Title: Control
Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift (Book 2, see review for Book 1 here. Read ‘Shift’ BEFORE you read this – otherwise spoilers!)

Published: 1st August 2013

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? Scott Tyler is a Shifter. A Fixer to be more precise – he can stop other people changing the ‘shifts’ they make. Together with Aubrey he’s hunting down the remaining members of Project Ganymede, but when the Shard building in London suddenly shifts to a Pyramid Scott realises there’s something far bigger at play.

Tasked with bringing down the enigmatic Frank Anderson, Scott’s grip on reality is getting weaker as the stakes are getting higher.

What’s good about it? Scott is still adorable. It’s difficult not to warm to him, especially during a certain moment with Aubrey, where he makes absolutely certain she wants to do what she’s proposing – what a gent! I love his relationship with his sister, but it really can’t be easy living with parents like theirs. Also a massive revelation with Katie! I’m wondering how that will play out in the next one!

Scott and Aubrey’s relationship is particularly lovely. Felt natural too, not forced for the sake of it.

In an attempt not to drop too big a spoiler, I will just say that Scott finds someone who made my skin absolutely crawl. I didn’t think that was possible after the first meeting with the character, but they’re even more sinister this time around. Read those sections made me shudder.

I still adore the premise of this and aside for the opening chapters (don’t get me wrong, it’s exciting but … see the next section) it’s written really well. It would be so easy for the reader to get confused with all the reality shifts that go on but I didn’t, I was almost surprised by how easy it was to follow all the jumps. Loved all the new information about Shifters too. In book 1 there’s just the three main types of shifter, but that branches out quite a bit in this from the basic shifting that we were introduced to in the beginning.

THE END! Oh my word the ending! The next book cannot come fast enough – what a way to end it!! Exciting and shocking and everything, everything, is up in the air now.

What’s bad about it? So much info-dumping in the opening few chapters. Some of it worked, but a lot of it didn’t. It almost felt a little like the synopsis of the book that would have taken place between ‘Shift’ and ‘Control’. Once that’s out of the way though the plot really gets going!

The verdict? I received an advanced copy of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll be honest. I didn’t like the opening. There was far too much info-dumping going on for me, yes some parts worked, but a lot didn’t. That said, once those chapters are done with everything really gets going. The characters are great, the dialogue sounds like actual teenagers and it moves at a great pace. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about shifters and I was on the edge of my seat trying to work out what was going on (although I was spot on with my guess about Frank Anderson).

The ending though … the ending is incredible! I can’t wait for book 3 now!!

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