Title: Shift Author: Kim Curran Published: September 4th 2012 by Strange Chemistry ISBN: 1908844043 Links: GoodreadsReceived: Received on Netgalley Rating: 4 of 5 Blurb:
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.
Why wasn’t there more of it? This book struck me as a bit odd. Yes, it’s another time travel, or time jumping book, which comes with its fair share of consequences, but it’s also just really short.
We meet Scott Tyler, who is your everyday teenage boy (kudos on the boy perspective btw!) and he’s got a regular group of friends who dare him to climb this tower thing, knowing it’s impossible. He decides to climb it anyway and upon first try he falls to his death. Except, he doesn’t die he’s just back on the ground with his friends as if he’d never done it in the first place.
A few mind bending things happen in the book once Aubrey comes into the picture and is flabbergasted that he doesn’t know the rules, isn’t part of the uber secret society that regulates these things, and doesn’t know what he can do. She introduces him, teaches him and well as you can imagine, this is where things get sticky.
I can’t say that I trusted this ability in the hands of Scott Tyler, nor did I like his attitude towards it much until the end of the book when he finally began learning his lessons.
What I did love about this book was the fantastic imagery, and the realism that Curran portrays. She reminds me a bit of Jeri Smith-Ready in that her characters are very teenager like.
I’m unsure if this is a stand alone, but I did notice that it’s one of the first books we’ll be seeing from Strange Chemistry, Angry Robot’s new division for teen focused books.