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Shift (Silo #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  31,930 ratings  ·  2,481 reviews
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 disc ...more
Kindle Edition, 520 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by Broad Reach Publishing
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*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 don’t you may not completely grasp the full ramification

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 wa
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
Alexis Rado
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 ...more
Timothy Ward
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 stars

PROS: Strong beginning; empathy for major characters; challenging philosophical themes about war and sacrifice to survive as a human race.

Brendon Schrodinger
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 g

Really 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 Wo
John Carter McKnight
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
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 a
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-numbin
D.J. Gelner
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 wr
Russ Melrose
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
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 an
Pam (E.P. Scott)
Well, I liked Wool better but this story didn't disappoint. Shift Omnibus moves back in time, to the beginning, where everything falls apart, and the people, who decided that the fate of human kind should be left to a select few.

I found it both an advantage and disadvantage, reading Wool first. There were times, like when Senator Thurman is in a library looking at books and hands one to Donald telling him to pay attention to the binding, the books interior structure and durability. Donald asks
Scott Kennedy
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,
Jonathan Swartz
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 fles ...more
Rob Wheatley

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
R.S. Carter
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 nove
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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 i ...more
A solid 4.0 stars.
An excellent extension of the Wool series. Complicated and emotional. I agree with several of the reviews that say the Shift books are a bit slower and less intense than the Wool books - too true. But still, they are engaging and nicely tie up some areas that were question marks in the Wool books. The first book (First Shift - Legacy) was pretty boring, actually - but in hindsight I see the necessity for the setup. I struggled a litle bit with trying to keep the "when" clear be
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*4.25 stars*

Sarò molto breve perché non ho proprio molto da dire.
Mi è piaciuto questo nuovo capitolo nella serie ma non quanto il primo libro.
Ho apprezzato il fatto che finalmente è spiegato come si è arrivati alla creazione dei Silo ecc. ecc.

Insomma, un buon libro ma dato che mi è piaciuto così tanto il primo libro forse le mie aspettative erano un po' più alte della norma.
Vedremo come sarà con l'ultimo libro!
Stephanie Swint
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 ...more
Anam Ali
Ugh what is wrong with men in this series? Why are they all so whiny and crying and wallowing in oodles of man-pain and self-pity all the time? Why? I never thought I'd say this, because it is always said that male authors can't write good female characters (there are some brilliant exceptions, of course) but I think we've finally met a guy who cannot write good male characters. NEVER have I loved a book so much while hating the main male characters so hard and so vehemently. Let's have an overv ...more
I liked wool, and I definitely read this book all the way through. I just have issues with this story that became more apparent in this sequel. For one he spends probably eight chapters, maybe two hours worth of reading on a story, that of solo, which you already know the outcome of. You want to spend 2 hours reading about a man's ten years of hanging out in an abandoned silo with his cat? And then his cat dies and he's alone? I don't. And I wish I hadn't.

And the story of solo gets to a second
I honestly wasn't all that interested in starting this book at first, because I didn't care much at all about how the silos started or what happened before the events we saw in Wool Omnibus. But Howey quickly changed my mind with an intriguing setup in the first book, jumping back and forth in time to before and after the silos were set up. There was just enough mystery, even with everything we know from Wool, to keep me excited to learn more. Some of the reveals were pretty obvious, but it was ...more
3.5 stars

If you are considering going straight to the 3rd book after you read Wool Omnibus, don' need some info. from this book :D

It took me longer to get into this book than it did for book one, and overall it wasn't as strong of a read as book one, but it really does provide great background that connects really well with the current state that Wool Omnibus left us.

I again appreciated the range of emotions that the characters brought forth and look forward to book three.
2049. gads - pasaule salīdzinot ar mūsdienām nav diez ko daudz izmanījusies, pasaules apdzīvotāji joprojām cīnās ar terorismu, brīvību un taisnību. Taču nākotnē cilvēci sagaida kaut kas draudošs. Daži cilvēki šos draudus apzinās un strādā pie plāna, kā cilvēci no tiem pasargāt. Izdzīvošanas stratēģija nav no vienkāršākajām, un lai tā nostrādātu, ir jāsaglabā absolūta slepenība. ASV kongresmenis Donalds Kīns iesaistījies interesantā projektā, kas paredz glabāt lielu daudzumu ar kodolatkritumiem s ...more
4 Stars

I must say, I got more information than I wanted in this book. Yes, some was needed, and some bored me to tears. Overall, Wow.

It was so interesting to see the initial planning for the silos begins. The how's and why's, are just mind-boggling, upsetting and scary. To think that there are those who believe they have the right to make life and death decisions for humanity as a whole; is so very scary. There are those like that; those who believe in Utopia instead of reality. They are danger
Wool by Hugh Howey is a Science Fiction Dystopian novel set in a underground world after an apocalyptic event has occurred. It is the second book in the Silo Trilogy.

The plot of Shift revolves around a man called Donald who is a rising political figure who gets approached by Senator Thurman about a project he would like his help with. This project is hidden in the shadows and is classified and unknown by everyone who is not directly involved. Donald is tasked to design a building for one purpose
Ivan Lutz
Mišljenje se nije promijenilo. Volim inače antiutopijske knjige, i nikada mi ih nije dosta iako su sve od istu martinelu, ali brate ovo je toliko znanstveno prazno, puno logičkih rupa, a one nanosonde koje vladaju svijetom su toliko neuvjerljive da mislim da je vjerojatnije sresti ludog šeširdžiju i proći kroz ogledalo... Stil je katastrofalan, narativna tehnika je ujednačena i nema ama baš nikakve gradacije u dikciji, doslovno kao da je pisao robot. Čini mi se da kao pisac uopće nije zainteresi ...more
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I'm the author of WOOL, a top 5 science fiction book on Amazon. I also wrote the Molly Fyde saga, a tale of a teenager from the 25th century who is repeatedly told that girls can't do certain things -- and then does them anyway.

A theme in my books is the celebration of overcoming odds and of not allowing the cruelty of the universe to change who you are in the process. Most of them are classified
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Other Books in the Series

Silo (3 books)
  • Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
  • Dust (Silo, #3)
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) Wool (Wool, #1) Dust (Silo, #3) First Shift: Legacy (Shift, #1) Sand Omnibus (Sand, #1-5)

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