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Shift Paperback – March 22, 2016
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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) * --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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What would you do if you were forced to survive when everyone you cared about was dead? And the only place you could live was in a closed-off world buried deep below ground? This is the start of the silo.This is Shift. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The pace slows down somewhat, which I found to be a good thing, as it is congruate with the layers of back story and junctions crossed. The mood is more pensive, yet the suspense isn't lost, it just gains weight.
The ‘double perspective’ allowed in the structure (silo 1 and silo 17, 18) as it is juxtaposed with the events of Wool, lends richness and interest. The story emerges with more realism, and it manages to be more involving.
All in all, good go! Now looking forward to getting into Dust.
I enjoyed the first third of the book because it was fast paced and puts us right into the moment when the silos were being built. I thought that was great, because I also wanted to know how the hell those silos got there. We are not presented with the full explanation of the project at first, but little bits and pieces are being told throughout the chapters. We get to know this side of the story through the eyes of Donald, an architect who becomes a congressman without never wanting to be one. In my opinion he is a depressive character because he actually doesn't question the reality enough. He innocently goes along with the construction project of the silo, which he was told at the beginning to be only an emergency facility. Later on the finds out that they build 50 of them, all buried. And he had no idea of the real purpose of the project.
One thing that stills bugs me is the explanation of why the silos were built. Actually, we get to know that Mr. Thurman is probably the creator of the idea of the project: in order to combat a powerful threat (something about a nano-weapon that contaminates the air and kills humans) the solution was to blow everything up (throwing bombs) and house the remaining humans into the silos. That was something that pushed me to continue reading chapter after chapter, because I really wanted to know the real purpose of the silos and, above all, what exactly happened outside! Is the air contaminated? Is there still green grass? What happened to the other humans? Are there humans left? What happened in other countries? Many, many questions...
One thing I enjoyed in this book was the delicious short chapters. It may be a characteristic of Hugh Howey, as I could experience in the first book. I think the short chapters helped me devour this book, because when the third part begins (Third Shift – Pact) the pace of the story is slowed down, and Donald gets even more depressing. I can say that my favorite character plot was that of Jimmy (aka Solo). It was depressing too, because, well, the guy is left alone locked inside the server room, while their parents got killed and he stays inside to wait for things to get better. But I think that as the character grows and develops we understand his misery and loneliness and, in consequence, feel for him.
By the end of the book I got slightly annoyed with some decisions Donald made, [like murdering Anna and Thurman without getting more information from them. But I think I can imagine that Donald was already completely out of his mind after all the things he went through. After all, the guy was woken up from the deep freeze at least three times and with scrambled identities.
The last chapter annoyed me even more with the introduction of Juliette (the engineer from Wool) making the connection with Wool, and then the abrupt ending, just like that. At the same time that I was excited for the story to go on I was a little tired of knowing what happened with Solo up until that point.
One thing that fascinates me in the Silo world is that humans beings started living in a confined space, with rigid rules, methodical chores, social stratification and they could be happy living there, without questioning much. Of course, there were ways of manipulating and controlling them, like the chemical or equivalent that was put into the water they drank. What terrifies me is that at the same time that it seems a highly improbable reality it could be true.
The minute I finished reading "Shift" I started reading the third book in the series (Dust) because, well, I am an extremely curious person!
I'm now reading the third book in the trilogy, DUST, and am looking forward to seeing how Mr. Howey ties all of this together!
No book is for everyone, no not one! But for me...Hugh Howey has captured my attention with the
Silo series and I am forever hooked. Unlike many offerings this prequel goes beyond what I hoped for in developing the characters that make up this riveting story line.
I get to meet and come to know the characters in a way that makes them a part of my life, make me long for a more lasting relationship with them as they are real to me. A good writing will present characters that you are drawn to, that make you fill you know them, that you are a part of and they a part of your life....Hugh Howey does them for me. He does it well!
Jules, Solo, Donny, Anna, Thurman, Lucas and the Silo's themselves become a fixture in my mind and heart and I believe they will become such to you as well.
Some do not like the fact that we can become a horrible race of people that will destroy humanity of our own evil doings but I have no doubt we are capable of doing such....Hugh Howey lays this out in a very believable story line that should give us all a pause to the cause and create a desire within us all to look at the world we live in today and where we are headed.
A Si-Fi novel???? I don't know....more like the truth traveling back in time to warn us of what is to come!
Try it...you'll love it!
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By the second part of the book Silos is a little less good, but the first part of the trilogy.Read more