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Shift by Hugh Howey

Shift by Hugh HoweyShift by Hugh Howey
Series: Silo #2
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Century
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

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.

Shift was a bit of a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed Wool, and I was looking forward to finding out how everything began and how the silos first came about. Unfortunately, Shift fell flat in terms of excitement, action, and character development. It’s quite a boring book for the most part, with little important events and a mystery scattered throughout. Wool was so much better, and I think I was expecting too much from this one.

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Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh HoweyWool by Hugh Howey
Series: Wool #1
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: January 17, 2013
Publisher: Century
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies.

To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside.

Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

The children were playing while Holston climbed to his death; he could hear them squealing as only happy children do.
Is that, or is that not, the perfect opening line for me? Bring on the death and depressing topics, I say!
Wool was originally published as several shorter novellas, but then a publisher got hold of the awesome and came up with the genius plan to combine the short stories to make a bigger book. Since I don’t read short stories, I would 99.9% never have picked up this series if it wasn’t for that very wise publishing house. But, I did, and I’m very happy to announce that Wool is fabulous.

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