SHIFT by Hugh Howey


Synopsis: In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away. A powerful few know what lies ahead. They are preparing for it. They are trying to protect us. They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. A path that will lead to destruction. A path that will take us below ground. The history of the silo is about to be written. Our future is about to begin.

5 stars from me!

First and foremost, if you haven’t already read WOOL by Hugh Howey then you need to stop everything and go and read that one first…

Okay, so if you are still reading then hopefully you’ve already read WOOL and are well aware by now that Mr Howey is a genius story teller and has a creative mind that most would (and should) envy.

It’s no surprise at all that the film rights to these books have been snapped up by Ridley Scott, when you read them you are swept away into a vivid visualisation of the world that Howey has powerfully created for us. It’s truly amazing the way the words just leap into life in your head.

SHIFT takes us further back into the story, here we learn how the world came to be unlivable and how and why the silos were created. We go inside the minds of the men responsible for the atrocity and also those responsible for the design of the silos – little knowing that they will end up living in them.

As well as the obvious appeal of the well written story, SHIFT also features some much more sensitive moments focussing on the intricacies of relationships and how far we will go to protect those we love. As well as how far we will go to prevent our own loneliness.

It is a truly great read and I offer many thanks to Hugh Howey for writing these books.

I’ve got DUST on pre-order and I cannot wait!

To buy SHIFT click here.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Wool gets 5 stars from me without hesitation. What a fab book.

I’m urging my son to read it now (he’s 13) as I think it is one of those books that will be equally well received by a different generation; and I think he would come at it from a different viewpoint to mine and end up loving it for all different reasons.

WoolI found the imagery conjured up while reading to be vivid and unstoppable, from very early on I could see this book would make epic film. A few tweets with the author confirmed that the film rights have been snapped up and I am very keenly anticipating it hitting the big screen.

The story is all too believable and I think that is what sucks you in, along with the incredibly descriptive prose and the unfolding story line. For a lot of the book each chapter sits with a different person and I found myself racing through the pages to read what happened next.

I found it incredibly hard to put this book down and blame it whole heartedly for all the things I was late for last week!

There are some very strong key characters and I find it odd to see a review from someone else who has stated they ‘didn’t connect with anyone enough to care’, I can only assume they were reading a different book! There are plenty of back ground characters in the story but the main characters stand out from the crowd and make their presence felt.

It’s difficult not to imagine yourself in the shoes of some of the characters, with a little soul searching as you contemplate whether you would go with the flow or have the courage of Juliette.

I loved Hugh Howey for the little Q&A at the back of the book, the last question made me smile and realise that he’s got a sense of humour and for all his brilliance comes across quite humble.

To buy Wool (Wool Trilogy 1) click here.

Halfhead by Stuart B. MacBride

Halfhead5 stars from me

Brilliant book! Brilliant concept and if you are a fan of his other books then this is a ‘must read’! In fact, as this book is not part of a series, but is a ‘stand alone’ book you can feel free to read and enjoy whether you’ve read any of Mr MacBride’s other books or not. And if you really haven’t read any of his other books then you need to find yourself a copy of the sensational Cold Granite and get acquainted with Ds Logan McRae.

Halfhead offers a scary view into the future of our world.

I really enjoyed the escapism created by the story being set in the future, yet not so far into the future that it was unimaginable. It’s the very concept that this monstrous way of living isn’t too much of a stretch of the imagination that makes it so great. It is easy – and scary – to believe that the world could head that way.

As always, in my opinion, with Stuart MacBride’s books, the characterisation is superb; the Dr Fiona Westfield character is just fantastic. Despite her being a sick, perverse serial killer you end up feeling such empathy for her wanting her life back.

Very engaging, fast paced and an all round great read.


Synopsis: Terrifying serial killer thriller set in the gritty Glasgow of the near future, from the bestselling author of the Logan McRae series. There are worse things than the death penalty… They call them halfheads: convicted criminals, surgically mutilated and lobotomized by the State, then sent out to do menial jobs in the community so everyone will know what happens when you break the law. There are no appeals, no reprieves, and no one ever comes back. Until now. Dr Fiona Westfield, one of the most prolific serial killers Glasgow has ever seen, is waking up. Surrounded by blood and death and darkness. William Hunter has risen through the ranks since putting Westfield away; now he’s Assistant Network Director, in charge of police actions. But a routine murder investigation is about to embroil him in an appalling conspiracy. The vast connurb blocks on Glasgow’s deprived south side are ready to explode. Eleven years ago the VR riots killed millions – now someone wants to start them all over again. And Will is being dragged back into a past he desperately wants to forget…