Shift - Kim Curran
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.
This book made for such an entertaining read. It was thrilling, action packed but also contained humour - brilliant! It begins with our average Joe narrator, Scott Tyler, climbing a pylon in order to impress his friends, particularly a girl named Aubrey Jones. A piece of the pylon snaps off and he begins to fall but in a split second he is on the ground beyond the fence, as if nothing had ever happened. Welcome to Shifterville, Scott. A Shifter is a child - young adult that can change the events which have occurred through changing a decision previously made. Scott found himself wishing he hadn't decided to climb the pylon therefore it hadn't happened. I found myself thinking wow, this would be so great! Shift explores the darker side of being a Shifter and the consequences that can follow from people's decisions. You cannot change the world.
I loved this book. I loved that Scott was such a normal person. No specific skills and despite being a shifter, he continued to struggle through adolescence. This is made all the more difficult by discovering that he is one of the oldest Shifters. He is late to the regime held by the ARES, a government body which helps to 'control' and to 'hone' the skills developed by Shifters. It is believed that once you reach adulthood, you go through endorpy in which you can no longer Shift. These Shifters are either taken on by ARES or are expected to go and live out a normal life. This is where the problem begins within this novel.
The villains created by Curran in this novel is absolutely chilling. The actions of some are grotesque and I couldn't stop turning the pages to discover what would happen next. It guarantees plenty of action and is incredibly fast paced. I loved it! Not only are there villains, but there is also a rebellion. This only added to the action. There were many questions floating through the novel. Who do we trust? Who is responsible for these horrific events? I devoured this book and was so eager to discover what would happen next!
A novel from a male point of view was also refreshing for me. It isn't often that I read from a male point of view (not counting Harry Potter) and it really did make such a nice change. I loved seeing adolescence from a male perspective and it was nice to read about an insecure male figure - something which doesn't happen all that often in Young Adult fiction. I loved that romance wasn't high up at all in this writers to-do list. It made for a much more action packed read. I really cannot wait to sink my teeth into Control.