Shift – Albawater.co

When your average,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


10 thoughts on “Shift

  1. AH AH says:

    Really cool Shifters have the power to change reality And by doing that shape reality around them We can change decisions we make, take paths we didn t take, and change our present Neat, huh Scott Tyler thought he led a dull existence He s in his last year of high school He lives with his parents and younger sister Katie Scott s parents are disconnected with Scott his mother pretends that the family likes each other and the father is completely detached from the family In fact, Sco Really cool Shifters have the power to change reality And by doing that shape reality around them We can change decisions we make, take paths we didn t take, and change our present Neat, huh Scott Tyler thought he led a dull existence He s in his last year of high school He lives with his parents and younger sister Katie Scott s parents are disconnected with Scott his mother pretends that the family likes each other and the father is completely detached from the family In fact, Scott s parents wouldn t even be married if not for Scott, an oops baby Scott s father is rather condescending and not terribly nice to Scott.Scott joins his quirky high IQ pal Hugo for a night on the town What follows changes Scott s life Scott is challenged to climb a large pylon and in a typical dumb teenage moment, he does, and falls to his death Or did he When he falls, he gets up and the kids are laughing at him for falling off a fence Scott is confused and finds himself under arrest for Shifting in Public Scott has no idea of what just happened This is a cool book In many ways, it reminded me of several movies and TV series Certain sequences reminded me of video games The shifter s reality is very different from us dull normal They can change an outcome with just a thought Shifting comes with great responsibility and some strict regulations 1 A shifter cannot change the reality of a stronger shifter.2 Shifters can only change their reality3 Some events cut through all realities such as large disasters.The last rule was a little convenient for my taste, but it worked for the book Interestingly enough, a Shifter s powers wane at the onset of adulthood There are a few different kinds of Shifters Spotters, Mappers, Fixers, and Regulators The girl who found Scott, Aubrey was a Spotter Her job was to find Shifters and bring them to the regulators at the Agency for the Regulation and Evaluation of Shifters ARES.Scott enters ARES and is relieved to find out that he is not alone The training sessions are grueling Scott s shifting exercises reminded me of a video game The fighting sequences reminded me of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon but in fast motion Finding out I was a Shifter had given me a sense of confidence I thought I was unbeatable Unstoppable Of course, all is not on the up and up in this world and soon a conspiracy is unearthed Some shifters appear on a list and they go missing Then there s the scary Fat Man who reminded me of Syler in Heroes, with the same m.o., too There s also opposition to ARES in the form of the Shifters Liberation Front, too Shift is a fun read, full of action and suspense You re never quite sure which reality is real I enjoyed Shift and I can t wait to read other books by this author Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.Review posted on Badass Book Reviews


  2. lafon حمزة نوفل lafon حمزة نوفل says:

    Humph I decided before writing this review that I would read what other goodreads members thought of this book After doing so, my reaction to this novel is much the same as it was when I just finished it Basically What Was that it Huh So Ms Curran does not mince words, cuts to the chase, doesn t beat around the bush, etc, etc and gets straight to the story All in all not a bad idea, but that mentality exists throughout the book leaving one at the end wondering if they just ran head Humph I decided before writing this review that I would read what other goodreads members thought of this book After doing so, my reaction to this novel is much the same as it was when I just finished it Basically What Was that it Huh So Ms Curran does not mince words, cuts to the chase, doesn t beat around the bush, etc, etc and gets straight to the story All in all not a bad idea, but that mentality exists throughout the book leaving one at the end wondering if they just ran headfirst at top speed into a concrete wall Plot idea was very good, but was completely wasted The power to shift which by the way reminded me of a movie with a similar name, although I ve never watched said movie was never fully explored leaving me to wonder what exactly shifting was Scott, occasionally got random powers and then also lost said random powers with very little explanation as to why he got them and subsequently lost them Another problem only kids can be shifters and yet whenever any of them speak the age that came to my mind was 22 27 years of age Now some might think I m speaking off the ear or however that particular idiom goes, but I m the eldest of five children, constantly taking care of cousins yes, who are all younger than me , and often the impromptu volunteer for babysitting kids I think this gives me license to say that in this book, the kids don t talk like kids.Also one final point the book s description is misleading To sum up, this book could have been so much better than mediocre, but a too fast plot coupled with weak characters, and a poorly explained power that was the centre of this story made for a poor read However the writing wasn t so bad that I threw the book away and so it becomes two stars instead of one


  3. Kara Babcock Kara Babcock says:

    Sometimes I wish I had the power to checkpoint my life, much like one can in many video games I d like to index certain times and be able to rewind to them and then make a different decision For example, this morning I noticed that I was running low on brown sugar, and I hadn t bought anylast time I bought groceries It made me wish I could go back to the point where I was ordering groceries and have ordered brown sugar, just so I don t have to buy any during the week It s time travel, Sometimes I wish I had the power to checkpoint my life, much like one can in many video games I d like to index certain times and be able to rewind to them and then make a different decision For example, this morning I noticed that I was running low on brown sugar, and I hadn t bought anylast time I bought groceries It made me wish I could go back to the point where I was ordering groceries and have ordered brown sugar, just so I don t have to buy any during the week It s time travel, but on a very mundane scale.But those sorts of ideas transforming the mundane into the extraordinary often make for the best fiction What I m describing is very similar to Shifting, the central conceit of Shift Shifters, however, don t consciously relive the moments between the decision they change and the present Reality itself just changes, and their memories of the old reality fade.Despite my enthusiasm for the idea, I have to admit, this book didn t excite me for the first little while It s probably Kim Curran s writing style, or at the very least the voice of Scott Tyler, the protagonist In the beginning he has very little to define him He is, to put it mildly, the perfect candidate for a CW sponsored television adaptation of the book bland, white, slightly dumb white dude with a superpower being supported by a variety ofintelligent yet sidelined diverse minor characters.Fortunately, the plot makes up for the protagonist s shortcomings See, Shift is also a murder mystery A Shifter is killing former Shifters for the power disappears as one ages into adulthood in a process known as entropy , and then Shifting reality to make the murders look like suicides Scott, who has only recently discovered his powers and seems to be able to hold on to past realitiesclearly than most, stumbles on to this mystery and the requisite conspiracy that any good secret government organization must have.Curran delivers essentially another take on the empower the adolescent through superpowers theme Scott feels like he has no voice, even in his own life His younger sister s achievements overshadows his own his parents bickering blinds them to their son s approach to adulthood and independence Suddenly, he gets this power that literally lets him shape reality.And then a government organization tells him he can t use it unless he comes to work for them What sets Shift apart from many similar novels is how quickly Curran develops Scott s story within the organization of ARES He doesn t spend much time in training He doesn t spend much time on the job before disasters strike and he finds himself in the thick of a fight for his life Curran clearly has a story that she wants to tell and gets on with it, and the result is a lean, mean novel that doesn t fail to entertain.I m not entirely convinced that adolescents would function in the bureaucratic cubicle farm that Curran portrays as Scott s world when he s stuck in the office It seems a little far fetched to me that even Shifter children could muster the maturity to work in such an environment though, that s overestimating the average maturity of a cubicle farmer In general, it was difficult to remember that the majority of the characters in these novels are adolescents Aubrey is only fourteen or fifteen They re hanging out in a night club, gambling and whatnot, and basically acting ten years older than they are.In addition to these issues of characterization, the concept of Shifting itself could have been better defined Curran lays out the basic premise, cloaked in pseudo quantum mechanics technobabble, well enough The consequences, however, seem less certain The actual mechanics are typically chalked up to instinct.That being said, I have to praise the many and sundry inventive ways Curran works Shifting into Scott s adventures It sthan just, I regret action x, so let me fix it He figures out how to use Shifting to fight, to run, etc The threat of entropy proves to be a major plot point and helps add to the sinister aura of ARES.So Shift is far from perfect, but it hits enough of the targets to be worth a look if the main idea interests you Neither the characters nor the plot are particularly special As first novels go, though, it s entertaining enough to show promise


  4. Jeff James Jeff James says:

    Shift is the story of Scott Tyler, a British teenager who accidentally discovers that he has the power to shift between possible realities by changing his past decisions Along with this discovery comes his entry into a secret world of shifters and a dawning understanding of the terrible powers at play in a world where reality can be changed at will.One on side there is a clandestine government organization called ARES that focuses on training young shifters to use their powers for good, and o Shift is the story of Scott Tyler, a British teenager who accidentally discovers that he has the power to shift between possible realities by changing his past decisions Along with this discovery comes his entry into a secret world of shifters and a dawning understanding of the terrible powers at play in a world where reality can be changed at will.One on side there is a clandestine government organization called ARES that focuses on training young shifters to use their powers for good, and on the other there is a rebel faction of shifters called the SLF, who believe that shifters should be allowed to use their powers without regulation Scott s first contact with the world of shifters, Aubrey Jones, is also, conveniently enough, the girl of his dreams Aubrey is a pixieish blonde with a chip on her shoulder and conflicted loyalties between ARES, who took her away from her family, and SLF, who seem bent on anarchy and destruction for the sake of it At first it seems like the book might be about a clash between ARES and SLF, but then we meet the true villain, a morbidly fat man wants to eat Scott s brains.The villain, Benjo, is easily most original thing Shift has going for it However, he is so vile and over the top that he seems slightly out of place in the story I actually would have liked the author to delvedeeply into the darkness that might result from people with the power to reset their decisions controlling the world As it was, the book felt like it flipped back and forth between a fairly by the numbers secret world adventure and a squick inducing serial killer tale.I did also appreciate that the book retained its inherent Britishness, using uniquely British phrasings and colloquialisms that seemed slightly exotic to this American reader I suppose it s possible that when the book is eventually published in America, that regional flavor will be stripped out, but I certainly hope not.However, my main problem with Shift is that the underground world of the shifters never seems particularly exciting The scenes in the school for shifters feel fairly dull and a bit clich when compared to other similar entries in the genre In fact, the author ends up quickly summarizing Scott s time at school after a few scenes, and promotes him to junior agent status as if impatient to get past all that training The end results is that we never really understand why Scott feels an allegiance to ARES, and it seems like he only really dislikes SLF because they re the snotty popular rebels.Also, after one of Scott s early shifts goes terribly wrong, he never really experiences any further consequences from his new found shifting ability Although he uses his ability to save himself from death at one point, it never feels like we get to see him exploring his shifting powers Additionally, the author establishes early on that shifters can only control conscious decisions, so whenever there is a passage where Scott agonizes over a decision, it openly telegraphs that he will need to shift a few pages later, which immediately lowers the stakes The only real stakes that come into play are when the villain, Benjo, lumbers onto the scene, simply because he is so outrageous that it feels like anything could happen when he is around.Overall, Shift is a bit of mixed bag The storyline follows familiar contours, as a normal kid discovers that he is actually very special and then proceeds to save the day The cast of supporting characters are all fairly two dimensional, and several characters established early on barely getthan a few lines before being shuffled off stage for the rest of the book.Although the villain is a uniquely twisted touch in an otherwise familiar feeling story, he never completely meshes with the rest of book around him, and the end result is a story that only hints at something darker andcompelling


  5. Kt Kt says:

    Review originally posted on my blog A Book Obsession..Everything about Scott Tyler screams average, until the day he met Audrey Jones and everything changed Turns up he has the ability to go back and fix any mistake he ever made Those with this power are called Shifters, but shifting comes with consequences, and every changed choice can cause unforeseen ripples Suddenly his old boring life is lookingandattractive as he finds himself a target for those who would see to use and con Review originally posted on my blog A Book Obsession..Everything about Scott Tyler screams average, until the day he met Audrey Jones and everything changed Turns up he has the ability to go back and fix any mistake he ever made Those with this power are called Shifters, but shifting comes with consequences, and every changed choice can cause unforeseen ripples Suddenly his old boring life is lookingandattractive as he finds himself a target for those who would see to use and control him for their own horrible gains.The concept of Shift was really intriguing, but unfortunately the actual execution left a whole lot to be desired I just felt like a whole lotcould have been done with the shifting as it was never fully explained Granted there was a brief explanation on quantum physics, but all that really did was make my eyes cross There just wasn t enough explanation to be satisfactory and combine that with the overall progress only just meandered along for most of the book, and I wasthan frustrated Considering how insanely fast the pace was for the last third or so, I wish some of that had of been spread out a little to even the pace Also, I had a large problem with the villain, as it seemed like he was only in there to add an element of horror and disgust Considering the overall nefarious plot there wasthan enough conflict that his inclusion was completely unnecessary, and really turned me off.I could have overlooked the unrealized potential in the Shifting concept, and my pacing issues if the characters had of beenapproachable I honestly couldn t bring myself to care about them at all untilthan halfway through, and even then it was only a faint fondness, the kind you may have for a distant cousin Perhaps a lot of that had to with the fact that Scott himself didn t really care about much He was just too sullen and honestly whiny for my tastes So everything and everything else was tainted by his outlook since it was told by his perspective It just made it really hard for me to care about what was happening to the characters, and when you don t care the enjoyment factor of a book is extremely lessened.In all honesty, I m surprised I finished Shift as I was never able to get attached to it I just kept waiting for the moment where I would start to feel, well anything for the characters, but it never came That being said, I do think Kim Curran is talented as the overall concept and writing style were impressive, enough so that I would be interested in checking out her future works as her imagination definitely isn t lacking Perhaps this book will beenjoyable to those who can form an emotional attachment to the narrator, but sullen teenage boys are a pass for me


  6. Nemo (The Moonlight Library) Nemo (The Moonlight Library) says:

    See this review andon The Moonlight Library Shift s opening pages did not endear itself to me I read the prologue, which was a huge hypothetical have you ever wondered and frankly said NO, I HAVE NOT PISS OFF, BOOK So I put it down for a few weeks When I picked it up again, the opening chapter was a dream sequence that is, an alternate reality presented as fact and designed to entice until it is revealed it is not in fact reality Our protagonist, Scott, was playing a video ga See this review andon The Moonlight Library Shift s opening pages did not endear itself to me I read the prologue, which was a huge hypothetical have you ever wondered and frankly said NO, I HAVE NOT PISS OFF, BOOK So I put it down for a few weeks When I picked it up again, the opening chapter was a dream sequence that is, an alternate reality presented as fact and designed to entice until it is revealed it is not in fact reality Our protagonist, Scott, was playing a video game Gah It royally pissed me off So I put the book down for a matter of weeks and resolved not to read it until I could shift the damn thing to an e reader Shift Get it I amthan happy to yell from the rooftops that this book was way better than it opening pages Our hero, Scott Tyler, is a Shifter a person who has the ability to undo past decisions It s as if The Butterfly Effect and Jumper had a baby, and that s the concept of the novel When Scott discovers later than usual his unusual gift, he makes a terrible error, works hard to correct it, and then decides he needs to trust the strange girl, Aubrey, who Obi Wan style explains most things to him, and be trained by the secret government organisation designed to handle Shifters As the Shifting power generally emerges in young children, Scott has a lot to catch up on.Once I realised Scott was facing a YA rite of passage training trials I assumed this was going to be a boarding school type novel Luckily, I was wrong Scott s adventures develop both inside and outside of the academy Once I thought I identified the climax, it just kept going, making the actual event exciting and interesting, if a little confusing and even in this strange world unrealistic The climax was also extraordinarily brief I wanted to seeof Scott s struggle, his torment and pain Instead he seemed to overcome this trial particularly easy and defeat the villain of the novel which, by the way, I didn t actually predict.I loved the fact that this book was set in England Jeremy Kyle, anyone , and I loved reading a male point of view I normally much prefer a female point of view, but Curran pulled off the arrangement convincingly The romance was secondary to the main action of the plot, and although I m not privy to the mind of a male I think Curran pulled off Scott s attraction to Aubrey very well Curran s a talented writer with a great imagination and managed to give a common idea her own twist An advance reader copy was kindly provided by the publisher.


  7. Syahira Syahira says:

    The book surprised me, I rarely read boy s POV young adult books but this is really not that bad and its way better than a lot of contemporary YA novels that I ve read these days.Truthfully, when I saw the description, I was expecting a rip off version of The Butterfly Effect and Jumper which I didn t like at all despite one of them became a cult movie and another have Director Nick Fury in it I was finishing this book before my usual Saturday afternoon s Fringe and frankly I saw some subtle si The book surprised me, I rarely read boy s POV young adult books but this is really not that bad and its way better than a lot of contemporary YA novels that I ve read these days.Truthfully, when I saw the description, I was expecting a rip off version of The Butterfly Effect and Jumper which I didn t like at all despite one of them became a cult movie and another have Director Nick Fury in it I was finishing this book before my usual Saturday afternoon s Fringe and frankly I saw some subtle similarities, oh well. science fiction all plagiarize from one another which we all happily obliged.Shift started with a prologue by the main character, Scott, asking the reader about making the bad decisions in life and a chance to redo all of them He then proceed to telling his story of how he come to have such powers and regretted it Well, from the prologue, you ll expect several things archetypal character, superpowers, secret governmental agencies, brain eating psychopath and a girl Which was the perfect recipes for a male centric YA novels everywhere I was very sceptical at this point but I m pleasantly surprised that the storytelling was at a constant pace without redundancies of obvious fillers my painful reading moment here and after several chapters, I m actually enjoying the book.The book didn t actually tell the audience where the setting was so, I was around a quarter of the book and realized that it was set in England which explained some of the words and the colloquialism that I don t get at all.So, after escaping his family for a night out with his friend, Hugo, Scott pulled a dare involving him climbing on a pylon which I have to google to know what the heck that was despite the urban legend of a boy getting one of his testicles ripped off yes, I cringed too. and when Scott did climb over, he slipped and fell until he opened his eyes and found himself lying on the ground unhurt but with his friends disappointed that he failed his dare Which of course, he was confused since he did climb on the tower but before he could say anything, he was under arrested by a female teenager who had saw what happened and claimed he shifted to show off to his friends Scott remained in confusion when the girl, Aubrey, insisted that they need to get away before the Regulators come and catch him for shifting illegally.Frankly some of the earlier chapters are simply info dumping that even I had my eyes crossed I hate physics but I would know that Dr Walter Bishop will squeal in glee Peter, he s like our Olivia and then the story goes along in full speed towards the climax and the ending.Personally, I don t expect much from the book except that I really thought the book is going to be like Percy Jackson Darren Shan stories of doing the beginning of the book series in cliffhangers, just to make it worth to get the sequel.But no it started with a big scary man licking the face of Scott the saliva. the awful smell coming from the stranger s mouth and then around 58% The cat jumped off the body and proceeded to nibble at its owner s brain and then a couple chapters later and I thought, What if There had always been tell of tribes possessing some of the strength of their enemies by consuming their bodies So what if I could possess the power of a Shifter Fried it up with some sliced onion, he said, A bit chewy, if I m honest To be perfect honest, at that point, I was reading the book just because I had a bit horror fascination whenever the cannibalistic psycho come to the pages again I had the tendency to think of Benjo as a version of D.Gray.Man s Millennium Earl Okay, I will leave you to make up your mind if you want to get this book but overall The writing is linear with terrific descriptions, the action is good and does not drag the story The dialogues was not lengthy and quite brief enough that allowed every chapter to connect through Some of the minor character s are memorable enough with some back stories that you can feel empathy to them which made them believable The conflicts are fascinating, fast pace I wouldn t be surprise if someone decided to make a movie out of this since frankly, its way better than a lot of YA book based movies in the the theatres Although, the book can be marketed for children, but there are elements see above that I doubt kids would want to read about so I would say older teens till mid 20 s like me would be a better audience.Beside s Kendare Blake s Anna Dressed in Blood and Sherrilyn Kenyon s Nick Gautier series This is a good equivalent of a female author doing a great male centric novels I do read a lot of YA books by male authors but somehow I almost never see a male author doing a great female centric novels.I don t know about you, but I m sold Be sure to get a copy of it since it does not disappoint the readers and I do hope the author made a sequel.The review copy by the courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley The book will be out on 4th September 2012 by Angry Robot Books.Goodreads Rating 4 stars gif are from tumblr and the net I don t own them nor the tv shows it depicts


  8. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Although this book is nothing outstanding, it has a gripping story and a character who is at first comedic but then becomes one that makes the reader wayinterested in the story and how it will continue.


  9. Elevetha Elevetha says:

    2.5 stars.The girl s name is Aubrey Tis a good name that is rarely seen in media I d like to see it , please and thank you Just don t mess up the character.


  10. Anika Claire Anika Claire says:

    Scott is busily going about his teenage life with his dysfunctional family, when he accidentally Shifts for the first time The rather abrupt but very mysterious Aubrey Jones drags him away from a confrontation with the government organisation in charge of regulating Shifters, ARES Scott soon finds himself deep in a strange new world, where every choice could have dramatic consequences Shift is one of two titles debuting not just for their authors, but for the Strange Chemistry imprint Kim Cur Scott is busily going about his teenage life with his dysfunctional family, when he accidentally Shifts for the first time The rather abrupt but very mysterious Aubrey Jones drags him away from a confrontation with the government organisation in charge of regulating Shifters, ARES Scott soon finds himself deep in a strange new world, where every choice could have dramatic consequences Shift is one of two titles debuting not just for their authors, but for the Strange Chemistry imprint Kim Curran has a engaging writing style, writing with a very British voice Much of the character interaction seems quite cartoonish, written a little tongue in cheek and I found it quite entertaining.The premise of this story is fascinating Shifters can undo their past decisions, changing their own reality to a different path The ability to Shift fades out at about twenty a phenomenon called entropy , so almost all of the Shifters are teenagers going through training to control their abilities at the ARES headquarters in East London ARES itself aims to encourage Shifters to only shift to improve reality, to make only decisions that will make reality better.There s also an underground movement working against ARES, the SLF These teenagers are convinced that entropy is not certain and that ARES are manipulating Shifters for their own uses.Unfortunately the whole Shifting phenomenon wasn t explained all that well we only get glimpses here and there of the theories as Scott discovers them and I was left with questions at the end Is entropy real Why is it so hard to Shift some decisions while the Shifts made while fighting are quick and easy What was with that strange power the machine gave to Scott at the end There were a lot of things that weren t explained and it got a little baffling at times.The character of Scott was the star of the show here, just keeping his sanity together as he discovered all the horrors of the Shifting world The romance with Aubrey was gentle anywould have been overpowering but I feel Kim Curran got it just right There s also plenty of action and some pretty horrific scenes in this story.On the whole, Shift was quite an exciting read and I ll look forward to the next instalment in this story, hopefully to find out someabout my unanswered questions