Shift is the prequel to The Wool Omnibus. It primarily tells the story of how the underground silos came to exist and why the world became unliveable. The first half of the book is very different from Wool, and much slower. It starts with Donald Keene, a congressman involved in a top secret project to build an underground facility. He believes the lie he’s fed about the facility’s construction, and is quickly trapped into an existence he had tried to believe wasn’t possible.
The opening of Wool grabs you right away. Sheriff Holston knows he’s going to die, has in fact asked for it, but against all odds is hopeful he may somehow find his lost love and survive. You feel sorry for him, and wonder if he may not make it after all. It’s enough to get you invested in the story straight away, if only to see if he is right.
Title: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Publisher: Random House Australia Publication Date: March 13th 2018 Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. …
As with Illuminae, Gemina is told through a series of emails, instant messages, schematics, classified files, and transcripts. In addition, there is the benefit of Hanna’s journal pages also being included. I love the different format of the way these novels are written. It involves the reader and makes them feel like they are part of the investigation and subsequent trials taking place.
Illuminae isn’t written like a traditional novel. The story unfolds through a “dossier” of hacked documents — emails, ship schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more.
When I first read about The Windup Girl I knew it was a book I wanted to get. The story starts off slow and confusing, but picks up in the middle. Once you learn the terminology, the history, the companies, and the people involved, it begins to make a lot more sense and the pieces of the puzzle click together.