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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 disco...more
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published April 14th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing (first published April 5th 2012)
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Ted
I've read a review that states that this book is better than "Wool - Omnibus Edition" but I don't agree. I do however believe that the book is fantastic. It's twice now that Hugh Howey was able to delight me to the point that I just didn't want to stop reading. It's possible that I found the Omnibus better as that story while connected to this one seems complete while "First Shift" will be followed by "Second Shift" and "Third Shift"? The only thing to do now, is to start on the Molly Fyde books...more
Page
It has come to my attention that perhaps I was a bit hard on Hugh "I'm not a misogynist, some of my best friends have ovaries!" Howey. Thus, a friend lent me First Shift so I could review the book, not the author. After all, don't I know that Hugh Howey is one of the preeminent science fiction authors of our time, if not ALL TIME?!?!?

So let's review. In the year 2049, a neophyte Congressman from Georgia, Donald Keene (whose intellect is anything but), comes to Washington and does absolutely noth...more
Slickery
Although it's interesting to get the background of how the Silos came to be and why the history is lost, a lot of this just feels like the Exposition Fairy went on a bender. But as usual Howey's characters are fully realized people and the writing is engaging. The end pulled this from a 3 to 4 to me because of how it ties to the original 5 stories.

Now for the nitpicks.

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Lee
I'm struggling with the number of stars for this one ... 3.5 stars would be my choice. I finished a couple of days ago and I've been struggling with how I feel about First Shift.

I devoured Wool Omnibus, loved it. The characters were real, they felt real. Wool-O is one of the best science fiction stories I have ever read (and I've been reading science fiction since 1966 -- I'm OLD!) I believed the sociology and psychology of life in the Silo. And I love all the other Howey stories I've read. I wa...more
Ellen
Once again, here I am in the minority. Apparently, Howey is a self-publishing god of sorts, with Ridley Scott optioning film rights and Random House giving him an incredible traditional publishing deal. Howey has made huge amounts of money from ebooks and has many, many fans.

You know, I could be one of those fans. There's something about his writing that attracts me -- that wanting to know more. However, what I've read just hasn't attracted me enough to want to spend more money.

After hearing abo...more
Amber
I'm halfway through this installment to the silo series and I'm hooked! I'm trying to make it last but cant wait to get through it either.

update:

Just finished "first shift"! loved it and it's a great addition to the series and just makes me want more. I loved the political aspect and how plausible it seems. I'll admit, I love a good conspiracy so I'm biased, but the realism of this story kindly hits u.
Julia Reed
While I liked the Wool series, the Shift sequels were more a return to the form of Hugh Howey I saw in the one Molly Fyde novel I drudged through. Pretty uninspired, slow storytelling, focusing on the wrong things. With a lot of cumbersome dialogue thrown in for good measure. If you liked the pacing and imagination of Wool, you'll probably be disappointed with Shift.

For one thing, Howey spend far too much of the Shift novels on a pretty unbelievable and boring prequel story, which explains in d...more
Richard
Reading this series is like working on a very detailed and intricate jigsaw puzzle. You start reading and a few of the puzzle pieces fit together and you can see a small section of the puzzle. But it is enough to have yearnings to understand this place and people. Then additional puzzle pieces come and you are delighted to see bigger sections of the whole, yet you are always left with curiosity for more. This most recent work of our friend Hugh brings more clarity to this world by answering one...more
Knitography
I wanted to like this book more than I did; Wool is a great series and I was excited to jump back into that world. Much as I wanted to love this prequel, it just doesn't stand up to the other stories.

First Shift switches back and forth between two separate timelines. In the immediate future, a junior Congressman and former architecture student named Donald is (largely unwittingly) roped into designing parts of what will become Silo 1. In the more distant future, Troy is the leader of Silo 1, wor...more
Kaila
This review is also available on my blog, Stumptown Books.

Quite the addition to the Wool universe! I was unable to put it down. Once again Mr. Howey draws us in with lifelike characters that emotionally resonate, like this story has already happened and he's just explaining it to us. It's an amazing gift to make the future seem so close. It's gripping and fast paced, but still manages to retain the same poignancy we all loved in the Wool series.

We begin in 2049, following around Congressman Dona...more
Eric Hammel
I have very mixed feelings about First Shift.

I was immensely surprised to find out how much I liked the first five Wool volumes. I bought into the mystery; I felt it and the exposition were handled just right by an amazing talent. I was completely satisfied by where it began and where it ended. I did not require answers to questions I considered superfluous.

When I noticed First Shift, I circled for a time. I was loath to find out whatever secrets it might yield. But curiosity won out.

I do not qu...more
Augie
I loved Howey's first Wool stories, collected into the Omnibus edition. I gave that book a five-star rating, but this one left me less delighted. The other stories happen in a world of Howey's creation, and it's a leaving and breathing world that (mostly) makes sense. This book, by contrast, happens in our world (or the world of 2049, anyway) and it is full of nonsensical situations. Where the rest of the Wool series seems anchored in reality, this one required several leaps of faith that I was...more
Cass
I was a fan of the Wool series, even before I was privileged to enjoy a bit of ongoing banter with the author and some other readers. This book is a good addition to the series. It is worthy of 5-stars for its originality, 4-stars for writing, but only 3-stars for length.

As a standalone it is almost amazing. Like a five star book that just needs to be a bit longer, a bit fuller, pack a bit more of a punch. There was a love triangle, but it didn't hook me. There was a great ending, that didn't q...more
H3dakota
Let me just start off by saying that I love this series and I think that Howey is an unbelievably talented & imaginative writer. That said, I must admit that I was very disappointed with this book for several reasons. While it retained the same flavor as Wool, the story felt rushed and a bit disjointed. I would rather have waited another year & gotten a better story than this story.

My biggest issues with it are much weightier than that, however.

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Dan
How come I've never heard of Hugh Howey? He's quickly becoming a favorite author. Three cheers for self-publishing-indie authors! Three cheers for Amazon and the Kindle that make these books available to me!

Here's a disclaimer . . . if I could write code to make these words shine with flashing lights, I would write it here:

Before you pick up First Shift: Legacy, you MUST read the Wool Omnibus first. Not should read first--MUST read first.

Wool is the beginning of an incredible story. It's world i...more
Kyle
This is a really interesting series, both in terms of actual content and in terms of the way it's been written and released. In some ways it feels more like a TV series than a series of books; it's clear that the author is discovering things about his world and his characters as he writes. The books are self-published on Amazon, but they're not at all amateurish. They're certainly of higher quality than a lot of traditionally-published mass-market SF paperbacks - the writing is solid, and they'r...more
Jeremy
Aug 20, 2012 Jeremy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jeremy by: Amazon.com
I simply cannot get enough Wool. The one complaint that I have with post-apocalyptic fiction, generally, is that it tends to be very depressing. That's understandable, given the nature of the genre (something really bad happened, a bunch of people died off in really horrible ways, and now let's begin our story!). The Wool series is no different, and all of these books can be really depressing, but for some reason, I just don't care. The stories are just that good. That was true for Wool 1-5, and...more
Chip
Not as suspenseful as the other installments in the series, but still a good read and certainly intrigued to see where he goes from here. For something that, I think, started as a single short story - indeed, almost just a picture - impressive to see where he has taken it.

I suppose, too, this speaks well of Amazon and the rise of the ebook/estory - but for that, doubt Howrey would have anything like the success he's achieved.
Niels Pedersen
I stretched this prequel out for seven whole days and I consider this to be an amazing feat of self restraint. The whole time the story nagged and pleaded with my subconscious, begging me for another hit, whispering promises, and saying "just one more".
Hugh Howey is a crack dealer, but it's a sweet, sweet, addiction.
Chris
Howey's done it again. This prequel to the Wool series is fantastic and I can't wait for the next installment. One caution - the book is great but the five-star impact of this book can only be achieved after having first read the Wool series.
Damali
This was a nail-biter. It's like you're shivering because you know there's a hungry monster waiting under your bed for you to stick an arm or a leg out for it to eat, but you figure if you don't move or make noise until morning, it'll go away. But the next night, it starts all over again.

This was set before Wool Omnibus Edition
Each chapter went back and forth from pre-post apocalyse, to just before the events in Wool happened, then it met up where the Omnibus edition ended. So I expect the next...more
Wiley
The first five episodes/"books" were actually very engaging and enjoyable. I didn't think much of the First Wool#1 "book" because it was just a Short Story, with unanswered questions and logic gaps. I chose not to proceed with Wool#2. Many weeks later, in a weak moment, with nothing else immediately available on my Reader, I started on Wool #2. I got Hooked! Read all of the "Omnibus" (#2-#5) with intent interest and enjoyed it all immensely...good science fiction (not science fantasy).

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Anand
Wool was wonderful. Since Wool is a post-apocalyptic set in far in the future, the unknown or the unexplained is taken for granted, and believing what the author narrates is easier since non one has seen the future so it all fantasy and make believe. But when the setting is just 30 years in the future in a setting supposed to be very similar to the current times, it is very difficult to believe things as is- the author needs to explain how things have come to the way they are. This is where Firs...more
Mitzi
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Debbie
I sped through the Wool Omnibus and immediate bought this one to read. First Shift takes a step back and looks at how the silos were first conceived of and formed. The story is told in shifting points-of-view: the first Donald, a junior Congressional Representative who gets tapped to work on a super secret project by his mentor; and the second Troy, a worker in Silo One who is woken out of cryosleep to take his sift being the leader of the Fifty Silos.

This book is haunting in its possibilities....more
Wade McGinnis
See, the thing about the Wool books is that even when you know, you can just tell, what the author has planned, it's still a blast when you read it. I found myself just as desperate as Donny racing towards his wife at the end, just as eager to reach the climax - and if you've read any of these books, you know the climax will be a bitch.

The Wool books seem to be perfectly balanced with story and shedding just enough light on the underlying mythology so that you think that you get it.... but you...more
Nick
This book was a big disappointment after reading Wool 1-5. Howey's strengths lie in creating suspense and constructing big, interesting story arcs. Where he is weaker, in my opinion, is in creating compelling characters. It took most of Wool 1-5 before I felt like he really finally had some compelling characters. In this first prequal, he pushes the reset button and starts over. While he does provide some satisfying details of the back story to Wool, he does it with a long, long build up of intr...more
Alexander
The Wool novels were sort of entertaining as a description of a self-contained dystopian nightmare world, even though many elements were wildly unconvincing. This book is just bad...it tries to give the background explanation for the building of the silos that appear in the Wool novels. The "explanation", the plot, the characters, the dialog, the insight into human nature are so flimsy and unrealistic that the novel is barely readable. I was looking forward to reading the "Shift" series, but I a...more
Nadia
Although I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others and it took me a while to get into it I'm glad I stuck through it. I read Wool 1 - 5 straight after each other so it was quite easy to catch on where I left off. Quite some time had passed before I started reading Wool 6 and I kept on questioning whether I should know the characters.

I really enjoyed the book though after I realised that these were new characters and it was great to realise how the silos came to being. Will definitely read t...more
Leah
I was not expecting a lot from Shift, given how second (and third) entries in trilogies seem to go. I couldn't help but think of the Hunger Games, where I found the first fairly good, but found my time sort of wasted by the second, and outright wasted by the third. This was compounded by the fact that I didn't seem to have a lot of interest in how the silo (view spoiler) came to be or in general history of life in a silo. Perhaps I am only ranking this book so highly because...more
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