I read the Wool Omnibus first and it was pretty good. I’m not a fan of “inner space”. I normally read about outer space, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon stuff so this was a different kind of book for me. I like the Wool Omnibus because it was a good story well written. I’m not sure I liked First Shift because it was so very depressing all the time! When you start off a book using a Senator and a Congressman as your main characters, it’s going to get real depressing very fast! I can’t believe a junior Congressman could be pushed into doing the project the Senator wanted so easily. Talk about being gullible. If the young Congressman wanted to be a Congressman and not an architect, then why didn’t he just tell the Senator he didn’t want any part of this project and go back to his Congressional office and figure out what he was supposed to be doing in Washington D. C. (even if it was for only 2 years)!
Anyway, the switching back and forth from the future to the present is some times confusing. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was reading about the same guy in both instances I just didn’t know how they got to different places until later in the story. And the story did develop that way, gradually bringing everything back to the present time. It’s a good story if you have a concern for the end of everything. I personally don’t see this as a serious scenario since nanobots can be controlled just like any other machine, you just have to know their software coding. Also, biological bad guys are just as capable as ending everything as are nanobots.
First Shift does explain a lot about the conditions that are present in the Wool Omnibus. I understand better how things got to how they were in Silo 18 and the other silos. I still don’t believe the shrinks could have thought of everything and written the Legacy or Order prior to ever experiencing a silo habitat. There’s just too much going on in the human mind to cover all the conditions that could arrive with this kind of society setup.
Lastly, it was a good read and I’m glad I read it. I didn’t like it as well as the Wool Omnibus. I think the whole premis is a little far fetched! And I still think someone in one of the silos would have invented and installed elevators or lifts instead of walking up and down stairs all the time. Silo 1 had them, so why didn’t all the others? More lies?