Shift (Volume 2 of the Silo Saga) by Hugh Howey (Random House, $29.99)
Reviewed by Fiona O’Kane
After thoroughly enjoying Hugh Howey’s Wool , I eagerly launched straight into the second book of the Silo Saga: Shift. Although the publishers call it a prequel, technically it’s not: it has a longer timeline, with its events occurring before, during and after the events of Wool.
As a quick recap, the story of Wool follows the inhabitants of a great underground building called a silo. Completely sealed, it was built long ago to protect the people within from the toxic environment above. A carefully managed society has survived in this environment by following strictly enforced rules, and banishment outside is literally a death sentence. As the story unravels, just who is running things, and how, is gradually revealed.