Advance Review via NetGalley.com
Shift by Kim Curran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found this YA novel fascinating, from characterization to plotting, from suspense to quantum mechanics, and the unexpected twists and turns. The premise set forth is intriguing, and is approached in a way that will make it both understandable and appealing to YA-age readers, while at the same time interesting adult readers as well.
It’s not uncommon to be considered a loser in one’s adolescent years; in fact, it occurs far too frequently, to far too many individuals who find themselves putting aside their dreams and goals and accepting that label. One such wrongly-labeled young man is Scott Tyler, who suddenly finds even his best friend rejecting him publicly. In a bid for acceptance (or just a foolish move), Scott tries to climb an electrical pylon, only to find the top strut collapsing and himself falling forty feet-but did he fall?
Incredibly enough, Scott discovers himself (via the entrance into his life of punky Aubrey Jones, a girl with an ugly past of her own, that he has metanormal abilities as a “Shifter,” an individual who can shape his reality and change his probabilities. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? But not when a covert government agency is determined to locate, and train, all young Shifters; and not when “entropy” is expected to set in during late adolescence, rendering Shifting a thing of the past. When Shifting means mapping the consequences in advance, or living to regret the Shift, it’s also not so cool-and quite possibly a danger too.
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