started with this book. The conclusion of First Shift – Legacy wows as much as it breaks one’s heart.Second Shift – Order continues to pound a hammer on the heart strings as it further unfolds the mystery of the silos and the over-arching moral dilemma of killing in order to save lives. The revelations mix perfectly with the questions posed about what you would do in Senator Thurman’s situation. The new POV character, a porter named Mission Jones, has a strong character arc of his own that is only slightly less impacting as Donald’s. Here, the author writes a tight plot exploring Mission’s inner struggle of hating to be a burden on anyone.This book’s inclusion of Mission Jones is an outstanding compliment to the overall plot and thematic question of whether humanity should adapt a survival-of-the-fittest mentality. Mission has a revelation: “Everyone was trying to get to where they didn’t need one another. And how exactly was that supposed to help them all get along?” This is the opposite side to Thurman’s stance that the people inside the silos don’t need the people who were killed above ground in order for their human-race “saving” experiment to be successful.The conclusion to Mission’s arc is also emotional and surprising. Senator Thurman makes a powerful argument for the establishment and goal of the silos, and it seems like Donald is not going to be able to overcome a system that treats people like numbers instead of integral pieces of a whole.Third Shift – Pact has an emotional beginning, but stalls as it shows snippets of a young man, Jimmy, growing up alone in a silo post-uprising. While this reader appreciates seeing the origin story of one of the remaining characters in Wool, the frank analysis of his story in this book is that he had twice as much page time as he should have. The discovery of self and finding of a partner in a stray cat were emotionally engaging, but the time spent holed up and then wandering made the end of this book a burden to finish.Jimmy’s revelation illustrated the point of his story within this omnibus, “Man wasn’t meant to live alone.” This reader just wishes the illustration of that point was more exciting, and maybe a letdown in Donald’s arc contributed to the lack of balance between introspection and intrigue.Donald’s arc in Third Shift – Pact did not surprise enough to match the excitement of the first two books. It was already clear that he was angry with Thurman and Anna, and so his solution to those problems was only mildly surprising, and a little more disappointing. Donald has gone through a very difficult life, but his decisions in Third Shift went a direction that lessened empathy and support. On top of that, the silo numbers became confusing as far as their relation to the plot’s mystery.To wrap up, Shift Omnibus took bold strides in expanding the conspiracy inherent in the world of the author’s Silo Saga, but a weak ending stole the momentum and interest established in the first two books. While Wool set this series up to be a lifetime favorite, Shift — and Third Shift specifically — tempered expectations significantly.

  • Stjepan Cobets
    2018-11-29 20:11

    My rating is 4.5By the second part of the book Silos is a little less good, but the first part of the trilogy. But the story is still great, very well written and keeps us tense all the time. The story leads us to the time of construction the silos and is accompanied by the main figure congressman Donald, who gets the task of the president to make drafts for silos. Though he accepts a job, it does not attract him much, because he takes that job away from the family. But this job will bring him something bigger than except for him in the future. His whole world will only break up in the future in one day. The writer leads us to a terrible future in which individuals are determined to do everything to manipulate people with some strange motives. Donald will find it in a difficult way and all that he considers being true will burst into the wilderness that has become his life. One thing is certain, Donald must change it all.

  • Sara
    2018-12-09 00:08

    Continuing the saga of the Silo. . . .I loved Wool, I loved this book! So many questions after reading Wool. Why, for instance, were there no elevators? This book addresses that - sort of. (I wonder if the author received enough emails about that topic that he felt he ought to mention it in his next book?) Shift answers a few Woolly questions, but asks quite a few more questions. I think that every few pages I was going "OMG!"This book is more of a prequel to Wool but should definitely be read after Wool to prevent spoilers from ruining the story. This is the story of the Silo's beginnings. It starts many years before Wool, but then ends at the same time as Wool ends. Shift covers the lives of several people and a few of them are familiar. It plunged me right back into that world and I started once again dreaming of living in a silo every night. It's not often a book gets into my dreams, but this one certainly did. That must be part of the universal appeal of this book. Something in this book is definitely speaking to part of my brain.Looking forward to reading Dust. I'm not sure where this is heading.(BTW - it also makes for some fun conversation. Last night, for instance, my husband mentioned to me if I thought there would be fewer uprisings in the Silo if they had more reading material, maybe some fun magazines like Silo Living? That led to Living in the Mids, Up Top Life, Better Silos and (uh?) Silos, Down Deep Life and then eventually we realized there had to have been at least one uprising on the shortfall of TP (paper, after all, is such a precious commodity).Recommended for all Wool lovers out there.

  • John Carter McKnight
    2018-11-25 22:52

    Last night I was tempted to give this book two stars out of sheer frustration, but that wouldn't be fair. Yes, it's nowhere near as good as its predecessor, the excellent _Wool_. And yes, it's not what you'd call really good. But I did read it straight through, and with no regrets.What Shift does well is provide context and explanations for much of the culture and history (or lack thereof) that we saw in Wool, and that's cool. As a sort of Simarillion, this prequel book works. The last few pages also nicely set up the final volume of the trilogy. And, as with Wool, it's fun to track the many different ways in which the title fits the stories. What Shift doesn't do well is make sense. Or provide interesting, likeable characters. Or have a very good plot-to-page-count ratio. Shift is three stories: one short one of an early silo uprising told from the POV of a silo porter. That one's quite good, and the highlight of the book. One is the backstory of Solo from Wool: there's nothing new here; we got the picture just fine from Wool. And the story's ending is so crassly manipulative, so obvious, as to be downright disgusting. The whole arc didn't need to be there. The third is the story of one of the sort-of-unwitting creators of the silos, from the project's founding through his repeated thaws from suspended animation to address crises in the silos, up to the events ending Wool. This should have been terrific material, but failed on many counts. Donald is almost entirely passive in the face of world-ending events, just kind of bobbing along. He makes terrible decisions, not out of tragic flaws, but either from cognitive impairment or just not wanting to think too hard or take action. It's around Donald that Howey's writing fails: we're told repeatedly of Donald's epic passion for his wife, but all we see is a cool and distant relationship with someone vaguely unsympathetic. He uses this twoo wuv to rebuff the constant advances of the hot sociopath - but we never see why she might be interested in this nebbish. Generally, unlike in Wool, so much makes no sense here that it destroys immersion in the book. It's just not possible to imagine that the project could have been built as described (we're to believe that construction workers didn't talk to each other, and nobody bothered to look at 5000% cost overruns on everything), nor that the triggering event could have happened without *anyone* outside the conspiracy including an entire military chain of command getting asked if the mission was authorized. And, if everything's been thought through and sanitized, down to the encyclopedias for the inner circle, how come all the children are raised with books from before the apocalypse? Finally, even positing nano/bio mind control, Howey's society has no storytellers, no artists, not a single person who decorates their body or their uniform. These are not humans. Tell me they're Venusian Slime Molds, and I'll go along with you. But those are some of humanity's deepest traits. Tell me that you've eradicated those but kept farming and industrial labor, and sorry, I'm walking away. I'll read Dust, the final volume, but I'm not in any great hurry now.

  • Maria
    2018-11-25 18:08

    O lume apăsătoare, sumbră și clocotind de disperare, o atmosferă claustrofobică și personaje aflate permanent pe muchia nebuniei - iată ce te așteaptă la fiecare pagină. Și frica. Frica viscerală, teroarea îmbibată de paranoia care va schimba omenirea pentru totdeauna.Deși pe Goodreads cartea apare ca fiind a doua parte a seriei, acțiunea acestui volum urmărește evenimentele care au condus la refugierea ultimilor oameni în adâncurile Pământului și continuă povestea Silozului din perspectiva celor care l-au creat. Împărțită în trei secvențe (Primul schimb: Moștenirea, Al doilea schimb: Ordinul și Al treilea schimb: Pactul), povestea îl are ca personaj principal pe Donald, un tânăr arhitect care tocmai a fost ales congresman cu sprijinul unui vechi prieten de familie, senatorul Thurman. Cooptat de acesta din urmă pentru participarea la un program secret, Donald ajunge să proiecteze silozurile, clădindu-și fără să știe propria închisoare. Plimbându-se între întâmplările trecutului și provocările prezentului din cele 50 de silozuri, Hugh Howey atinge cu subtilitate o multitudine de aspecte sociale, politice și filosofice (tendința de auto-anihilare a omenirii, relația omului cu propria sa identitate ca specie și cultură, moralitatea sacrificării unora pentru salvarea majorității), compensând astfel caracterizarea sumară a personajelor. De multă vreme îmi doream să ajung la începuturile Silozului și să aflu de ce s-a sfârșit întreaga lume... iar acum... ei bine, acum am aflat și nu sunt prea convinsă de plauzibilitatea evenimentelor: (view spoiler)[ cum se poate să distrugi planeta pentru că ți-e teamă de o posibila armă devastatoare a unei alte națiuni? cum pot trei-patru oameni să-i convingă pe alții că e mai bine să ucizi miliarde pentru a salva câteva mii? mă depășește absurditatea acestei logici... (hide spoiler)]. Totuși, lăsând la o parte nemulțumirile subiective, din punctul meu de vedere, Silozul. Începuturilecompletează destul de bine universul seriei; sper să apară și volumul final al trilogiei.3.5☆

  • Zoeytron
    2018-11-27 00:18

    Very savvy of the author to pen Shift after releasing Wool. The latter scooped me in immediately, whereas Shift took somewhat longer to lure me into its clutches. That's okay, I was already invested and there is a lot of information to be gleaned here. To those of you who want your Wool-ish questions answered, you can find them in Shift.You will learn how the silos came into being and why. Shrinks are in charge of the insanity (I love that!). Working stiffs are working a never-ending mind-numbing misery of shifts, following orders, obediently taking drugs to make them forget, but forget what? Silo 1 - responsible for humanity's very survival, population control management by lottery, the deep freeze, going dark, time becoming strange. And as always, the up top, the mids, and the down deep, only this time with shadows. 'It was meant to be this way.' Can't wait to see what Hugh Howey has in store for us with Dust. Loving the story!

  • Ferdy
    2018-11-29 20:19

    SpoilersReally good. I enjoyed the first two stories in Shift but the best story by far was the last one (Third Shift), as it focused on one of the more interesting arcs from Wool.-I was initially disappointed that Shift was a prequel, I wanted to read more about the characters that were in Wool, especially Juliette, Solo and the kids. Thankfully, it didn't take too long to get invested in the prequel story or the new characters — although the characters weren't quite as endearing as those in Wool.-It was great finally getting some answers and a more complete picture of 1. The conception of the Silos 2. The world outside 3. The other Silos and 4. The end goal of the Silos. I didn't quite believe the reasoning behind a lot of things that were revealed but I guess they weren't totally implausible.-The characters were a bit of a hit and miss for me. The main character, Donald, was hard to like at first — he was just so weepy, emotional, and annoying. He was meant to be a congressman but he acted way too naive and weak. He should have had a bit of strength, instead most of the time he acted like a scared little boy. Everyone around him manipulated him really easily, it was kind of ridiculous. Even though he was a frustrating character, he did grow on me by the end, and I eventually kind of understood why he had such an emotional reaction to everything.-I knew Troy would turn out to be Donald, it was really obvious. -It was somewhat sad that Donald was separated from his wife, Helen, because of Anna's manipulation. His reaction to finding out Helen married his best friend and had kids/grandkids was a little odd though — he kept saying how much he loved Helen but he never actually showed it. He seemed to have more passion and reaction to Anna, so I didn't really understand his utter devastation about losing Helen. I would have expected him to be a bit depressed but the way he broke down didn't make much sense, his love for Helen never really rang true especially when he was lusting after Anna so much. -Anna was a desperate manipulative cow. Mick was a selfish back stabbing douche. Hated them both.-It was dumb how Thurman and the other leaders just killed off loads of people whenever there was a slight problem. It just made the whole 50 Silos seem pointless, they may as well have just built a couple and let them sort out their own problems.-Mission's story was quite boring. And the Great Uprising was underwhelming.-Loved Jimmy's POV even though it was really depressing.-Some of the science with the freezing and nanotechnology seemed quite far fetched. -It only took 3 years to build all 50 Silos? Yea, that was hard to believe.-What happened to Silo 40 and the surrounding Silos? Why was Donald cool with destroying Silo 40 when he had such a hard time shutting down Silo 12? Why didn't he feel guilty about killing everyone in Silo 40 especially when he could have easily avoided it without his colleagues being any the wiser? When it came to Silo 12 he didn't really have a choice about shutting it down, since it was his job… But with Silo 40 no-one else knew for certain that it had survivors so he didn't really have to do anything about them since it wasn't expected of him. It was just weird how he had no problem killing the people in 40 when he basically had a break down for the doing the same thing to 12.-What happened to the remaining people inside Silo 12? Were they all killed? How exactly was Silo 12 shut down? Was it the white fog? Or was the building itself destroyed? Or was it both?-What exactly happened in Silo 17 that caused the open airlock and mass hysteria? Was it because of the Cleaning? Did someone find out about the other Silos? -Why didn't Jimmy die when Donald shut his Silo down with that poison white fog?-What happened to the rest of the world? Was it just Georgia that was destroyed? Or was it all of America? What happened in other countries?-The excuse for not unfreezing/waking up the women was weak. As if men wouldn't get into fights without the presence of women.-The writing in Shift was much better than that of Wool.All in all, a great story though some of the characters were lacking.

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    2018-11-19 21:04

    Warning: Spoilers for "Wool", the previous book in the series.While the title "Shift" actually refers to the time that one works, it's definitely a shift in the storytelling of the series. This volume goes back in time and tells the story of how and somewhat why the universe of "Wool" exists. It is a tale of politics, paranoia and nanotechnology. Yes the world ends in a somewhat SF cliche way, but it is still told with a great amount of talent, which makes those cliches forgivable. Although we get nearly all our questions answered and some fascinating tales are told, "Shift" lacks a couple of properties that made "Wool" such a great read. Firstly, while characterisation is still great, I found that I had little to no empathy for the main character, Donald. How can you connect with someone who is a workaholic, ignores his wife and who was lucky enough to know some influential people to get into a position to be exploited? Even his later actions in the novel, while they do fit his character as being naive and ham-fisted, do not endear me to this man at all. And I don't dislike him. I just feel meh about him. Luckily later on we get the back story of one of the great characters from "Wool", Solo or Jimmy. What is also lacking in this volume is some of the great and beautiful scenes I talked about in my review of "Wool". This may be due to my non-engagement with the main character and my wish to get through those sections efficiently and quickly, but this volume did seem to hold a greater precedence with plot and pace rather than having those small moments interspersed between.But despite these criticisms "Shift" is still a great SF read and complements "Wool" by answering a lot of the questions that came about in that novel. I look forward to reading the next volume "Dust" and being reunited with the great characters from Silo 18, especially Juliette.

  • Efka
    2018-11-24 23:08

    Neblogai, bet nieko labai blatno. Iš tikro, tai šita knyga, kaip pasakojimas, labai nukentėjo nuo to, kad tai yra priešistorė. Ir jei tai būtų tik priešistorė, tai ma ją šunės, bet kad ji dar nemažai persidengia ir su pirmąja knyga, ir tada gaunasi, kad skaitytojas faktiškai antrą kartą skaito apie tą patį. Na ir kas, kad iš kitos perspektyvos, kad pasakotojas kitas, vis tiek galų gale viskas susiveda į tą patį argumentą – antras kartas. Šiaip istorija yra pusėtina, ypač kol buvo pasakojama, kaip atsirado šachtų idėja, kaip jos buvo statomos ir kas ta paslaptinga grėsmė/nelaimė/įvykis, dėl kurio šachtų projektas, arba, kaip išdidžiai jis buvo pavadintas dar pirmoje knygoje, pasaulio tvarkos projektas „penkiasdešimt“ buvo paleistas, bet vėliau pasakojimo kokybė krenta, labiausiai – dėl nuspėjamumo, tačiau ir kitos nuodėmės nepadeda. Personažai prastokai išvystyti, pačioms šachtoms dėmesio daug mažiau, ir apskritai pati knyga atrodo per daug išpūsta, ištempta. Man kaip ir patiko ją skaityti, bet kita vertus, nemanau, jog jos neskaičius ir po pirmos dalies perėjus prie trečiosios, pasakojimas labai nukentėtų. Kai perskaitysiu trečiąją dalį, bus aiškiau, bet kolkas įspūdis toks, kad ši knyga – neblogas lyrinis nuokrypis, bet pačiai istorijai daug žavesio, naudos ir svorio neprideda.

  • D.J. Gelner
    2018-11-11 00:51

    Immediately after finishing the Wool series, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Hugh Howey had finished Third Shift, which meant that Shift Omnibus was complete, and I could dive right into it.Shift provides some much-needed backstory for the Wool books, namely who designed the Silos, why, and most importantly, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? (Sort of...more on that later...).Hugh manages to do it all with his usual engrossing style. Dare I say I'm pleased to be able to see his evolution as a writer through the entire series; as well-written as all of the Wool books were from the start, I think in Shift he takes his craft to a whole different level.I might disagree with a couple of characters' motivations toward the end of the book, but they make sense logically--if anything, I'm transposing what I would do in those situations without putting myself in that person's shoes. In other words, I was reading lazily.I have to admit, though, I woke up this morning having completed 80% of it, thinking that I would read a little and be off to writing.I finished the remaining 20% in a single sitting.It leaves an opening for Dust, which I assume will be the thrilling finale. Just what exactly lies beyond the Silos (pun intended)? And though the ostensible motive for constructing the Silos has been revealed, something tells me our crafty author isn't showing us all the cards just yet...So be warned: if you have a job where face time is valued and reading is frowned upon, wait until the weekend to pickup the Wool and Shift books. But if you like well-paced writing, gobs of suspense, fleshed-out characters, and a fearless author, I'd highly recommend starting with Wool I and seeing where it takes you.

  • Russ Melrose
    2018-12-10 20:54

    I will admit, I struggled to get through Shift. While the writing is quite good, I never felt it was as compelling or interesting as Wool. Shift felt more like an addendum to Wool than a novel that could stand by itself. I enjoyed getting some answers about what happened in Wool, yet it wasn't enough to keep me interested.My biggest problem was that I didn't care about the characters, especially the main character, Donald. Before the silos came into play, Donald was a senator. As far as what was happening and the role he played in it, I couldn't believe how clueless and dense he was. And after they were in the silos, all he seemed to do was whine and feel sorry for himself. Then he did something later in the book that completely turned me off toward him, not that it was much of a leap.I would recommend this book to those who have read Wool and have an interest in reading Sand. I'll probably read Sand, but I may take a break before doing so.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-11-16 23:49

    UPDATED! PARANOID RANT NEAR THE END WITH SLIGHT SPOILER!The second volume of Howey's Solo trilogy takes us back to the origin of the silos and introduces a few good guys - Donald in particular - a few bad guys - Thurman although we are not sure until Dust exactly how evil he is - and some ambiguous characters - Anna (well, you'll need to read Dust to see how this turns out). It is an interesting idea with the nanobots and the Noah's Arc concept. The suspense is done quite well with time shifting back and forth as the reality of the project slowly dawns on Donald. (Honestly, I wanted to slap him a few times for his naiveté.) For my reservations regarding the larger story line, you'll need to read my review of Dust. As for this story, it is carried primarily on the suspense that Howey builds throughout rather than character development which I felt was rather flat. Still, it is an interesting follow-up to Wool which I enjoyed peripherally and I was still intrigued enough to follow through with Dust.(view spoiler)[A quick followup to say that I did a little research and the idea of nanobots being used against the human body rather than for it may be a far more realistic scenario than I previously thought. Reading this article from 2015 about using AI to fight disease ( and this one from 2009 about immortality being achieved by 2040 (, I suppose that the ideas that Howey uses to underpin the manmade disaster that destroys the human race (other than those in the silos that we know of) is not as far off as I thought. This even more recent article shows, that in labs at least, we already have nanobots that can attack specific cells (in this case ones with cancer) ( or there are these nanobots developed by Israel for brain diseases ( It is not hard to imagine how this technology could easily be reprogrammed (like on the Black Mirror episode Hated in the Nation (S03E06)!) to kill good, healthy cells. OK, so I guess I am going to have a glass or three of wine before bed tonight... (hide spoiler)]

  • Arah-Lynda
    2018-11-26 17:07

    The Shift is comprised of three parts: Legacy, Order and Pact, which if you have read Wool, promises answers to some of your questions. I have read some complaints that the characters in The Shift were too flat, not fleshed out enough to become invested in. It is true that some of these characters did come across as mere shadows but I cannot help but get the sense that maybe that was the point.In brief, Legacy tells us about what is happening in the world prior to the destruction we have seen and know from Wool. It introduces us to the players, takes us inside their thoughts and doubts and dreams, well at least those of Donald. From the other major players what we see primarily is manipulation of the weaker, more reliant members of the party; those that are indebted to the manipulators, for their positions and opportunities provided. A glimpse, if you will, of what life had been, a sneak peek at some of the doubts beginning to infiltrate the minds of the manipulated and a front row view into the minds of those in charge. Or is it?The Order tells us what life is like on the other side of that mirror of doubt. Here in silo 1 is where the main players come across as one dimensional, mere shadows; more like marionettes dancing to a tune orchestrated by others. Their purpose and their duty is all laid out for them, all they need do is comply and follow the rules, maintain order, until they can once again escape to the blissful void. Shift over. But first let’s take a peek outside…………Throughout The Shift time moves back and forth. We see life before the big catastrophic event, life shortly after, and life many years into the future. It is in the future that we meet new people, living their lives in other silos, engineered by those original members of The Legacy. I really liked Mission and found myself cheering for him, but it was The Crow that truly captured my imagination reminding me of The Oracle from the Matrix. These people and more living their lives unaware that manipulation and control are afoot; unaware that they are merely puppets, dancing on a string. The Pact comprises the rules that everyone not charged with maintaining order, live by. We visit silo 17 and meet Jimmy. We learn what happened to his parents and all the others and while this was interesting I confess I did not need to read about his isolation, his fears, his scavenging and mind melting loneliness, page after page, through all those years. I got it long before I stopped reading about it. But back in Silo 1 Donald’s mind is beginning to thaw, things are unravelling, a new plan is emerging………………………While this is not the adrenaline paced, thumb sweating read that Wool was, Howey’s world is still extremely well imagined. The Shift answered many of the questions I had and gave birth to scads more.Count me in for Dust.

  • Scott Kennedy
    2018-11-14 17:02

    While I enjoyed Wool, this prequel left me cold for a number of reasons. First, there was the protagonist, Donald, whom everyone seems to value so highly but who never seems to do very much. One of Wool's strength's was that its mechanic thought like a mechanic, fixed things, and took action. Donald, as both architect and congressman, seems rarely to think like either, with his main action being going with the flow while wondering what is really going on.I suppose if you're big conspiracy buff, that can make for a compelling narrative, but I'm not and it didn't for me. Shift's main characters -- Donald, Thurman, Anna, Mick -- act more like a high school clique than a bunch of people in government.First Shift is set in 2049, but it feels more like 2000. The global villains are still Iran and North Korea. Anna crawls under Donald's desk to install a new computer. The computer technology of Howey's future seems to have calcified in some pre-touchscreen era, and remains unconvincing. Social media seems non-existent. By 2049, no one uses Twitter or any kind of replacement. A small segment of society undertakes what is a difficult experiment -- setting up self-sustaining silo habitats -- a real technical challenge. This would have been fascinating to read about. But instead the book is mostly structured as a repeat of Wool's conspiracy tropes. Those worked well in Wool, when this society has been running for centuries. But here, where the very engineers and support crews running the whole thing take daily amnesia drugs -- which somehow let them selectively forget their past, their acquaintances, but not their job skills -- well, it just left me smacking my forehead, especially when used to justify an impersonation. Because these people who think through all forward consequences would never foresee that being a problem with their amnesia pills, when a simple photo ID would solve the problem.Additionally, Donald continually gets awakened to solve rebellion problems in other silos but then does very little to solve them, instead spending his time moping around trying to uncover "the truth." And to this reader, at least, the rebellion narratives in the other silos merely repeated the much stronger realization of rebellion in Wool. So, to sum up, if you really love conspiracy narrative, such as the never-ending later season conspiracies of something like the X-files, and repeats of Wool-like rebellion sequences, you might like this. But if you want a convincing origin story for the silos, you may be sadly disappointed. I actually wish I hadn't read this one, as it also diminished my opinion of Wool by the end.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-12-02 21:02

    I got this in audio because the third book in Silo was BOGO on Audible, and now I'm not sure I care to read Dust (Wool, #9). I loved Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) and thought I would be interested in reading the prequel, the "how it all happened in the first place" story, but in the end, not so much. I actually think finding out the hows and whys do a disservice to the strange and isolated world we read about in Wool and I'm sorry I read this book. I'm even sorrier I spent so many hours listening to it, although near the end it was at 2.5x speed just to get through it. I gave it 2 stars because there were a few highlights - the character of Jimmy, the child left to fend for himself, was interesting, although difficult to write about. It actually might have been more interesting to focus on him in a My Side of the Mountain kind of treatment. The ending brought some things together kind of as a favor to those of us who finished.

  • Rob Wheatley
    2018-11-10 23:16

    Arggh!I like the concept.I wanted to find out what happens.I hated the execution!I found myself screaming at this book. I really liked the idea and I really wanted to keep reading to find out how it all ends, but I found aspects of the book really frustrating. You'll find yourself saying "for god's sake, just get on with it will you" and "Well, that doesn't fit" all the way through this book. If you can put up with that, then it's worth the read.Spoiler alert - don't read any more if you haven't read this book yet:For instance.- How do children's books last 100s of years of use?- Why have children's books with pictures of the outside world (grass, sky, animals etc) if you are trying to hide this from the silo occupants?- Why do 'regular' people in regular silos have tins of food (Jimmy looking for a can opener and finding canned food). More to the point, why have canned cat food that's edible 100s of years after the occupation of the silo. Come to think of it, why are there cats there in the 1st place give the way the silos we occupied!?!?!- Why didn't Donald piece it all together in the 2 years he was given The Order to read, or at least ask a couple of questionsOther things are frustrating too, like the long pointless dialogues (e.g. between Donald and his wife).It was things like this that got me frustrated, but at the same time I wanted to read on......

  • Jon Swartz
    2018-12-07 19:56

    I assumed it wouldn't be possible for Hugh Howey to match the suspense and freshness of the first of this series, Wool, but he surprised me. Shift is both a prequel and a companion novel, showing the ingenuous origins of the strange claustrophobic Wool universe, then moving forward to follow parallel characters and locations that we glimpsed only briefly in Wool. As before the action weaves between several different story lines and times, each told from the point of view of a different full fleshed character.Shift and Wool remind me a bit of the TV series Lost -- the self-contained world and its mysteries slowly unraveled -- but where Lost just piled on mysteries with no intention of answering them, these books wrap up satisfyingly.No idea if there's going to be a third installment, and once again I can't imagine how the same freshness could be generated, but this time around I won't be as surprised if he does!

  • Sean Smart
    2018-11-23 21:01

    Very disappointed in this book after the great first part in the trilogy. Very dull and tedious.

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    2018-11-20 22:50

    I simply couldn't finish this, it seemed to go on and on and on with over descriptive paragraphs and pages of nothingness.I didn't realise Shift was the prequel to the Wool Omnibus, I had loved Wool and wanted to know what was next instead I was plummeted into the "before". But it was tedious reading, I lasted 250 pages and just had to stop. I skipped to the last few chapters and have the feeling I didn't miss much in between.What a shame that the books didn't move forward in time, I found the characters in this so one dimensional and lacking in density of character, and things just blurred into never-ending words. I struggled to picture what was going on in my minds eye.I'm gutted! I had such high hopes, this was just too wordy and perhaps not so clever going back on the timeline rather than forwards. I'm unsure if I will read the last Omnibus "Dust" now. Really disappointed and I tried so hard to love it as I did Wool.I need a strong coffee now.

  • Olivia
    2018-11-29 19:53

    Shift makes me wish you could go higher than five stars in rating books. It's the prequel to Wool, which I liked so much I gave it five stars. And I liked Shift better than Wool.

  • Sad Sunday
    2018-11-28 21:09

    Thanks to Hugh Howey, now I can add "Apocalypse where everybody is living underground" to my "I am afraid of list". Here it goes:"I am afraid of" List (in order of whatever):1. That there will be more Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray books. 2. That I will never meet my Mr. Rochester. 3. Apocalypse where everybody is living underground. 4. Heights. 5. That G.R.R.Martin will never finish "The Game Of Thrones". 6. That Hogwarts doesn't exist. 7. (To Be Filled)9. The person who took number 8. 10. (To Be Filled)Comparing my list to the "Fears of 2015", my list is not that impressive. SIGHT. Going back to "Shift" - it wasn't impressive. In TV world such book would have been called "a filler" - an episode that explains a lot, but well, is kinda boring and gives not much about what to expect further. If this was the first book of the series, I doubt if I would have read further. It has the same feeling of darkness, suffocation and mystery as the first book, but it's not shocking, different or awesome. It's like reading a washing machine manual when you already centrifuged your cat. Howey has it's own unique style and "digs deep", but I would have rather read the explanation of creation of silos incorporated in further stories than taking a step back and reading a prequel. And, ummm... What book is next in the series? The order of Howey books is a mind-fuck...

  • Andy
    2018-11-20 20:57

    prequel to Wool, showing how the world descended to the Silos as part of (view spoiler)[deliberate plan to be shoot first in the use of a nano-tech weapon and preserve humanity's legacy until the fallout clears(hide spoiler)]main protagonist, Donald, appears as an every-man character who stumbles into the centre of every piece of action and this is my main issue with the story. He doesn't have any strong characteristics or motivation yet so much of the plot is constructed around himfinds himself a senator, working as an architect on a fallout shelter - ultimately the series of silos - but seems utterly unaware of their purpose until the Armageddon scene.mostly plot driven for his sections as he drifts up the command chain in the primary silogreat ideas, well developed, the need to use the ultimate weapon before it is used against youthe manipulation of the inhabitants of the other silos by silo #1 shifts, who themselves are (view spoiler)[likely to be sacrificed and are periodically woken from cryogenic sleep to keep things ticking over, but fed drugs to remove memory of previous life and how things came to be as they are (hide spoiler)]we get more interesting characters in the other silos as they struggle with rebellions fomented by silo 1

  • R.S. Carter
    2018-12-04 23:58

    Loved it. The first book in this series (Wool) is still one of my all-time favorites. This second book takes the reader back to the beginning of the Silos and the end of the world as we know it.The end is another one of his famous jaw-droppers, so I will certainly be getting to Dust soon.I was disappointed with the inherent sexism, though. When I think of "scifi" and "futuristic societies", whether or not they're dystopian, I hope for sexual and racial equality - such as that of Philip Dick novels. The massive inequality was frustrating. That said, it's fiction - anything goes.

  • Jennifer Koudelka
    2018-12-11 17:55

    Remember when Star Wars Episode I came out and George Lucas explained the Force through the introduction of midichlorians and it somewhat destroyed the mystery and wonder that the Force previously had in Star Wars lore? That's pretty much exactly how I feel in regards to learning the backstory of Wool. It is good as an author to have a strong understanding of your story's backstory and the events leading up to the main plot, but sometimes the audience really doesn't need any of those details. Sometimes knowing the details ruins the majesty created in the original novel. Speaking of the original novel, as this is the 2nd book in a trilogy, I will be spoiling plot events of Wool. Please do not keep reading if you do not wish to know the plot of Wool.As mentioned, Shift is a prequel to the events of Wool, telling the story of the formation of the Silos and how The Order and Legacy was created. It also tells the story of Jimmy/Solo in Silo 17 and the uprising in Silo 18 that happened before Jules. Upon first learning this, I was very intrigued. In Wool, we only saw a glimpse of what happened that caused everyone to be trapped in Silos and what we knew of Silo 1 was through Lukas and Bernard's very limited perspectives. I wanted to know how mankind gets from where we are today to living in underground Silos, unaware of everything. And I guess technically I got my answer... I just absolutely hated it.The main problem I have with the events of Shift is that Mr. Howey cements it very strongly in OUR historical timeline. I do not recall knowing specific years in Wool, but I did have a good sense that the timeline for that book probably took place in about 100 years or more in the future. Shift establishes the formations of the Silos in the 2040s. That is 30 years from now. He even makes a Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky reference, even further cementing the events of Shift in a not so distant future. Which in and of itself is not horrible. We can have the events of a sci-fi dystopia happen in a near future. However, when we establish such a close timeline to our own, we also have to now operate within our world's own logical boundaries.There is absolutely ZERO WAY the events of Shift could happen in our world, in America, in just 30 years in the future. If this was taking place long long ago in a galaxy far far away or on another planet or 200 years in the future, I can suspend my disbelief long enough to accept that somehow we could get away with this. But in our timeline? 30 years from now? I can't do it, my brain cannot accept that this is remotely possible.(view spoiler)[So here's the deal: before we even GET to 2040 Senator Thurman (who is our principle antagonist and reason for the silos at all) is very, VERY concerned about the threat of terrorism. He also wants to live for a very long time. Eventually humans start developing nanotechnology in the form of nanorobots that will in theory expand our lifespan and help fix health problems before they arise. They also can be programed. Thurman is terrified and CONVINCED that terrorists are going to take nanotechnology and use it to destroy America. And so. Thurman, being a senator in the United States of America, somehow gets funding approval to build the Silos as a defensive measure (I think that was the reasoning). BUT this does not appease Thurman's paranoia. No, he then DECIDES TO STOP THE TERRORISTS FROM USING A NANOTECHNOLOGY BOMB BY NUKING THE PLANET HIMSELF FIRST.It's a brilliant plan.And here are all my problems with this overall plan of Thurman's to "save" humanity by blowing it up:1. The amount of money that would have been needed to build the 50 or so Silos would have been astronomical. I am supposed to believe that in 30 years time Congress not only would have approved that GIANT sum of taxpayer's money be spent for one Silo, let alone 50? Without any regulatory committees checking every. single. little. thing. that money was being spent on?2. Thurman's whole basis for this plan is that mankind will not be able to handle the concept of terrorists using nanotechnology as a sort of breathable robotic bomb. We already have the threat of bioterrorism, though. How is this any different? Because robots? This level of disdain for humanity drives Thurman's entire thought process and it disgusts me. Would there be panic? Yes. Would we get over it and learn to adapt? Well, we WOULD have it Thurman hadn't BLOWN UP THE PLANET FIRST. He specifically says that "acts of war bring us together, acts of terrorism divide us and seed panic and mistrust." We already namechecked Bill Clinton I know for SURE that Thurman remembers 9/11. For better or worse we as a nation came together in response to that sort of terrorist attack. We have examples in human history PROVING that in the immediate response after an attack, humans come together as a nation, not run away and hide.3. How did Thurman get access to nuclear weapons? Someone PLEASE explain that to me. Explain how a senator, not the president, vice president, hell not even the majority whip, a SENATOR got access to nuclear weapons. Not only did he get access he was then able to target his own country in a scene that would make Michael Bay tear up in explosive American imagery and symbolism.4. THIS WHOLE PLAN IS DUMB YOU EXPECT ME TO BELIEVE A SENATOR WAS ABLE TO GET CONGRESS TO APPROVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF 50 SILOS WITHOUT THEM KNOWING WHAT WAS GOING ON AND THEN SOMEHOW ALSO NOT ONLY GET ACCESS TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITHOUT THE PRESIDENT/OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS/ANYONE KNOWING BUT THEN ALSO FIRE THEM AT HIS OWN CIVILIANS AND STILL THINK THAT HE'S SAVING PEOPLE??? (hide spoiler)]From there on out, my suspension of disbelief was completely shattered and I questioned the logic of every decision made. I grew disgusted at the general lack of value for human life. The basis of the Silos was built on a foundation of logical fallacies and paranoid delusions, everything else crumbled in its wake.I really don't want this to be a 10,000 word essay on all the things I found lacking in Shift, but there was really very little that I found compelling or expanded upon what we established in Wool. Oh, sure, we learn about Jimmy and Silo 17 and we learn about the uprising mentioned in Jules' time in Silo 18 that happened years before. But none of those passages felt like they taught me anything. We are jumping from Donald's point of view in Silo 1 with all his knowledge of what happened and then we cut back to Mission and Jimmy, two teenagers who don't understand anything that's going on. Their limited viewpoints now are just frustrating as I don't know WHY these things are happening. When we learned about Jimmy/Solo in Wool, what I was intrigued by was less his story of living alone in Silo 17 and more WHAT HAPPENED TO CAUSE EVERYONE IN SILO 17 TO DIE. And we just... don't get that from his perspective. He's a kid when it happens so he understandably doesn't know what's going on politically. And Mission... just doesn't seem necessary. I honestly don't feel like what I learned from going into the specifics of the Silo 18 uprising was necessary at all to know. Sure, it's I guess nice to know details but I don't feel that I learned much more than what I knew in Wool: there's an uprising, it was quelled, people now don't fully remember what happened. There's one connection to Holston that comes at the end of Mission's part, but it's so incredibly small that I missed it until it was pointed out to me.And yet. All of this I might have been able to look past and ignore if I enjoyed the characters of Shift like I did Wool. But... they're really bad. Mission is bland and not that interesting, Troy is fairly interesting but he's only in a small part of it, Thurman is the worst, Donald is a pawn who frustrates me more than anything else, Jimmy is fine I guess but by the time we got to his bits I was so jaded against the previous parts of the book I just wanted it to be over and done with.You might have noticed something about that list of names. Mainly that they are all male. Now there ARE some female characters. Two, to be precise. Three if you want to count Donald's sister, which I don't because she has about... maybe 10 lines and is a plot contrivance. Oh, and I just remembered old lady Crowe in Mission's timeline. She's a lady, but is only in Mission's story which is very insular and even then she is a prize to be sought after, not her own person. So going back to our two female characters. Our ONLY female characters that affect Donald, our protagonist. Helen and Anna.They're in a love triangle.They're in a love triangle where Anna is the temptress ex-girlfriend and Helen is the off screen wife who dutifully worries about her brave husband while trying to handle her feelings of jealousy and mistrust about Anna.After getting an entire book that centered around a complex, wonderful, marvelous female character with multiple women side characters who are treated the same way as the male characters are, we now get the entire female population shoved offscreen for dumb plot contrivances and are left with Anna and Helen, and Helen remains offscreen most of the entire book. She is the worried wife calling when her husband stays late, the wife who loves him oh so much but is not comfortable with Anna being so close to him, she fears losing him to Anna's temptress ways. And Anna is the seductive ex-girlfriend who does not respect Donald's marriage and does what she wants and takes what she wants and (view spoiler)[at one point coerces Donald into having sex with her which I would most definitely classify as rape. Donald speaks of lying there unable to do anything to stop her and feeling horrible and hating himself for not speaking up more, even though he told her 'no' over 10 times. (hide spoiler)]The faithful wife and the temptress. Those are our two female characters. Our ONLY two female characters. One of whom Donald shares maybe two scenes with. She is more of an ideal than anything else. She is a vision, an imaginary happy little perfect woman we never truly get to interact with.I don't know if I will read Dust. I want to find out what happens to Jules and Lukas, but... Shift has destroyed my enthusiasm for this series so much that I have to debate really hard on whether or not I want to continue, if I want to see this through to the end."Some secrets should remain buried..." Man... I really wish you had followed your own advice, Mr. Howey.

  • Stephanie Swint
    2018-11-15 17:08

    The minute I finished 'Wool' (Silo Saga #1) I snatched up 'Shift.' 'Wool' left a huge cliffhanger and I had to know what happened next. That is when I realized 'Shift' is the story of how the Silo came about. It was the answer to what caused the people in the Silo to live underground and what catastrophe had destroyed the topside of the earth. I was a bit disappointed but still very interested. I finished a fourth of the book before I realized I was forcing myself to read it. I simply wasn't in the frame of mind. I put it on my 'to-be-continued' shelf until I was ready to enjoy it instead of slog through it.Browsing audible I found that Tim Gerard Reynolds narrated the book. He's a fantastic narrator, so I got this version at a considerably cheaper rate, due to whispersync, as I already had the kindle version. I started listening to 'Shift' a little while ago. I still had difficulty connecting to this book. The writing is not to fault. Howey did a wonderful job, and Tim Gerard Reynolds narrated it very well.'Shift' is set in Washington D.C. We follow Donald, a newly appointed Senator for Georgia. He has a strong connection to powerful senior Senator Thurman, whom he grew up with. We find out that Donald was gifted the election by Thurman. Donald would not have won on his own and Thurman has his own agenda for him. Donald, his fellow friend and junior Senator Mitch, and several other new Georgia appointees are tasked to work on Thurman's secret legacy project. Very little information is given. Each person only knows about their section of it. Donald's true task is not to represent Georgia, he still has to do that of course, but he is to utilize his architectural skills, taking a design he created in College, and adapt it to be built underground. He is to develop the Silo.'Shift' details the Silo project and switches in between two periods of time: the time the Silo Project was built, and the time after where Donald and Thurman are woken from a cryogenic freeze periodically to deal with problems arising in the Silo.The story does not really have any redeeming characters. You have two women in Donald's life who are flat and one-dimensional. Helen, his wife, who lives in Georgia. You never learn much about her other than Donald loves her, she is jealous of Anna, she is a sounding board, and she takes care of their dog. Anna, is a past girlfriend of Donald's and is Thurman's daughter. They still have attraction to one another, and Donald constructs boundaries as Anna finds ways to tear them down. She is the IT intelligence behind the Silo project. We are supposed to feel for and like Donald, but I couldn't help but be irritated at his naiveté. He worked in Washington and grew up with Thurman as a child. It was hard for me to believe he hadn't developed some cynicism. The revelations should not have been so hard for him to figure out.There is value in this book, but you will not be getting your answers to the cliffhanger in 'Wool.' You will get a build up to it at the very end but expect that the cliffhanger from the first book won't be answered till the third. 'Shift' is interesting , you get answers to why the Silo's were developed. I would classify it more as political thriller than dystopian fiction. I am interested enough to move to the third, but I wasn't nearly as excited or drawn into this book as 'Wool.'