I came to the Shift omnibus eager for Silo salvation, that is to say I wanted to learn the truth about the outside world. Instead, Hugh Howey provided the Silo back-story. Shift introduces new characters, none of whom I particularly cared for despite their importance to the story. Donald, a VIC (very important character), annoys me.
It is not his fault actually. One of Donald’s big conflicts is his love for his wife and how he is forced to work in suspiciously close cooperation with his old college girlfriend. The problem is that Helen, Donald’s wife, is a non-character--barely met by the reader and only mentioned in Donald’s whining self-loathing. In all fairness to the Donald story-line, the Helen versus Anna conflict yields huge, dramatic rewards in the Dust omnibus. So who am I to criticize a bestselling megastar like Mr. Howey? (Really, I am not being facetious. The man obviously knows what he is doing.)
The story of Silo 18 and the previous uprising is harrowing, the ending or resolution of this plot line is decent.
I hope that this review hasn’t led you to believe I disliked Shift. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook and moved on quickly to Dust, because I want to see what is outside the Silo. What is left of the outside world? Can people ever survive there again? Has the world population really been decimated, or will the Silo survivors find a hostile civilization and problems bigger than they ever dreamed?
I need to know.
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