Review: Shift (Shift #1) by 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.


At first it seems Scott is an average sixteen year old. He has mediocre grades in schools, he plays a lot of video games, has one best friend and whenever a girl approaches he turns into an mumbling fool. Until one night he accidentally shifts, drawing the attention of the beautiful Aubrey. She knows what is going on, Scott has absolutely no idea.

Aubrey explains about Shifters, people who can change their choices from the past and it that way altering their current reality. For example; if Scott would not pick up that penny he would bump into someone, spilling coffee all over himself. The other possibility is picking up that penny and not getting coffee spilled all over him. Being a Shifter he can choose. Now this is an easy example, most decisions have bigger consequences as he soon discovers.

Scott is granted the opportunity to step away from is ordinary life and join ARES, a government organisation for people like him. To be clear, there is only one special power, not multiple talents and when two Shifters fight it's the one with the strongest will who wins.

So Scott is so glad to participate in this opportunity, even if it means training with a bunch of eleven year olds. Soon though he figures out not all is as great as it seems. Children are going missing and it seems someone very powerful is shifting reality around them.

Shift is a very fun and thrilling story. It is absolutely not realistic, but to me that's part of what makes it so great. Scott is just clueless about most things, but in this adorable geeky way. He's very enthusiastic, but when the threat is real he is not afraid to admit being scared, which he then tries to cover up with humour. I really liked reading it and young adults will love it. Some of the characters have a bit of a caricatural vibe going on though. All in all it was fun and weird, mostly weird and a nice change of read.

If I was fifteen or sixteen I would have given it 4 stars, because for that age category this is the kind of book that will make teenagers love reading!

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