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Third Shift: Pact

(Silo #2C)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  9,557 ratings  ·  482 reviews
The third and final chapter of the Shift saga. This is part 8 of the Silo Series, which began with Wool.
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Broad Reach Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Patrice Fitzgerald
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well, I guess I've become a Woolie. Woolgatherer? Silo-phile? Howeyite?? Like the Trekkies or LOTR aficionados, a group of eager fans now awaits anything that Hugh Howey writes. And they won't be disappointed with this one.

One of Howey's great gifts is the way he designs his books, and this world, like a mosaic, a little information here and a little information there, going back and forth in time and filling in answers to questions – frequently running two different time-lines in one volume. To
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This prequel (sequel) - I'm not even sure how to call it, feels like a retelling that I didn't actually need (I would have done without it,) but since I'm still interested in the created worlds and I found some familiar characters here, I dealt with it. Higher rating than intended because of sentimental value (first book of the series that I really loved,) and because of 'hope' that things can get better in next one (though there wasn't really much hope in this one to be begin with)
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
A rare misstep for the wonderful Hugh Howey, and I can't help but feel like this one was rushed.

There are two books here, one just as fascinating and five-star as the rest of the collection, and the other about Solo. Here's the thing: we already know about Solo. The character presented in the Wool books was strong and well-written and my impression of him remains unchanged after reading this book. If you're going to spend half a book on an already established character, we have to learn somethi
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect setup for Dust!

I don't want to give anything away so no mention how terrified of pineapples I am now. I will say that Third Shift Donny is this incredible mix of doofy accountant Cyril Figgis from Archer and rampage-prone Liam Neeson from Takens 1 through 2. The Solo and Silo 17 back story was entertaining and the revelations were impressive without explaining away all the mystery.

The Note to the Reader at the end will jokingly advise you to skip the Epilogue -- as if that were physi
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this "hot of the press", so to speak. I have read all the books in the Silo series. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but this book is somewhat of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong Solo is my favourite character, and I love the cat. It just seems as if this story is a bridge between previous books and books to come. One must have read all the other books in the series before understanding this book at all. I do have a great deal of pity for someone who had to spend years living, almost ...more
Annabel Smith
Third Shift bridges the gap between the first two stories of the foundation of the Silos and the place where Wool begins. As such, it provides some useful information, but as a work of fiction, it is not very satisfying, especially compared to some of the other books in the Wool series.

Jimmy/Solo is, to me, the least successful of the characters Howey has created. When we meet him, in Wool, he is a damaged, haunted character, for obvious reasons. But when we meet him in in Third Shift, thirty od
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
2/11/13: I loved this one a bit less than the rest of the series, though it still gripped me enough that I was able to get through the whole thing during my commute and in a couple sittings after work. The narrative split didn't work as well for me as the Donald/Troy or Donald/Mission splits in First Shift - Legacy and Second Shift - Order. Solo is an interesting character, but nothing really comes of his chapters except confirmation of what we guessed about him in Wool: he lost everyone he care ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The third and final installment of the Shift Trilogy was the best by far. Hugh Howey's character development is exceptional as always. Even the most vile of characters have you feeling sympathy and fear for them. Solo, or Jimmy's story was especially moving, leaving you rooting for him even though you already know where he will end up (if you read the Wool Omnibus). There wasn't a lot missing from this story. I got to the end and had a moment where I thought "Hey! What about______?" Then I read ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished Third Shift a couple of days ago. As is usual for Hugh Howey’s books, I finished it in a day. I then found I needed some time to think about it – which is not usual, at least for the Wool series.

There are five stars up there, for all kinds of great reasons. Once again, I was captivated by Hugh’s storytelling. I love that I can see, hear, and feel the environments described, and the thoughts and feelings of the characters. There’s no mistaking Jimmy’s fear, confusion, and loneliness. D
Brent R.
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
First things first - If you haven't already read the first 7 books go read them now! This review may include privileged info from those (i.e. spoilers to earlier books).

In every series, there always seems to be a "bridge" that only exists to get you from point A to point B, but on its own merits is a bit weak. For me, "Third Shift" seems to be a bridge.

The Epilogue from Second Shift gave you all the information you need to know where this tale starts. And Hugh has made it abundantly clear that h
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A timeline. Long ago, and more than once, I read the Foundation Series. A year or so ago, I read the Wool series, plus First Shift. Then I read the ENTIRE Foundation Universe...then Second and Third Shift, rounding out the Shift Series.

Howey and Asimov can hardly be more different as writers. Their worlds are completely disparate, and somehow find their way to a common nexus.

Howey distills human existence to its most primal form, then locked it away...a pot boiling and boiling until all the wa
Thomas Cardin
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hugh does not disappoint me. I can't say much that anyone else who loved this book hasn't already, except for this:

Hugh is so well connected with his readers! When he blogged about Jimmy having a pet and that he was offering a signed copy of wool to whoever came up with a name. It was my awesome fortune to come up with Shadow.

So I may be a bit biased about reading about Shadow and Jimmy. I was very weepy when Shadow passed away and Hugh captured the feeling very well through Jimmy.

Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! To tell the truth, most of First Shift was a bit off-key to me..... I had a difficult time getting as wrapped up in it as the other Wools. The last few chapters of First Shift drew me back in with a renewed intrigue. Second Shift was read so quickly that it is but a blur. Third Shift blew my mind! I find it to be the best of the series to date and finishing it has truly left me with a bit of a hollow feeling as I desperately want more... now. Hugh ties the Shift s ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had mixed feelings after finishing Third Shift. I considered First and Second Shift a step above the original Wool books in both premise and the way the writing flows. Third Shift, while still strongly written and engrossing, feels incomplete with more puzzles to solve than answers. Donald, once a man of integrity, changes into someone hard to figure out or predict. The silos whose origins and intent had just become clear in the prior books are even more mysterious and clouded.

The only myster
Ryan Demerick
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have never reviewed books in a public internetable forum, except for Hugh Howey's books. Why? Well, other than making my nipples stand erect, his wordsmithithng is beyond most of what Ive read. I cherish Bret Easton Ellis, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, George rr Martin, David Sedaris, Ray !freaking! Bradbury.....and Hugh Howey. This guy tops my list now. I tell everyone about his stories, and now half of my work talk about the world of 'Wool'. Ive never been part of a book group, or anything ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Final book of Shift trilogy and as others such a great read. We are following events that happened in the last book of original Silo series, Juliette's refusal to clean and her adventure in Silo 17 but from the Donald's and Jimmy's perspective. Actually book starts with Donald being awaken for the reason of cleaning refusal and then things becomes very interesting.
There is a shift in power, rather surprising one, we found out more of the original Pact and the idea what Silo's are for (trust me y
Althea Ann
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Each of the three parts of 'Shift contains two narratives. In the first thread of 'Third Shift: Pact' - Due to an error (or is it?) when Donald is awoken for his third shift, he is mistaken for the architect of the Silo plan, Senator Thurman. As long as no one finds out; he'll stay in charge of the whole shebang. Will this give Donald a chance to redeem himself for his part in the destruction of the world? Or will he continue to make yet more mistakes and stupid decisions?

In the second story, we
Melissa Rudder
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Hugh Howey's Third Shift: Pact disappointed me. I fear that my expectations were to blame more than the book. But my expectations were a bit justified based on the situation. It was the last book in the Shift trilogy. And Second Shift ended with a huge development that I was excited to see play out in a climactic way worthy of the series' Return of the Jedi book. But, alas, Third Shift: Pact is just a stepping stone leading to the Dust series, so, while I was eager for intense battles driven by ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Light Spoilers:

The first 5 books (Wool) were amazing. First Shift was one of those books you read in a couple of days because you can't put it down. I noticed the saga started to to slow down in Second Shift, but the cliffhanger was good enough to push through to this conclusive final book in the "First Shift" trilogy. I guess after 8 total books, there's not much left in the creative well, because this book droned on and on. I found myself skipping entire chapters, after realizing how pointles
Kate Sherrod
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My anguish-filled love for Hugh Howey's Silo series, aka the Wool series, is pretty well established by now. One of these days, I'm going to have to read his other work, most of which I have acquired in various Kindle-stuffing sprees, but just when my gaze starts straying toward those, Howey spins out more of these fibers and I get all tangled up again.

Yeah, I went there. What? He started it. All that talk of strands and skeins... knitting and weaving, knotting -- and unraveling.

With Third Shift
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
Nicholas Cloud
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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This third installment of the Shift trilogy, which is itself the second installment of the Silos Saga (so this is book 2, part 3?) brings the reader back to the time at the end of Wool. Third Shift sees Donald being woken from stasis but being called 'Thurman', and tells the story of Silo 17's fall and Solo/Jimmy's life in the remnants of the silo.

While I appreciated the need for this book from a timeline perspective, I also found that this book dragged in bits. The parallelness of Donald and J
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I rarely read series of books. My middle aged brain is too muddled to remember who was what and how, especially if there are large gaps between the release of the books. Thankfully, I'm a late comer to this series and so have been able to read the Wool Omnibus and the The Shift series with only a couple of rude interruptions by my library request system (the nerve!)

Even if I would have had to wait, I would have inhaled each release with gusto and probably enjoyed the wicked anticipation. This i
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mimi by: Marc
The worst part about finishing the three Silo stories in this trilogy is that now I have to wait until the first Dust story is released later in the year...I just may go through withdrawals!!

The Third Shift, in my opinion, is the best of these three stories...and since I gave the first two stories 5-star reviews, just consider this one a 6-star review! I love the way this whole Omnibus brings us back to the point where the Wool Omnibus ends, and Jimmy's heart-rending story and Donald's character
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, series, sci-fi
Officially obsessed with these books.

I'm a huge fan of dystopian fiction, I just love to imagine a crumbling destroyed earth with a group of survivors trying to make it out alive, a little sick and twisted, right?

Well, the WOOL series certainly delivers. The WOOL series focuses on a group of people living in underground silos because the planet is just too messed up to venture above ground. How did the planet get this way and who is responsible for this, you might ask? Well, the SHIFT series a
This book was draaammmaa!

I felt like a lot happened in this book to further the overall story. Some vital pieces of information are revealed about the fate of the silos, and a few deaths occur in Silo One. Donald takes the helm of the project and goes a little bit crazy.

Donald's story is alternated with Solo's story. While there was a lot interesting information revealed on Donald's side, I really enjoyed Solo's story so much more. Reading about his life alone in Silo Seventeen and hearing his c
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There's not much to say that I haven't said in my previous reviews of the Silo books. That doesn't mean I'm not going to gush. I'm going to gush. There is little that Howey gets wrong in this series, or this particular volume. Every word brings something to the table. Most of the "something" is depressing, as he has woven a very bleak tale, made all the more bleak by its plausibility. It is rare to find a book that is simultaneously so pessimistic about humanity and so optimistic about it. Howey ...more
Tanja Berg
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This was the weakest installment so far in the silo series. It's the last "shift" book and after this comes "dust". Oh, I'll read that too, I'm sure. In "third shift", Donald has been awakened again, except everyone thinks he's Thurman, names have been switched. There is a cleaning which was supposed to take place at another silo which didn't happen because the cleaner walked away. Donald discovers information about a pact and wakes Anna up, to discover an unpleasant truth. We also get a recap o ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
A good science fiction/dystopian book for me is one that leaves me thinking about it the next day and wanting to do a little research. What is the current science with nano particles? Where are we with cryogenic capability currently? Those questions make this book sound very techy. It is not. It is more of a study of human psychology than technology. I find the psychological technics employed in the series fascinating.

I was hooked with book#1 in this series. Sometimes I have to push myself away
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