Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Shift... a book review

Shift by Kim Curran
ISBN: 9781908844040
Available: September 2012

Shift... the thought of changing realities to make-up for bad choices sounds very appealing. Undo your bad decisions and make a new reality where only good decisions live.

This is the premise of Shift by Kim Curran. She introduces us to Scott Tyler who learns at age 16 he is a shifter. Not knowing what it means or how it will impact his life, he voluntarily enrolls with the government agency to learn about his special gift. What he finds there is not only overwhelming, but also dangerous.

Can he handle his new-found power? Does he fall on the 'right' side of the fence? If you can only change your own personal reality, can he (or other shifters) be able to affect large scale problems?

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I was excited to read a book with so much imagination as being able to 'shift' your realities. But, as I found out, laying the groundwork for such an idea proved difficult. The beginning of the book was choppy and hard to follow at times. The characters didn't fully become 'real' until mid-way through the novel. I never was fully involved in the plot or characters. 

Shift is geared towards ages 13-18.  Most likely, the more simplistic, sometimes choppy, writing style will not be a problem with them.

Kim Curran has a wonderful and creative mind. I'm sure her novels will come together better with each passing book.

My rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of Shift from Angry Robot Publisher and for my honest review.



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