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Shift: Wool Trilogy, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged

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The much anticipated prequel to best seller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift.

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.

©2013 Hugh Howey (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 18 hours and 15 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • Release Date: 25 April 2013
  • Language: English

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2014
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I seem to be in the habit of reading sequels at the moment. Sequels which don't match up to their (brilliant) predecessors. Sadly, Shift by Hugh Howey continues the trend. As with Buzz, it's not so much that Shift is a bad book, it's more that Wool was such a high quality novel, that with my expectations ramped to the max Shift could only disappoint.

Some of my issues with the book are more to do with the history of the trilogy's genesis, and are perhaps therefore a little unfair. As you probably know if you've read this far, Wool is an Internet publishing success story. It was published in small instalments. The physical novel was a group of these bound together. You could sort of tell, but it didn't matter. Shift is much the same. It contains three essentially separate (but linked) stories. Binding them together into a single novel implies a coherence that I would suggest isn't there. The overall narrative is disjointed and it jars as you move from one section to the next. This issue is easily overlooked and mostly forgiveable.

More difficult to see past are, for want of a better term, the world-building issues. Much of the majesty of Wool is that the hermetically sealed silo is a wholly credible dystopian system. I stated in my review of Wool that I found it less convincing when we learn there are more silos and more so when Jules gets outside. These problems are compounded in Shift.

The opening story is effectively a genesis story, and it's an interesting one, but knowing there are fifty silos running alongside one another dilutes the impact of the idea (It's and Alien Vs Aliens phenomenon).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bagshaw on 25 Aug. 2014
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After leaving us with a cliffhanger at the end of Wool, Shift - the second novel in Hugh Howey's silo trilogy - prolongs our wait for a conclusion to his tale by making this a prequel. It begins in the near future of our world, detailing how the Silos and the apocalypse that made them necessary came into being. One of the Silos' architects, Donald, is then forced into cryosleep and catapulted forwards in time to the familiar setting of Wool. Here, he co-ordinates the little society of silos from the secret control rooms of Silo 1. Meanwhile, we also witness the fall of Silo 17 through the eyes of a young boy who goes on to become Solo, and the tumult of Silo 18's recent past in the context of another boy; a young porter named Mission.

Fans of Wool will find more of what they enjoyed in Howey's first novel here, but should be warned: Shift is even bleaker, and comparatively heavy-going. Where Wool was a taut, claustrophobic thriller, set largely in the splendid isolation of Silo 18, Shift is much more expansive. In doing so it introduces structural problems absent from the first book. Donald's narrative - both in the near and distant future - does the most to advance the trilogy's plot. Part of the appeal of Wool was the mystery surrounding the existence of the Silo; this created a brilliant tension, but could not be maintained indefinitely. Donald's tale offers answers to many of the questions left over from Wool, but looses something which made the first book special in doing so. His sections of Shift are also some of the most difficult to read. His plight is unremittingly miserable; tormented by having destroyed everything he loved, he finds himself in the medicated hell of Silo 1, leading a project he no longer believes in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on 3 Feb. 2014
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Wool introduced us to Howey's subterranean dystopia, where the Earth's atmosphere has become incompatible with life, and humans have been driven underground. In Shift the reader is taken right back to the beginning of the story and given the answers to all the niggling questions we are sure to have asked ourselves. How did these vast silos get there in the first place? What kind of terrible disaster happened to the world outside? And who are the faceless leaders who have been calling all the shots? The book flits around between different timelines and different silos, which can be difficult to follow at first, but works well to maintain pace throughout.

I often find the second installment of any trilogy to be something of a disappointment, and struggle to think of many examples where the second book shines as an outstanding novel in its own right. I think this is why Shift dragged a little for me. It answers a lot of questions, providing welcome context to the events described in Wool. The plot development is sound and I finished the book quite satisfied with the conclusions that were drawn, but it doesn't have that magical 'page-turning' quality that I was looking for.

One of Wool's major strengths in my eyes was the huge cast of genuinely likeable characters. Even minor players were very vividly realised and easy to care about. By sharp contrast, then, I found the opposite to be true in this sequel. All the personalities in Shift are either dull-as-dishwater (the bland protagonist Donald, Mission) or predictable stereotypes (for example military man Senator Thurman and his seductive flame-haired daughter Anna).

Wool was always going to be a tough act to follow, and I'm sorry to say that Shift didn't quite meet my expectations.
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