Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Shift by Kim Curran

Title: Shift
Author: Kim Curran 
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
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.(taken from 
I honestly had no expectations for this book. I hadn't read any reviews on it, and I'd never heard of the author. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by this intense, unique story of government conspiracies and life or death choices. The premise drew me in immediately. What if you could change any decision you've ever made? What would that do to your life?

Scott Tyler really is your average teenage boy. Funny yet ordinary, he never suspected that he possesed the power to alter his entire world. At first, he only realizes how he could employ his ability for personal gain. Eventually, the full scale of his power dawns on him. He can alter horrific events in certain circumstances. However, a top secret government group known as the ARES enters his life and begins to train him to use his "shifting" power. 

The feel of novel changes dramatically as Scott becomes more and more involved with the government. His powers grow stronger as he learns to wield it in fights and fieldwork. However, he isn't the only Shifter, nor is he the most powerful. Government conspiracies quickly overtake the plot. These secrets are much darker than I would ever have guessed. The cover definitely doesn't reveal how disturbing some of these scenes are.

I've always been a sucker for tales of rebellion and conspiracies. No, I'm not some crack pot government conspiracy theorist. Still, I have a fascination with novels that revolve around government upheaval. Maybe it's something about the drama and intensity of revolutions. Anyway, as soon as Shift played the terrifying government secrets card, I was hooked. This doesn't happen until the third quater of the novel. Much of first half centers around info-dumping and character building. This can drag a little, but the action packed second half makes up for the slow beginning.

I love when a book surprises me. Shift is a deep, heart-racing novel that I would recommend to any action lover. Don't judge the book by it's cover, because there's more to this story than meets the eye. Trust me. Just wait until you meet Benjo... *shudders* Congrats to Kim Curran for such a addictive debut! 

Rating: 4 Stars