Thursday, 7 June 2012

Shift by Kim Curran - Book Review

Title: Shift
Author: Kim Curran
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: 4 September 2012
Pages: 173
Format: E-Book -PDF
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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When your average 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not quite 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 quickly 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. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This was an interesting read - a kind of time travel meets Jumper story.

There were two things in particular that I enjoyed about this book. First, was the fact it contained some great action sequences that really gripped me and kept me turning the pages. Secondly, I was impressed by the fact the author didn't feel the need to make the protagonist too much of a goody-two-shoes. Sure, he acts heroically at times, but he also sulks, and throws up when faced with violence. It made him much more believable and well-rounded as a character.

One thing I would have liked, though, is for the author to have slowed the pace occasionally to look more at character emotions and to let us find out more about Shifting and the children's abilities. Being so fast-paced all the time made parts of it seem a little superficial.

Still, if you're looking for an entertaining read with lots of action and excitement, you may want to give this book a try. One thing I can say for certain - it would make a great movie.

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