Shift: (Wool Trilogy 2) Paperback – 15 Aug 2013
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"Brilliantly written...Howey creates a starkly believable and terrifying apocalypse. More and more layers of the dystopian world are unveiled, enticingly paving the way for the sequel Dust..." (Sunday Express)
"We have been mesmerised with Hugh Howey's silo stories since we first laid eyes on book one in the trilogy ... We'd recommend reading Wool first but you'll want to have this one ready as we guarantee you'll be unable to put it down. Perfect sunshine reading, wouldn't you say?" (Grazia Daily)
"The anxiety, the claustrophobia and the lethargy he conjures are heartfelt and convincing." (Observer)
"Spoken about in the same breath as The Hunger Games and The Passage." (Independent on Sunday (praise for the Wool Trilogy))
"Thrilling, thought-provoking and memorable ... one of dystopian fiction's masterpieces alongside the likes of 1984 and Brave New World." (Daily Express (praise for the Wool Trilogy))
The much anticipated prequel to bestseller Wool.See all Product Description
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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).Read more ›
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...
As with Wool, a gripping read.
Word of warning, don't be tempted to read this before Wool, even though the events happen before those in Wool, I don't think it would really make sense unless you read wool first (which if you haven't you really should :-) )
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting to see the rest of this world and the history that brought the characters to the current situation. Although a couple of small details I would have liked to have leanedPublished 20 days ago by Rhys Alun Williams
This series is still intriguing but definitely not as suspenseful as the first. Nonetheless looking forward to finishing the trilogy.Published 26 days ago by GNPG
As a prequel to events occurring in the simply superb Wool, it was interesting to find out how things became how they were and answered many questions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having read Wool and loved every page, I was expecting another masterpiece which clearly this is not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lloyd T
Having thoroughly enjoyed Wool, I had expected to enjoy this book too. But, no, I did not. Turgid might be a simple description. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ESES
I couldn't understand how the second book could be a 'prequel', or how it would work, but it did. It answered all the questions I had from the first book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs A.E. Fletcher
As others have said, a bit tedious with very little happening in long sections so not as good as Wool or the final book, Dust, which I read back to back with Shift. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Crystal Vision
I recommend everybody should read Hugh Howey, great story telling and fantastic plots. Great for Sci Fi fans.Published 4 months ago by K. W. Maeer