Shift - Omnibus Edition

Shift - Omnibus Edition

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by Hugh Howey
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481983556
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
44,732
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

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Shift Omnibus Edition (Shift 1-3)(Sequel to Wool) 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 102 reviews.
Collin_longmire More than 1 year ago
Great series and a great world,  the first books (wool 1-5) should be read before this book.  Its a great world and i hope the author continues to write stories of what happens in the silo and after the end of wool.   If you know anything about Fallout 3 the game, just imagine the vaults and the books take place inside these vaults (silo) except the outside is not safe to go outside.  Great and upcoming author.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as amazing as first book in series. Kept me reading through the night and forgetting i have a life i was soo wrapped up in these books! Can NOT wait for next one great read for dystopian/post apocalypse genre .make sure to read wool first or this will spoil it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realistic, interesting characters subjected to surreal situations and the question of people and systems/environments. Wonderful material for this ongoing science fiction series! I can't wait for more!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
The Shift Omnibus is the second volume of the Silo series and encompasses a collection of the three books in the Shift series by American author, Hugh Howey. First Shift – Legacy is the first book in the Shift series by American author, Hugh Howey. This prequel to the Wool series describes the events that lead to the World Order that exists in the Wool books. It switches between two time periods: the early twenty-second century in the control centre for the Silos, Silo 1; and the mid twenty-first century, in Washington DC and Georgia. In Silo 1, Troy is woken from his decades of “long sleep” to find himself titular head of all the Silos, a job for which he feels less than prepared. The medication that erases his traumatic memories and numbs his reactions to stressful events is not entirely effective, and he eventually discovers some awful truths. In Washington DC, newly-minted Georgia congressman, Donald Keene finds himself using his architectural skills for a project championed by Senator Paul Thurman: an underground silo to be used as a refuge for workers at a nuclear waste dump site. There is much secrecy surrounding the project: his college friend, Mick Webb is part of it, as is the Senator’s daughter, Donald’s ex-girlfriend Anna, but exchange of information is very limited. When the facility finally opens, some three years later, Donald discovers he was an integral part of something much bigger and more fearsome than he ever imagined. While there is less “action” in this book than the Wool books, Howey keeps it interesting by gradually feeding the reader tidbits of information to flesh out the picture. His characters and dialogue are credible and he includes a handy time-line at the end of each book. Readers will be eager to find out what happens in the next book, Second Shift – Order.  Second Shift – Order is the second book in the Shift series by American author, Hugh Howey. This second part of the prequel to the Wool series continues with the events that lead to the World Order that exists in the Wool books. It is set in the early twenty-third century and switches between two locations: Silo 1 and Silo 18. In Silo 1, Donald is woken from one hundred years of being frozen for his second shift awake, although, he discovers, not for his usual duties. As he helps Thurman and Anna to understand the cause of the Uprisings in the Silos, he is also distressed by facts he uncovers about his wife, Helen. Amongst the rising unrest in Silo 18, porter Mission Jones takes a message from his beloved elderly schoolteacher, Miss Crowe to his good friend, Rodny, who is shadowing in IT, to find himself on a mission of a very different kind. Again, Howey’s characters have depth and appeal, and the plot is sufficiently intriguing to have the reader seeking out the final part of this prequel, Third Shift – Pact.  Third Shift – Pact is the third book in the Shift series by American author, Hugh Howey. This third part of the prequel to the Wool series continues with the events that lead to the World Order that exists in the Wool books. This book has two narrative strands: Silo 1 in the mid-twenty-fourth century, and Silo 17 in the early to mid-twenty-fourth century. In Silo 1, Donald is surprised to be woken by workers who believe he is Thurman; he is needed because of problems with Silo 18 that stem from Jules’ refusal to clean. But he soon realises that those in power are not what they seem: “He used to think of these people as shrinks, that they were here to keep others sane. Now he knew that they were in charge of the insanity.” As he accesses files to learn the background information on Jules, on Silo 17 and Silo 40, he also uncovers yet more shocking truths, truths that cause him to take some drastic action. The narrative in Silo 17 starts with the Great Loud, when Jimmy Parker, son of IT shadow, Russ Parker, is just sixteen and follows his life through the years to Jules’ arrival at the Silo. Young Jimmy has had to face some horrific events in order to survive, and learned much from the books of The Order and The Legacy during his journey. Once again, Howey creates characters that the reader can identify with, and draws parallels between the political world of old with its titular head and its power brokers, and the one created in the Silos. “Donald was reminded of how each silo has a mayor for shaking hands and keeping up appearances, just as the world of before had presidents who came and went. Meanwhile, it was the men in the shadows who wielded the true power, those whose terms had no limits.” Howey also leaves just enough untold to intrigue the reader to seek out the final instalment of the Silo series, Dust. An excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Wool with a bookclub. Loved the book, then when the ominbus came out with the Shifts I could not put it down. To get the full effects read Wool first. Can't wait for next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!! This follow up does not disappoint. My wife and I spent the last week reading this and could not put it down. I feel like with this world, there are endless stories to tell from many generations. I really felt for Troy/ (all his other names) due to the consciousnesses of taking shifts every 100 years. These books are wonderful and thought provoking. I so look forward to Dust coming out later this year
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, I was thoroughly caught up in the world created by Hugh Howey. This was just as entertaining as Wool. Can't wait for Dust to be released!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the Shift books are an interesting breed. The more interesting parts to me, and the ones that I was desperately craving after finishing Wool, were also the parts that were filled with so few details and so few moments of true explanation that I was left somewhat disappointed. The journey of the main character is fascinating and just about makes up for the needed answers behind the silos that never quite arrive. The most frustrating and unfortunate aspect of the Shift books is Howey's decision to focus a substantial portion of the book on Solo's back-story. Readers of Wool will feel incredibly cheated out of precious pages that could have been dedicated to uncovering a NEW story or character or revelation about the silos, rather than rehashing a character who's journey we're all very very familiar with. It feels like a waste and we can only hope that the Third book series will resolve these issues and move everyone forward.
matt1066 More than 1 year ago
The prequesl to Wool 1-5; what a title. I find the Wool books enetertaining and gripping, however I don't know if there is a follow-up to this series, as the titles are confusing. I recommend Wool for any reader of hard scifi, and guarantee that the reader will enjot the journey. Just get the titles sorted out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is another home run for Hugh Howey. It pulls it all together, giving the reader a foundation, answers questions, confirms suspicions. I can't wait to read the third part! Mr Howey is as good as the best of the science fiction writers.
ncpower More than 1 year ago
I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Incredible! Can't get enough of the post apocalyptic world Howey has developed. Shift explains many of the questions I had after reading Wool and brings the different silo story lines together nicely. Looking forward to the final book in the trilogy "Dust." Until then will have to check out some of his lesser known books such as Half Way Home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A solid book but just not on par with wool, worth the read but not a real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is another great read - one that you just can't put down until you reach the end. The story is so believable that you begin to wonder if this will be the future of our world. You should read Wool omnibus first to fully appreciate the background.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole concept. Great writing. Could not put it down! Please, please write more for this series and Wool!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not just another end of the world serial. Much much better than that. Lots of thought put into this and well written as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope Dust comes soon. Love wool and Shift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blown away by how amazing this series is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you wondering whats going to happen bext
MKeigan More than 1 year ago
I am about two thirds of the way through this book and love it. If you liked 'Wool', you will like this one. As I stated in my review for 'Wool', I love to talk about the story line; but, my wife isn't as far in the story as I am - and I don't want to give away any of the story to her. This book is easy to read, the story line, or should I say story lines, run fast and true. Making it very difficult to put the book down. Great job, Mr. Howey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a satifying blend of sequel and prequel, filling in the gaps of how this place came to be while setting up more interesting questions to be answered. Just about every time I think I've got a handle on what's about to happen, I'm completely surprised. It takes a careful hand to work in that many plot twists without the story getting incoherent, but this series pulls it off brilliantly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were less compelling and the multiple storylines made reading a bit of a pain instead of a joy.
Shortstride More than 1 year ago
Much darker than the 1st book Wool but I guess it needed to be dark to explain what is going on. Hugh Howey still a great writer and I look forward to reading the final book Dust.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not disappoint after Wool.
groberts1980 More than 1 year ago
Wool was easily one of the best post apocalyptic novels I've read in years. It had me riveted until the very end. So of course I immediately picked up Shift and started it, being the next book in the series, albeit a prequel. Shift has been disappointing. It is a little to complex and has too much going on. It's hard to explain why without spoilers, so I'll leave it in vague terms. Wool had a very singular, laser focus. Shift starts out with a laser, but soon enough it hits a prism and is split into multiple lasers (story lines) that the author constantly jumps back and forth in between. On top of that, some of the story lines are somewhat confusing. Hopefully the third book in the series will return to a more singular focus.