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Review: Shift by Kim Curran



When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he's not so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

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I really enjoyed shift and found it to be an easy and engaging read which I finished in one sitting (only pausing briefly to change trains). I loved the main character and the ideas behind the book and an thoroughly hoping that I won't have to wait too long for another instalment of what promises to be a fab series.

I really enjoyed Scott as a character. I thought it was a fab anti-hero in that he was just a very average teenage boy which I think is something that will really appeal to teens. He isn't super clever, he isn't super fit or strong yet he really steps up to the mark when he needs to which makes him really cool. I also think there is a real lack of YA books with a male protagonists so this book made a nice change. I also loved Aubrey, the mysterious and quirky girl he meets and changes his life and thought she was really cool. I loved the relationship between the two of them and loves seeing them bounce off one another.

The concepts behind the story are really awesome and really original. I thought the idea that someone could decide to undo decisions they have made to set them on a better path. The idea is really cool both because it leads to some epic duels but also because of the consequences behind the abilities to be able to do this. I also liked the political ideas that were behind the story and the tensions between the group that controlled the shifters and the rouge shifters who are considered to be terrorists. Again I think this could be something bought out in future books in a really interesting way

All in all a fab and refreshing different read from a British author whom I want to read more from!

Comments

Lyndsey Rushby said…
This one sounds fab!!
Clover said…
Ooh, I've picked this one up to read next, it sounds really interesting!