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Shift (2013)

by Hugh Howey

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Series: Silo Series (2)

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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program 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 had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened. This is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling WOOL series.… (more)
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Wow, I cannot get enough of this world! Granted, Shift is not quite as good as [b:Wool|12287209|Wool (Wool, #1)|Hugh Howey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327889474s/12287209.jpg|17263666], but this book was still very enjoyable. I thought that the middle part about Mission dragged a little bit too much. I'm diving in to [b:Dust|17855756|Dust (Silo, #3)|Hugh Howey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369522849s/17855756.jpg|24576986] right away!

Audiobook notes: The narrator was very good; obviously not an American speaker, but handled American accents very well. A little jarring to hear his native voice pronouncing "palm" and "calm" as "pam" and "cam", but that was about the only distraction.

This is also the first book that I've read using Whispersync, and I ran through the book so much faster than Audio-alone. Very impressed with WS technology, even if the ebook->audiobook syncing didn't always work. Audiobook->ebook never got out of sync. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
very interesting ( )
  stbyra | Jul 12, 2021 |
Shift is actually a prequel to Wool, and explains how and why the Silo came into existence. It lacks the intensity and action of the first book, and instead goes for creeping horror. Not supernatural horror, but more political/cultural in nature, as we discover the evil some are capable of. Even though this is a prequel, you should read Wool first, as otherwise much of this book simply won't make sense. ( )
  MarcHutchison | Jul 11, 2021 |
I absolutely loved Wool, the first book in this series. That left me with somewhat heightened expectations for Shift - which were unfortunately not met. The story itself is mostly a prequel - following Donald, one of the initial creators of the silos. I enjoyed how the reader is as lost as he is - trying to find out answers constantly. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Book 2 is actually better than book 1. There are fewer disposable "main" characters, and it fills in some background as to how and why they are where they are.

It also has a lot less running up and down stairs with no point other than to explore how segregation would occur when humankind is placed into a tiered underground bunker.

It did tie the storyline to the previous book as well, so it all makes sense. I am starting book 3 now. ( )
  crazybatcow | Apr 4, 2021 |
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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program 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 had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened. This is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling WOOL series.

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