- Series: Silo Trilogy (Book 2)
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books; Reprint edition (March 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544839641
- ISBN-13: 978-0544839649
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,987 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An epic feat of imagination. You will live in this world. Justin Cronin, best-selling author of The Passage
In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech outlined the hardware and software platforms that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a television program aired about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity s broad history, mankind discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall ... and the ability to forget it ever happened.
In Shift, the second volume of the New York Times best-selling Silo trilogy, Hugh Howey goes back to show the first days of the Silo, and the beginning of the end.
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. Sunday Express
[AU PHOTO] HUGH HOWEY is the author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Silo trilogy (Wool, Shift, and Dust). The first volume, Wool, has been translated in forty countries. He is also the author of Beacon 23, Sand, the Molly Fyde saga, and many other books, and is the editor, with John Joseph Adams, of the Apocalypse Triptych series of anthologies.
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This book "shifts" between three plotlines: 1. The operation of the control silo; 2. The past history of why the silos were created; 3. The story of Solo in Silo 18 who we met in Wool.
The people who run the control silo are kept in cryogenic stasis and awakened occasionally to complete a six-month "shift" in their specialty field (engineer, cook, administration, etc.). So while the people in all the other silos are living their lives, producing a new generation, and dying, the people in Silo 1 are the same people who designed the Silo program. Of course, that creates a natural conflict as the people in the other silos evolve and change, while those in Silo 1 are still the same as when they went in. As we saw in Wool, Juliette, or anyone who asks too many questions or searches for answers causes problems in the tightly regimented world of the silos.
We learn why the silos were built, and it was by a group of sick, evil men who thought they knew what was best for the world. We also find out their plans for opening the silos after a certain amount of time has passed and this discovery is very disturbing.
There are also good people trying to do the right things and trying to find out the secrets behind the silos. Some of these people do so in secret, while others do so overtly and run into some problems.
This entire story was very disturbing because I fear it mirrors our world today, where a bunch of billionaires run the country while the rest of us go about our lives not having a clue about the machinations going on around us. These people can basically do anything they want--like the ones in the book--and there is no way we would ever know.
The book is very good even though it is dark and disturbing. The way the plot lines are intermingled is imaginative and revealing and the characters are all developed as complex individuals with reasons of their own for being where they are. I look forward to, "Sand", although the name kind of worries me about the ultimate resolution of the series. I'd feel better if it was called, "Out", or something similar, but, either way, I am now moving on to the third and final book in the series. The two books so far are both highly recommended.
This is a depressing book. The story is what happened to the world that forces the remaining people to live in underground silos of 144 stories each with 10,000 people. The people were born in the silo as they and their forebears have lived in it for almost 300 years. The air outside is toxic, killing almost immediately. Life is cheap in the silo and if you violate the draconian rules, you are sent outside to clean the camera lens. No one ever comes back from a cleaning. At least, no one used to come back.
The story is incredibly rich. There are details about all the variants of life in the silo. And the silos are different with the 1st silo being the command and control and the other 49 silos are for the peons.
But, who poisoned the air of the planet ? What did they use to poinon the air ? And why did they poison the air ? You need to read the book to find out as it is a developing story with varying perspectives. And sad.
I have a simple rule about 5 star books. If the book holds me up reading way past lights out, it is a five star book.
The tale begins in 2049. Donald Keene is a freshman Congressman elected from Georgia with the help of “the great Senator Thurman.” As a freshman, he finds himself at loose ends as he casts about for meaningful work when the Senator recruits him for a top-secret job that engages his background as an architect. We soon learn that Keene, now happily married, was once engaged to the Senator’s daughter. Predictably, this inconvenient fact will complicate the story and loom large down the line. But the complications emerge slowly, building suspense all the while.
Shift is dystopian fiction with a twist — several twists, really. Its strength lies in Howey’s cleverly imagined underground world. The writing style is unexciting, the characters not fully fleshed out. But the world of the Silo, and the backstory in this prequel, are bound to fascinate any fan of science fiction. After nearly a century and a half of SF, it’s tough to come up with something new. The world of the Silo is new.