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(Silo #2)

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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 disc ...more
Kindle Edition, 570 pages
Published January 28th 2013 by Broad Reach Publishing
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Robert 'Rev. Bob' There's a mention early in the book - first chapter, I think - about life expectancy rising to about 150 in the pre-silo days. Given that the Crow's…moreThere's a mention early in the book - first chapter, I think - about life expectancy rising to about 150 in the pre-silo days. Given that the Crow's story takes place before Wool, and considering how the threat to the silo is identified, my best guess is that she's the last remaining member of the original batch of "colonists." I also suspect that the story involving her is the one that culminated in the data-wipe mentioned in Wool.(less)
Robert 'Rev. Bob' The blurb I see (about CAN and nanomachines) is actually the beginning of the book, not a real summary.

Basically, once you've read Wool and know how…more
The blurb I see (about CAN and nanomachines) is actually the beginning of the book, not a real summary.

Basically, once you've read Wool and know how that story ends, Shift goes back to the beginning to show you how the setting came to be, as well as a prior uprising and Solo's backstory. Dust rounds out the trilogy by finally picking up from the end of Wool (and Shift) to move all the story arcs forward.(less)

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Willow
*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 ramifica
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Andrew
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Jonathan Terrington

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
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Alexis
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Michael Finocchiaro
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
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
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 surprise
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Stjepan Cobets
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of science fiction dystopian
Recommended to Stjepan by: Friends
My rating is 4.5
By 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 s
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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

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

CONS: Thi
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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
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Sara
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
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Maria Dobos
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 celo
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Zoeytron
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
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Ferdy
Spoilers

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
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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
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D.J. Gelner
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Efka
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, suspense
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, kai
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Russ Melrose
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
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
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Arah-Lynda
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-said
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
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Justė
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own, to-sell
tas nuostabus pasaulis

Ne kiekvieną dieną rasi trilogiją, kurios viduryje – priešistorė, ir tai mane kiek baugino – imti ir dabar skaityti tai, kas buvo prieš. Ypač prisiskaičius neigiamų komentarų, dažnai rekomendavusių išvis šitą knygą praleisti. Bet aš niekaip neleisčiau sau paimti trečios dalies neperskaičiusi antros ir džiaugiuosi savo sprendimu.

Man šitos priešistorės reikėjo. Suerzino pirmosios knygos pabaigoje lyg ir paaiškėjusios priežastys, kurios buvo tokios labai jau miglotos. Negaliu
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Scott Kennedy
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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,
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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
Rob Wheatley
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Chrissieskleinewelt
"Silo", der erste Teil dieser Reihe, hat mich gut unterhalten, zwar mit einigen Schwächen, aber das störte mich nicht weiter, da die zu erzählende Geschichte gut und spannend war.
In "Level", dem zweiten Band dieser Trilogie, erfahren wir als Leser nun die Vorgeschichte zu den Dingen, die in "Silo" passiert sind. Wie kommt es dazu, dass die Menschen tief unter der Erde in einem Silo hausen, was hat das Leben auf der Erdoberfläche unmöglich gemacht und was steckt noch dahinter?
Hört sich erstmal s
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Jon Swartz
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sean Smart
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Very disappointed in this book after the great first part in the trilogy. Very dull and tedious.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
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 c
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Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
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. (
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Andy
prequel to Wool, showing how the world descended to the Silos as part of (view 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 him
finds himsel
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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
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Lancer
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though botbwuote as good as Wool, still fantastic.
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