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Second Shift: Order

(Silo #2B)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  11,036 ratings  ·  463 reviews
The incredible second part of Shift, the follow up to bestseller Wool.

Donald wasn't supposed to remember. In fact, he was punished for doing just that. But the information he should have forgotten may end up saving his future.

Mission Jones is a young man who wants to change the world around him. The rules, the secrets, the lies. Putting his own life on the line, he fights
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Broad Reach Publishing (first published November 1st 2012)
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Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This sequel/prequel is not as great as Wool (if we started comparing, but maybe if it is better if I don't because I might find more negative stuff than positive,) still love the world and story-line that Hugh Howey created, so after finishing up with these, hopefully the last book of the series 'Dust' will give me the same feels as 'Wool'. I'm a hopeful person, what can I say.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter, I was captivated by the details. After reading First Shift, I had so many questions. The answers to some of those questions are in Second Shift. Some are right there in the story, and some can be inferred by watching the details. Hugh Howey is expert at hiding clues and twisting the story into unexpected shapes. The result is while this book contained a satisfying amount of explanation of prior events, it also presents a whole new group of questions. He's given us more of ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
OK, I owe Hugh Howey an apology.

After raving about Wool Omnibus Wool 1 - 5, I was very critical of its successor First Shift - Legacy Wool 6.

But, now having read book 7, I can see a larger picture. Books 6-8 in this series are intended to be read together. Now, Howey's doing us all a favor by releasing them individually (and he'll make a little more money, too, I hope), but 7 really complements 6 and I encourage folks to read them back-to-back.

For those of you that enjoyed 1-5, books six and se
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hugh Howey is like a bottle of burgundy. He just keeps getting better and more refined with age, each work better than his last, but all well worth reading. This is the second volume of the Shift series, prequel trilogy to the Wool series. It begins bridging the gap between the apocalypse and Jules' story, explaining how the silos came to be, and how the Order was established. As always, Hugh's characters are vivid, solid, and well developed. You feel for them, root for them, and hope for them. ...more
Ted Lutter
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Second Shift is a very quick read. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it all on my computer and IPhone because I couldn't wait 3 days for my broken Kindle to be replaced. The two stories are interesting & well told. I found this story to be much more enjoyable than "First Shift" and in my opinion it's on par with the Omnibus book. Even though it's been month's since I spent time in this world, I found myself wondering how this prequel will connect with "Wool". As a reader of Hugh's blog ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy all books written by this author. His stories are intelligent, logically unpredictable, suspenseful, include wonderful characters readers can relate to, and on, and on, and on. I will read anything this guy writes with utmost pleasure.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the book not 15 minutes ago, so this won't be the most coherent review ever as my mind is a mess right now and that was incredible, but it'll be spoiler-free.

Let me start by saying I didn't enjoy this novel as much as WOOL or First Shift, but I still loved it. Intensely. The previous books had a much more riveting plot and the author himself said he found this one slightly boring. However, not giving it 5 stars would be criminal.

For what Second Shift lacked in excitement, it shin
Zack Hiwiller
Dec 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Mr. Howey is clearly cashing in on the goodwill generated from his first collection of Wool novellas. Second Shift doesn't stand alone as an interesting story. It's almost like Wool fanfiction at this point. The inciting incident really doesn't take place until more than halfway through the book and by that time I was really aching for it to get interesting. With the mystery of the series extinguished, there's really little carrying reader interest forward. Every smaller-scale mystery that gets ...more
Kenneth Millington
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent addition to the Wool/ Silo series. A little more of the origin story is revealed broadening the Wool world and enriching some of the characters. Howey is a great writer, simultaneously bringing big content and themes in a real page turner. Echos of today's problems recast in this post- apocalyptical tale exploring the nuances of humanity when confronted by extraordinary circumstances. Highly recommended..... after you have read the series in order!!!
Althea Ann
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Second Shift: Order,' like 'First Shift,' features two linked narratives.

In one, we continue the drama in Silo One, between Donald, Senator Thurman, and his daughter, Anna, as Donald is awoken from cryosleep for his 'second shift.'

In the other narrative, the action takes place in Silo 18, where we meet a young porter called Mission, who has never known any other world but that of his silo. The only inkling he and his contemporaries have had that things might once have been different are the s
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Again, not that impressed. I felt like this one got lost in a vocabulary of the silos (especially for the Silo 18 parts) that I just didn't get. The characters seem pretty poorly developed, especially Mission, which I guess is forgivable as none of them know their own histories. I feel like there are no real rules, though, in these books: the freezing/deep sleep thing and then reawakening particular people whenever it works just was a little too scifi for my tastes (though the description of tha ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Second book in the prequel trilogy of Wool. While I was really enjoying First Shift as it gave insight into what happened to the Earth and the reasons behind Silo project, this one goes into another direction covering more of a moral side of it. We follow Donald in Silo 1 in one part of the book and the Mission, porter in Silo 18, in another. While I enjoyed Silo 1, was not so much into porter story. I mean, it's good story revealing events before Great Uprising (how many was there anyway) but s ...more
Kate Sherrod
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
After a reader has taken a few of the pummelings that Hugh Howey delivers so very, very well in his Wool/Silo series, one starts a new one with a certain caution that is not unlike the so-called Firefly Effect, I find. One knows going in that one is going to love at least one of the characters passionately, and that one is going to suffer horribly as a result. So the teeth clench, the abdominal muscles tighten and "guard" even as one flips past the title and copyright pages.

Such was my experienc
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
OMG THIS BOOK. I adore the Wool series/universe. They're all so well written, Second Shift being no exception. Just... ugh. So good.


That said, I do have one minor criticism: Everybody Loves Donny. He's the man who does what's "right" as opposed to what's "necessary." Or, at least, that's what we're told. I'm not totally convinced, only because we NEVER SEE HIM DO ANYTHING, not really. Donny spends all of the series so far reacting rather than act
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
Another solid entry in the Wool universe, or rather, Silo universe. In the author's words, he called Wool the first act, the Shift books the second act, and they all shall come together in the third act, called DUST. Exciting!

Anyhow! Second Shift unsurprisingly continues what First Shift began: a look at the backstory of the silo world, how it all happened. The two protagonists are Donald from First Shift who is supposed to help with figuring out how to save one of the silos in danger of going u
Feb 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: sci-fi
It's become clear to me that Hugh Howey is not a very good writer. He has little to offer in turns of phrases or elegant writing. I don't understand his legion of fawning reviews on Goodreads or Amazon. Don't get me wrong, he's talented in terms of plotting when you aren't sure where he's going - the Wool series was fantastic because he keeps you on your toes and shifts frequently. Wool was full of surprises.

The Shift series is not full of surprises. The Shift series is navel-gazing at its worst
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014, e-books
4 Stars

This is a very fast read and a decent continuation of the Shift story line. This book is not quite up to the high level of some of the previous books in the Wool universe. The characters are well done and the writing is still excellent, but this book lacks substance. There is very little added back story wise or anything new to the world itself. This one plays like so many middle novels that are there to fill a roll and to add depth and clarity to the long story arcs.

I am a huge fan of Hu
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Uh-maz-ing. But jeez louise, Hugh, what a cliffie you left us on. I am loving how all the stories and characters are starting to come together. And though I miss Jules, I was thrilled to see that Donald was back. I am sure I have nothing to offer as far as review that others have not already said, but I will say one thing. My favorite part of these books is that my views are constantly challenged, so to speak. I will find myself nodding along with a character and then nodding along with an "oppo ...more
Karen’s Library
Hugh Howey does it again! I literally could not put this book down and read most of it in one sitting. Each Wool book just gets better and better which is hard to imagine since Wool Omnibus was incredible! I love this genre and nobody does it better!
Ryan Demerick
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it

This self-made author came out of nowhere, and is a force to be reckoned with. The 'Wool' world screams of fear, and shouts with hope. This story started slow, but gotta love the energetic ending-cliffhanger shit. My nipples are hard for the next story.
Charles McDougald
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better! This makes me very happy I purchased a kindle.
Robbie Russell
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent installment of the silo series. Read these books, they're great!!! nothing more to say.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another AWESOME installation to the Wool series!!!
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I can't wait for the next one.
Jaclyn Harrison
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. My least favorite of the series so far. Not that it was bad, just wasn’t as good as the others.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
The intriguing thing about the WOOL stories is that they focus on what comes after the apocalypse happens, after the dust settles and the new world unfurls. Its not the apocalypse that we are concerned about, its how the world adapts, falters, grows. And yet, despite this, there is still an echo threading through of what came before and as a reader, the mystery of what caused the world to collapse and who made the silos is like an itch that niggles. Second Shift is the second part in a middle tr ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hugh Howey writes his stories in such a way that you either buy many little sections to make up the whole book or (you do what I do) you wait until the entire collection is possible in book format. There is nothing wrong with this, I merely find it difficult to review each individual section as, for me, the whole is worth more than the parts.

So, with that in mind, here is a review of the collective for you (so you can make a decision about whether the Wool trilogy is right for you):

A brilliant p
Graeme Ing
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, dystopian
I have to give this a 3, which pains me after being riveted to the entire Wool series so far.

This book covers two perspectives, one from inside the control Silo, and the other from a deeply troubled silo.

Donald/Troy is reawoken in Silo 1. Like First Shift, it is interesting to see the events of the other, troubled silo through the eyes of those aware of The Legacy and everything that happened. Unfortunately, it is too similar to First Shift to add much to the Silo mythos.

The other silo plotline
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
I was a big fan of the Wool series of books. The Shift books have not done nearly as much for me. They suffer from what I would call "prequel syndrome." We've built relationships and tensions within the first series that have yet to be resolved, and then we are thrust back into the past to see how it all started. There is a large amount of backstory, and you really want to show it off. I get that, but this suffers in much the same way that the Star Wars prequels suffer. It attempts to show us no ...more
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Silo (3 books)
  • Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
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