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Third Shift: Pact PDF/EPUB ☆ Third Shift:  ePUB This prequel sequel I m not even sure how to call it, feels like a retelling that I didn t actually need I would have done without it, but since I m still interested in the created worlds and I found some familiar characters here, I dealt with it Higher rating than intended because of sentimental value first book of the series that I really loved, and because of hope that things can get better in next one though there wasn t really much hope in this one to be begin with The third and final chapter of the Shift saga This is partof the Silo Series, which began with Wool A rare misstep for the wonderful Hugh Howey, and I can t help but feel like this one was rushed There are two books here, one just as fascinating and five star as the rest of the collection, and the other about Solo Here s the thing we already know about Solo The character presented in the Wool books was strong and well written and my impression of him remains unchanged after reading this book If you re going to spend half a book on an already established character, we have to learn somethi A rare misstep for the wonderful Hugh Howey, and I can t help but feel like this one was rushed There are two books here, one just as fascinating and five star as the rest of the collection, and the other about Solo Here s the thing we already know about Solo The character presented in the Wool books was strong and well written and my impression of him remains unchanged after reading this book If you re going to spend half a book on an already established character, we have to learn something about him that we otherwise wouldn t know It also has to somehow propel the overall mythology of the story forward or change it in a way that we couldn t gleam from the original But that doesn t happen As a result it felt like Solo s chapters were a writing assignment Take a secondary character and try telling the story from his point of view How does he think What is his day like To make it evendifficult to get through, Solo is solo Which means no dialogue It s not fun to read Well written as usual, but I felt myself trudging through every Solo chapter just hoping to get back to the half of the book that DOES move Wool forward That said, the Donald half of the book is typical Howey mastery and gives me hope for the upcoming Dust The perfect setup for Dust I don t want to give anything away so no mention how terrified of pineapples I am now I will say that Third Shift Donny is this incredible mix of doofy accountant Cyril Figgis from Archer and rampage prone Liam Neeson from Takens 1 through 2 The Solo and Silo 17 back story was entertaining and the revelations were impressive without explaining away all the mystery.The Note to the Reader at the end will jokingly advise you to skip the Epilogue as if that were physi The perfect setup for Dust I don t want to give anything away so no mention how terrified of pineapples I am now I will say that Third Shift Donny is this incredible mix of doofy accountant Cyril Figgis from Archer and rampage prone Liam Neeson from Takens 1 through 2 The Solo and Silo 17 back story was entertaining and the revelations were impressive without explaining away all the mystery.The Note to the Reader at the end will jokingly advise you to skip the Epilogue as if that were physically possible It sa jaw dropping Oh snap moment than a WHERE S DUST one In fact, on the impatience scale of 1 to George RR Martin fan I m currently sitting at a 3 I read this hot of the press , so to speak I have read all the books in the Silo series I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but this book is somewhat of a disappointment Don t get me wrong Solo is my favourite character, and I love the cat It just seems as if this story is a bridge between previous books and books to come One must have read all the other books in the series before understanding this book at all I do have a great deal of pity for someone who had to spend years living, almost I read this hot of the press , so to speak I have read all the books in the Silo series I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, but this book is somewhat of a disappointment Don t get me wrong Solo is my favourite character, and I love the cat It just seems as if this story is a bridge between previous books and books to come One must have read all the other books in the series before understanding this book at all I do have a great deal of pity for someone who had to spend years living, almost, all on their own Nevertheless, a book that will further this great series Third Shift bridges the gap between the first two stories of the foundation of the Silos and the place where Wool begins As such, it provides some useful information, but as a work of fiction, it is not very satisfying, especially compared to some of the other books in the Wool series.Jimmy Solo is, to me, the least successful of the characters Howey has created When we meet him, in Wool, he is a damaged, haunted character, for obvious reasons But when we meet him in in Third Shift, thirty od Third Shift bridges the gap between the first two stories of the foundation of the Silos and the place where Wool begins As such, it provides some useful information, but as a work of fiction, it is not very satisfying, especially compared to some of the other books in the Wool series.Jimmy Solo is, to me, the least successful of the characters Howey has created When we meet him, in Wool, he is a damaged, haunted character, for obvious reasons But when we meet him in in Third Shift, thirty odd years before, he has not yet experienced any of the trauma that makes him who he is in Wool He is 17 but seems to have the mind of a much younger person Donald, who carries the narrative of Silo 1 is also a rather wishy washy character Having been woken for the third time in several centuries to complete a shift Donald is confused by the gaps in his history of the silos, and by his struggles to remember what happened during his first two shifts, and as a reader I suffered the same problems There is a lot of repetition about what happens in the silos, and I understand there is a point to that, but it still creates some confusion for the reader, as having read the Shift books over a period of several months, the events of several silos have blurred into one for me Donald is perpetually grasping at wisps of thought which lead to revelations for him but not always revelations for the reader, which is frustrating.My final criticism is that Third Shift lacks much real action and is mostly an interior book, elucidating the thoughts and feelings of Jimmy and Donald It is a testament to Howey s power as a storyteller that despite these flaws, he still manages to make Third Shift a page turner.This is the weakest book in the Wool series but for those who are following the story, it is still worth a read, and hasn t dampened my enthusiasm for the conclusion to the saga when we will reconnect with the gutsy Juliette 2 11 13 I loved this one a bit less than the rest of the series, though it still gripped me enough that I was able to get through the whole thing during my commute and in a couple sittings after work The narrative split didn t work as well for me as the Donald Troy or Donald Mission splits in First Shift Legacy and Second Shift Order Solo is an interesting character, but nothing really comes of his chapters except confirmation of what we guessed about him in Wool he lost everyone he care 2 11 13 I loved this one a bit less than the rest of the series, though it still gripped me enough that I was able to get through the whole thing during my commute and in a couple sittings after work The narrative split didn t work as well for me as the Donald Troy or Donald Mission splits in First Shift Legacy and Second Shift Order Solo is an interesting character, but nothing really comes of his chapters except confirmation of what we guessed about him in Wool he lost everyone he cared about in a brutal and sudden fashion, he drifted in and out of insanity, he killed in necessary as well as perhaps unnecessary self defense Part of what I liked about the last two books was how the dual perspectives compliment one another In First Shift Legacy it s the before and after, and in Second Shift Order it s the investigation into a silo collapse and the collapse itself sort of But the two pieces here just didn t fit together in the same way.I may have to break my usual rule and reread the entire series before the end of the year, because there are a lot of moving pieces here Certainly on the list to reread whenever Dust is released So a good book, but a little bit of a let down after the last 7 parts, and a frustrating place to have to stop and wait for the next installment The third and final installment of the Shift Trilogy was the best by far Hugh Howey s character development is exceptional as always Even the most vile of characters have you feeling sympathy and fear for them Solo, or Jimmy s story was especially moving, leaving you rooting for him even though you already know where he will end up if you read the Wool Omnibus There wasn t a lot missing from this story I got to the end and had a moment where I thought Hey What about Then I read The third and final installment of the Shift Trilogy was the best by far Hugh Howey s character development is exceptional as always Even the most vile of characters have you feeling sympathy and fear for them Solo, or Jimmy s story was especially moving, leaving you rooting for him even though you already know where he will end up if you read the Wool Omnibus There wasn t a lot missing from this story I got to the end and had a moment where I thought Hey What about Then I read the epilogue and the ever crafty Mr Howey gave me exactly what I was wondering about This book was another wonderfully written story from Howey, who continues to amaze me even though my expectations for his work have gotten incredibly high He still manages to leave me both dumbfounded at his abilities and breathless in anticipation of his next book Keep up the phenomenal work, sir, and I ll continue to buy and devour everything you write I finished Third Shift a couple of days ago As is usual for Hugh Howey s books, I finished it in a day I then found I needed some time to think about it which is not usual, at least for the Wool series.There are five stars up there, for all kinds of great reasons Once again, I was captivated by Hugh s storytelling I love that I can see, hear, and feel the environments described, and the thoughts and feelings of the characters There s no mistaking Jimmy s fear, confusion, and loneliness D I finished Third Shift a couple of days ago As is usual for Hugh Howey s books, I finished it in a day I then found I needed some time to think about it which is not usual, at least for the Wool series.There are five stars up there, for all kinds of great reasons Once again, I was captivated by Hugh s storytelling I love that I can see, hear, and feel the environments described, and the thoughts and feelings of the characters There s no mistaking Jimmy s fear, confusion, and loneliness Donald s pain and anger is crystal clear A fewdetails of the planned future of the Silos are revealed Discussion of pre Silo events seems to be done this book moves the story forward by a lot of years.The book relates two parallel stories, in separate Silos They do not intersect, although a couple of interesting details that affect both stories do come to light as Donald reviews old reports Jimmy s story begins long before Donald is woken this time around, but both stories end in the same time frame End in this case means reaching the conclusion of the prequel series Although this was a bit different from the preceding books, I enjoyed both stories.Still, I stumbled over a couple of things Jimmy seemscomposed and intelligent here than the man that Juliette found I concluded that difference comes from hearing his thoughts in this story, versus his voice in Juliette s story His communication skills are sorely lacking But his survival, without serious illness or injury, is not much short of a miracle, considering the number of elapsed years.Donald we re done with poor Donald has a long list of reasons to be very annoyed He finds betrayal at every turn, and has no one to talk to about any of it He s just as alone as Jimmy But I found a couple of his actions to be jarring a very sharp turn away from his nature Most unexpected behavior, not well suited to his character As I see it, this book is a sort of interlude in the series, bringing the story back to Silo 18 All roads lead to Juliette from here My favorite part is the epilogue A quick sketch with few words draws a picture of two very angry people who do not know how much alike they are, or that they ve chosen the same road.I m very much looking forward Dust First things first If you haven t already read the first 7 books go read them now This review may include privileged info from those i.e spoilers to earlier books.In every series, there always seems to be a bridge that only exists to get you from point A to point B, but on its own merits is a bit weak For me, Third Shift seems to be a bridge.The Epilogue from Second Shift gave you all the information you need to know where this tale starts And Hugh has made it abundantly clear that h First things first If you haven t already read the first 7 books go read them now This review may include privileged info from those i.e spoilers to earlier books.In every series, there always seems to be a bridge that only exists to get you from point A to point B, but on its own merits is a bit weak For me, Third Shift seems to be a bridge.The Epilogue from Second Shift gave you all the information you need to know where this tale starts And Hugh has made it abundantly clear that his next book will reunite us with Juliette However, when Second Shift ended there really were only a few unanswered questions that seem relevant to get answered before returning to her story What happened in 17 and how did Solo become Solo Who switched Donald and Thurman s ID and why What s the truth about the world outside the silos OKa question since Wool 1 but maybe it gets answered in this book Third Shift feelsdisjointed than previous Silo stories While this novel provides plenty of the time location bouncing that Hugh always weaves together so well one of my favorite aspects of H.H books , unfortunately the two major pieces involved here fail to create much synergy to make the combined tale stronger than the separate parts For me, I actually think the bouncing back and forth of this installment detract somewhat There is certainly a clear parallel between the emotional journeys of Jimmy Solo and Troy Donald pseudo Thurman I m sure thousands of you will love them just as they are presented here and appreciate the juxtaposition between the primary characters but I would have rather read a matched pair of novellas with one featuring Solo and one featuring Donald.Please don t get me wrong this is still Hugh Howey writing and is absolutely riveting I read the entire book in 23 hours from purchase to the final pageand I m normally a 20 50 page per day reader On the GoodReads scale, this is a solid 5 star book when compared to the entire world of fiction Hugh Howey is a rare author of extraordinary talent However, rating this Howey book against the other Silo Saga books, I d only rate it at a 3 3.5

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