Sequel (Prequel) Saturday: Shift

Posted 7 December, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Sequel (Prequel) Saturday: ShiftShift by Hugh Howey
Published by Arrow Books on 2013
Genres: Fiction, General
Pages: 448
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three-stars

The much anticipated prequel to bestseller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift. In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away.A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction; a path that will take us below ground. The history of the silo is about to be written.Our future is about to begin.

I really enjoyed this book. But I hadn’t read Wool for about a year and half, I would have enjoyed this more if I had done a re-read of Wool first. So what I’m trying to say is that re-familiarize yourself with Wool before taking this one on.

This is also a prequel. Howey’s pacing in unfolding the story of the end of the world is excellent. The flashbacks are perfectly executed. The one thing that irritated me about this book was Donald’s endless devotion to his wife. Perhaps he was using the device to show that being in deep-freeze was like being put under with a general anesthetic, you wake up and once you get your bearings, it’s like no time has passed? Either way, I wanted to shake Donald and tell him to get on with it, there were more important things to do.

While I did thoroughly enjoy this book, it lacked some of the power and feeling of the first set of stories. 

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