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  • 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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By Quicksilver TOP 1000 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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By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2013
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Shift is a prequel - don't read it unless you have already read Wool.

Shift sets the scene that we discover in Wool. We find out why people are living in silos, we find out a little bit about how the silos operate and what the game plan might be. And most of all, we discover a lift. That's right, after all the stairs in Wool, we find a perfectly functional lift allowing easy access between floors. In Silo 1.

Unlike the early, claustrophobic scenes in Wool, we find narrative switching between silos; we find backstories and time shifts. We find an outside world, albeit one in far history. Some of the key questions - dare one say problems - raised by readers of Wool are addressed in this prequel. But, as prequels often can, Shift tends towards slaying some of the heros of the original work. We see Juliette and Jimmy playing out pre-determined roles; their motives seem somehow less pure and idealistic. They are tainted.

The action in Shift switches between three storylines - a newly elected Congressman (Donald) who finds himself in Silo 1; a man called Mission who starts to think independently in Silo 18; and Jimmy in Silo 17 whom we know from Wool. Of these stories, Donald and Jimmy work well. Mission feels like filler; he has no personality and the action around him feels contrived. This is a pity; the opening scenes in Silo 18 in Wool (the Holston storyline) were powerful and deserved a better backstory.

Nevertheless, Shift is well written and mostly pretty taut. It may be long but it holds the reader's interest and the pages keep turning.

As prequels sometimes do, Shift lacks a decent ending. The ending is simply the original book - which might have been sufficient on its own without beginning or end, but the creation of a beginning necessitates the creation of an end. Fortunately that - in the form of Dust - has recently been released...
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Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Wool trilogy. I first read Wool (Wool Trilogy 1) about a year ago, but it is only now that I have got around to reading this, the second book. Although officially labelled as a prequel this is more than that, this also brings us back to the first book, so if you still haven't read the first book you could start here.

At last we find out how the silos came to be built, and the reasoning behind them. This book, although detailing other characters and situations does have Donald Keene, a newly elected congressman as the main character. Donald, along with others, is given a job to do by Senator Thurman, which is all a bit hush-hush. And so our story sets off with secrets and manipulations. People being kept in the dark and assigned pieces of an overall plan, this is Government at work. As over the centuries Donald starts to piece the grand plan together he finds that all the time things are being withheld or obscured. Whilst this is going on though, not all is well in the silos, as destruction and chaos rears its head from time to time.

As I stated earlier, it is some time since I read Wool, but you soon find yourself back into this world and feel like you have never left. On the cover of my book it says 'The next Hunger Games' but I think that perhaps the next Matrix would be more apt.

With twists and turns this book is just as readable as the first as once again we find ourselves reading about the possible outcome for mankind. This edition also has a book group guide in the back for those who are interested. This is another great instalment in the Wool trilogy.
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