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How To Ruin A Book? You Make A Sequel, Of Course. Shift by Hugh Howey (Silo series)

It is truly a sorry affair that most sequels just do not turn out right.

Well, alright, not most. Some.

Can we settle on a lot?

I can start naming now,

(The sequel to Blood Red Road, Metro 2034…)

and I am sure you can carry on with this list to eternity. In fact, please carry on in the comments! I would really love to find out what sequel drove you mad.

So basically, I think we can draw the conclusion that you pretty much have to be J.K. Rowling not to mess up the sequels.

So am I surprised that Shift wasn’t really a charming sequel to Wool?

No, dear friends, I am not. But am I disappointed?

I don’t really know where to begin with this book, or frankly – IF I should begin at all, cause you can see I just gave it 1 star, which I pretty much never do, so you must be getting the vibe that not only did this book not satisfy me, it probably even enraged me.

In fact, if that book had been a game, I would have rage quit.

This book has many very unfortunate factors that made me hate it. Part of it was that it was a sequel to a mind-blowing book. But it’s not just that! The plot dragged and dragged and dragged… I can’t think of a book that has tortured me quite so lately.

If I had to compare it with Wool, well, first of all, the main character is such a wimp that you can’t even. Literally. Second – okay, the first book is quite depressing. But it’s also uplifting in a way, cause they keep fighting. Nobody gives up. Shift though? What happens to the guy is so depressing, that if you have any empathy at all, like even the amount sea critters have, you will probably get sorely depressed from just touching the book, much less reading it.

(Hint: I totally did.)

Unfortunately, I can’t find much more to say about this book. It’s a non-story completely. I know it will not remain in my mind at all, because, well, pretty much nothing happened. Half of it was a retelling of what happened in the first book, half told stuff about a guy I honestly don’t care to hear about, and intermingled in between all of that, there was maybe a little bit about how or why the silos were actually built. Alright, I’ll give you that – there is the backstory. But hey. I could have saved so much more time (and brain cells) if that was just given to me in like 10 pages.

Now you will say, Evelina, dear friend, WHY DID YOU NOT DNF??

Well, now. I actually have a pretty good reason for that.

You might know I do not DNF almost ever, but this time I was buddy-reading this with my mom. And since I was taking my sweet time, she kept whining about wanting to talk about the story and just tortured me into finishing it! It was terrible 😀 abuse, I tell you! Here’s a GIF of me (superstar!) to show you how I felt while reading this book – I think it’s a better outlet than text:

So have you read Shift or Wool? And what sequels let you down?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

30 thoughts on “How To Ruin A Book? You Make A Sequel, Of Course. Shift by Hugh Howey (Silo series)

  1. Oh girl. I am so sorry. That’s… just the MOST disappointing. I completely understand why you didn’t DNF. I have done that more times than I’d like to admit. When I’m reading with a buddy or for a book club, I just want to finish a terrible book so I can clearly explain to people why I didn’t like it. And so I can explain to them why there are so many other books they should read (and recommend them based on what they enjoyed about this book)!

    I haven’t read Shift or Wool. One of my friends did recommend Wool to me, but I can’t get a copy from the library. So it’s on the TBR and will have to wait. You enjoyed Wool, then?

    There are few series I’ve read where the second book ruined the series for me, actually. Mostly, I stop after book 1. O_o Or, I DNF book 1 (I’m looking at your Fever series. Gag).
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    1. Yeah, I loved Wool! Wool is definitely worth it. Sequels just sometimes go haywire. But I’ve heard the third part’s good! Although it might also be hard to get a hold of it for me.
      I would have gladly DNFed this one, but oh well. At least I have a fun gif now, right? :D)

  2. I think Ancillary Sword is the sequel that MOST disappointed me in the last few years. Ancillary Justice was so special and Ancillary Sword was so utterly mediocre in every way, lacking the slightest bit of what made its predecessor special.

    I’m just glad you didn’t say The Dark Forest, so I don’t have to internet fight you.
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    1. I haven’t read the ancillary series yet. As for the Dark Forest! That’s one of my favorite series EVER. I would never say anything bad about it 😀

    2. Huh. I thought AS took the series a new direction that I loved; I started picking up a culture vibe and almost liked it more than the first. Well, not really, Justice was too good not to love it the most.

      Anyway, on Wool. I loved the first short story but really wasn’t a fan of the entire arc.
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      1. I liked the entire first part, but this one.. No no no. Have you read The Three Body Problem series though, Nathan? I forget 🙂

      1. I mean, I imagine that’s why authors do it. Or they do it for the people who skip the earlier books. But I like to binge read, and I keep my own summaries of books so that I can read the summary before starting the next book in a series if it’s been a while. So for me the recaps are frustrating. And people who skip books and expect to understand everything annoy me so they don’t deserve recaps lol.
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    1. Yeah, there’s a third book, they say it’s much better. But this one is definitely not worth it. Not every day do you give 5 stars to the first book in the series and then 1 start to the next one 😀

  3. Sequels are so tricky! I feel like the pressure of the first book pushes many authors to overdo, overwrite, over-everything, and it ends up a disaster!

  4. hahaha I agree! You asked me about the sequel of Dust Lands. I did like it but it wasn’t a five starts. Maybe 4. I stared the last and UGH. No sure. LOL I wasn’t able to get through Wool and I was going to try because of your review but given that the series doesn’t continue hat good.. Hummmm…
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    1. Oh wait, so you just posted a review of the first part, but not the others? Because I commented on your review thinking you still haven’t read it yet 🙂 yes, the last one is so totally ugh, what was the author thinking even?! Right?

  5. First, omg, I love how you title your review posts! And second, I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience with this book. I haven’t read these in particular, but I’ve certainly had had books disappoint me when I had high expectations from a previous book. Sigh. What to do. Sometimes some books really should stay as Standalones.
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    1. Haha, thank you 😀 yeah, I’ve been trying to click-bait my titles at least a little bit, haha 😀 I think it makes it more interesting to check it out, anyway. I’m so glad someone notices these things 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by!

      1. Hahaha, yeah it works! It makes it seem less like review and more like a discussion. Kudos to you! And no problem! xd

  6. There is one series that comes to mind that had a good sequel. In fact, I like the second book better then any other in the series!
    It’s Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter.
    (The first book in the Gallagher Girl Series is I’d Tell You That I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You.)

    1. My mom had a similar opinion, although she didn’t hate it as much as I did 🙂
      As for Wool, it’s still worth a read! It was a stand-alone, technically, and it was genius.

  7. This seems to be a thing. That the sequels are bad ad they are often! Then the authors try to cover it up by saying that it’s a trilogy, or a series so no one will remember the sequel…

    1. Yeah. I suppose, middle books in the series are hard to write? But it happens so often! It really is kind of sad. I can think of so many sequels that just didn’t deliver.

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