This is the much anticipated prequel to bestseller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo.
The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift. "The next Hunger Games". (The Sunday Times). "An epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world". (Justin Cronin). In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it.
Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return.
A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground.
The history of the silo is about to be written. Our future is about to begin.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 592 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/08/2013
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780099580478
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
I wasn't going to bother with the rest of Hugh Howey's <I>Wool</I> trilogy/-athon (however many books there are now), but then somebody returned a copy of <I>Shift</I> to the library where I work, and I decided I was in the mood for a little sci-fi. Turns out that part two has the same problem with pacing as <I>Wool</I>, but I did enjoy finding out the whys and wherefores of the first book. The first chapters with poor old Donald, the most hapless, naïve architect of doom to ever not really exist, form the only 'original' part of the novel. Once all hell breaks loose in the silos, with Mission and then Jimmy, I felt like I was re-reading <I>Wool</I> from a slightly different angle. The action flagged as well, for all the murder and mayhem.Howey's world-building is top notch, and I can't fault his style, but I always start to struggle around the midway point. I might move onto <I>Dust</I>, but not straight away, and I doubt I would pay for the experience.
Review by Iira
Not quite as good as Wool, but then again sequels (or prequels) seldom are. This got really close, though. Having read Wool I already had high expectations, and I must say I was thrilled that Shift didn't continue where Wool ended, but went to the time before it all happened. I can't wait to get to Dust. Now my expectations are really high for the last part, and I can't wait to get started!
Review by reading_fox
Chronologically this is the prequel to Wool. But I suspect you'd feel very confused if you read this first, for it is the explanation of how events in Wool came to be, although it doesn't answer all of the questions, but fortunately it also avoids retconning any of the details previously provided - although it skirts close to it at times, and might annoy particularly pedantic followers of continuity.Shift follows two characters separated at times by hundreds of years, Donald a senator at the time of the construction of the Silo, and Jimmy whom we met in Wool. The story flips and jumps between the years, and it isn't always completely apparent which events in Wool have come to pass, and which we're still to encounter. I don't like achronistic storylines, but it is reasonably clear most of the time what is going on where. The initial build up along Donald's line is the least convincing of all the imagining that Hugh was written. It is set near future - 2045 or so - but the world has little changed from now. People still think cell phones are a pretty neat idea. Nanotech is introduced without discussion or any implications on any of the wider society which just wouldn't be the case. But we get to see the reasons for the construction and some of the human side of the population of it, and the establishment of why Silo 1 is deemed necessary. Meanwhile of course Silo 17 housing Jimmy starts it's decline into the state we find it at the end of Wool. Strangely though this is never seen from the state of Donald in Silo 1 although some of the other events are. The writing characters imagination and world building all remain as detailed and clever as Wool. It's not ever gong to be a fast paced series. But it does grip the imagination. I'm looking forward ot the shorter Dirt, and hope that everything is neatly resolved... I'm not entirely sure it will be.
Review by NinaCaramelita
This is my 1st shift. In rather short chapters, they made me jump from one silo to another. And a bit of time travelling as a cherry on top. It reminded me a lot to my partner’s annoying habit of zapping channels, believing he can watch 2 movies at the same time. I do start to wonder if he’s got a point. You kinda get used to it, don’t you? Hello, I am Troy!After decades of sleep, I’m up for another shift. Things become a little clearer now, although the more I learn, the more questions I seem to have. What do they really expect of me during shift 2?? My name is Donald!Troy, Donald, the Thaw Man,… what does a name matter? As long as I know who I am? But who am I? Or what? Shift 3 brings quite some surprises and opportunities. Nice to see some familiar faces again!Shift definitely surprised me in a very pleasant way! It kept me on edge and even had a lot more depth (pun intended) than I initially anticipated. A really worthy follow up of Wool. Looking very forward to Dust!
Review by eclecticdodo
Shift by Hugh Howey is the second in the Wool trilogy but is not actually a sequel. It is the story of the lead silo and spans from current day until just after the end of Wool. The inhabitants in this silo are working shifts of six months at a time to supervise the rest of the silos, still with the original generation of workers despite hundreds of years having passed having passed. We learn the chilling truth of events that led to this point, and just how far those in charge are willing to go to ensure success of their project. I'm very much looking forward to the third installment, Dust.