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Shift (Silo #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  56,303 Ratings  ·  3,716 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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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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*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
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

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
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
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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
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.

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
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
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
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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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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Silo (3 books)
  • Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
  • Dust (Silo, #3)
“When there’s only God to blame, we forgive him. When it’s our fellow man, we destroy him.” 25 likes
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