Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens.
What’s it about? Scott Tyler is somewhat of a loser. He’s sixteen, his parents fight all the time , his sister Katie beats him at everything and his only friend is Hugo. But when he makes an ill advised climb he discovers he’s a “shifter”. Shifters can change reality, can change decisions already made – but not without consequences.
And when you’re not the only one with this power … it can blur the lines between right, wrong and who you can really trust.
What’s good about it? The premise is fantastic. A world that can be altered by changing a single decision, one single innocuous decision; it’s hard not to like that kind of idea. It could get confusing, what with rapidly changing timelines and all, but it’s held together so well that it’s easy to follow.
The characters are fun – if slightly foul mouthed – I thought Scott’s relationships with the people around him were interesting. I liked the big brother vibe he had with Jake and I really enjoyed the relationship he had with his sister. It made for a nice dynamic.
The Fat Man was disgusting. Real levels of goosebump-inducing disgust. Blergh. However it did make for a nice contrast between him and the overall mastermind.
What’s bad about it? The characters are enjoyable but not … not particularly deep. It doesn’t detract much because there is so much going on in the plot, but there’s not much investigation into what makes them tick beyond what’s happening in the here and now.
The verdict? It’s a fun read with some great action scenes. The premise is amazing, but I wonder if shifting and all the mythos that surrounds it could’ve been expanded on more. There’s a lot going on in this and to say the timelines keep shifting it’s still easy to follow. Not everything was tied up neatly though, so I’m quite excited to see that there will be sequel ‘Control’ (not out till August though) which will hopefully explore this world in more depth!