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This is the sequel to the New York Times bestselling WOOL series. It combines the three Shift books (First Shift, Second Shift, and Third Shift) into a single e-book in order to save the reader a few bucks. The saga concludes with DUST, which will be available in late 2013.

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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.

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Not as much added to the Silo series as I would have hoped

I read Wool, the first book in the Silo Series, about two months ago and now am reviewing Shift.  Shift starts a prequel about a young politician named Donald who helps design the interiors for the silos.  There a three main plotlines and time periods in Shift and Donald by being put into suspended animation is a part of all three.

My problem is that I found Donald to be a fairly uninteresting character.  He really doesn't have much motivation or even understanding of what is going on and so you as the reader don't learn about exactly what happened to create the silos until the very end.  When you get the ending you realize that the people who built the silos had some pretty messed up views of the world and how to save people.

The second story is about a young porter that is involved with the destruction of a silo that I really didn't get much out of.  The third story is about the boy, Jimmy, that spent 30 years in a silo by himself.  Living by yourself in a silo isn't very interesting in that it is much like a prison except worse.  Jimmy fears others finding the passcode to get into his room and finds a cat.  Not much else happens except that the book ends at basically the same place that the first book ended as Jimmy meets Juliette and Donald talks to her.

The book is well-written but I was kept in suspense and expected more plot development that I got.  Sure, we learn why the silos were created but there wasn't enough progression in the storyline so I give it three out of five stars. 

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