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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.

In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.

At almost the same moment in humanity’s broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened.

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First Shift: Legacy (Part 6 of the Wool Series)
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A Welcome surprise
April 18th, 2013
Came across this on a whim and I am very glad I did. Great concepts and an entertaining (hard to put down) read.
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Good, but not as good as Wool.
March 24th, 2013
Slightly confusing trying to track where in the series you are at.
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Still great
February 28th, 2013
Another fantastic story in the Wool series. This one answers a lot of questions posed in the first story line. Just as good, or better, than the rest.
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Wool series: First shift
February 16th, 2013
I've been loving the Wool series and found First Shift to be a worthy addition, with a few minor complaints. First Shift is the 6th novella of the Wool series. It takes place at two different time periods, from two different POVs. Donald in 2050 and Troy in 2110, with each chapter alternating between them. It acts as a prequel to the first 5 books, or Omnibus, and does an excellent job explaining and summing up unanswered questions. I found First Shift to be a little slower then the Wool Omnibus (first 5 books), It took a little longer to really catch my interest. It was the stories from 2050 that, in the beginning, had a hard time keeping my interest. The stuff set in 2110 is always interesting and, at some points, is what kept me reading. About a third of the way through the novel, the 2050 stuff really picks up as well. As a prequel, First Shift sheds light on the unnamed apocalypse from the Omnibus. I'm not gonna spoil it, but it was amazing! It reminded me of Michael Crighton, but more thriller and less techno, which could be good or bad depending on how it goes. But, it was all good in this novella. It's cool because Hugh Howey doesn't just focus on the technology of it, but the logistics, engineering, and politics of it as well. Overall a great addition to the series, though a little slow at the start. I would recommend this book. Typed on my iPhone
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