Wednesday 29 April 2020

Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift (Shift, #1-3; Silo, #2)Shift by Hugh Howey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 5 days

Pages - 570

Publisher - Century

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

Let me just start by saying you could absolutely read this as book one even though it is book two. It actually goes way back and gives you the history on how the Silo's came to existence. It gives you the back story of one of the characters in book one and brings you right up to the end of book one.

If you haven't read book one you should, it is good but I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read this one first as I didn't understand why it was all going down and the Silo's. It is a prequel, time scale wise and we get a bit more understanding to the construction of the Silo's and the vision.

The book in parts is atmospheric, claustrophobic and it builds up to, what I think, will be the huge finale and end game for some of our main characters we met over this book and book one. I seem to be in the minority in that I actually enjoyed this one more than book one. I love to know a why and there is so much character manipulation and people at the top, in charge, just being shady and dangerous. Not only in our world as we know it but in the "new" world of the Silo's. It also looks at human behaviour, the depths some will go to when human life and existence as we know it is threatened, 4/5 for me this time. I have bought book three and hoping to finish the trilogy some time soon!

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1 comment:

  1. Whilst not typical of the books I read this kind of appeals as does the fact that rather than one in a long series it is one of a trilogy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Stay safe.


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