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3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  859 Ratings  ·  159 Reviews
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, ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Strange Chemistry
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AH
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
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lafon حمزة نوفل
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
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Ben Babcock
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 any more last 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, ...more
Jeff James
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
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Kt
Apr 11, 2012 Kt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 looking more and more attractive as he finds himself a target for those who would see to use and con
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Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
See this review and more on 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
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Syahira Sharif
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
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Rebecca McNutt
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 way more interested in the story and how it will continue.
Elevetha
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 more, please and thank you. Just don't mess up the character.
Bibliotropic
I have to give Curran props here. Usually when book summaries involve the phrase “beautiful and mysterious [name],” I get turned away pretty quickly. That sort of thing rarely appeals to me. But the rest of the concept, playing with timelines and overwriting them to get your desired result, was interesting enough to make me overlook that and to give the book a try.

There are rules to shifting, too, and ones that I was happy to see. If two shifters are facing off, the final timeline is determined
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Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
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
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
It's no secret that I spend a lot of my time when I am not reading, listening to audiobooks, and I received Shift at the perfect time to give me something new to listen to. For some reason unknown to me I missed out on the publication of Shift, so having the chance to review an audiobook of it was perfect for me.
Like some of my previous reviews I am going to break down this review into different sections, and give my thoughts on each one.

The Plot
I love the whole idea behind the story, and having
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Emma
Jan 25, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars - deducting points for making me want to vomit at a certain point with cats :p

Loved the narrative voice - amazing use of quantum physics - power corrupts and this is one of the lowest examples *shudders*

I loved Scott’s narrative voice, he is an utterly realistic 16 year old. The world in which he lives is brought to vivid life with Kim Curran’s descriptive, relatable writing style. Scott’s life is utterly normal, parents who argue constantly and a younger sister that out shines him in
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Ellie
Apr 15, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Scott’s never been one to show off before so he’s not quite sure why he’s climbing a pylon to impress a girl. When he slips, he really thinks he’s a goner, but instead of breaking all the bones in his body, he comes round lying on the grass with a memory of falling over the fence. Did he climb the pylon or not? Next thing he knows, he’s being dragged off by the girl, Aubrey, and being told off for shifting in public. If he can just avoid being captured by ARES, his knew found gift to change his ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
3.5 STARS

This book had me hooked from the get go with its intriguing synopsis and downright brilliant prologue. I love how you’re thrown straight into the action with Scott the main protagonist and you don’t have chapters upon chapters of filler before anything happens so you get a “feel” for the characters and the story. Straight away Scott, who’s always led a rather mundane life with his arguing parents and little sister who’s always outshone him, gets a taste for the supernatural when he make
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Shift is one I listened to on audiobook, and loved it. I ended up picking up the books, Shift and Control, to read them, and was disappointed to hear the news about Delete. That disappointment soon vanished once I heard the news that Delete would be published, so I decided to pick up these books again to refresh my mind about what has happened before I read Delete. Since this was a TBR read, and not really a review book I don't really take notes, so its going to be brief and basic, but a small w ...more
Rebecca
Jul 07, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read shift about two/three months ago and am hoping to read the sequel soon, but I thought I'd post a review on the first book before I did one for the second.

I found Shift a pretty interesting read, with an imaginative concept of the world having this secret organisation known as ARES that recruited people called 'Shifters' (who had the ability to re-do decisions and stuff). I wouldn't say it's a particularly 'original' book, as this theme of having a 'secret organisation' is done a lot in ot
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Will M.
Jul 03, 2014 Will M. rated it liked it

Another disappointing read. This one had huge potential, yet the execution was terrible.

A shifter can change the past, to keep the description short, but there are limits. There can be consequences, and the main character realized that in the novel. Honestly the main premise was not discussed as well as it should've been.

The characters were okay, but they weren't developed enough to be remembered. Aubrey constantly tried to be a "kick-ass female character" but she still ended up being dull and
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Gareth Cj.
Oct 06, 2014 Gareth Cj. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Don't you wish you could undo a decision you've made in the past? Well, this book explores that idea and it may not be as wonderful as we always think it could be. This book has some action and suspense. I found myself wanting to solve the mysteries with the characters. It was like an action movie playing in my head. Good book to read - a blend between fantasy and sci-fi, I think.
Rachel
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than expected! Didn't start out too well, but definitely redeemed itself.
Arra Abella
Jul 23, 2013 Arra Abella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
This was supposed to be posted yesterday but due to connection problems I had to postponed it for today. I apologize for that. Anyway starting this off with the cover, I think it was very strong and tasteful. I like how it showed the protagonist appearing from the blue light which I think signifies change or the shift.

Shift. Whenever I saw or heard this word, it always remind me of shape-shifting. Sorry Supernatural fan over here and the fact that I didn't read the description beforehand. But st
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Leontii  Cristea
Aug 25, 2012 Leontii Cristea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I pre-ordered Shift, by Kim Curran, a mere handful of weeks before its release, I did so on a bit of a whim—it was another Strange Chemistry title and being so enamoured with the idea of the imprint and eagerly awaiting the eventual releases of Laura Lam’s Pantomime and Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse, I hopped on the bandwagon and despite not being totally sold on Shift, ordered it anyway.

It’s not my usual thing: I like my sci-fi in some far-flung galaxy, or on the far reaches
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Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This review was first posted on my blog, here

make a decision
When I first heard about Shift, I was instantly intrigued and knew that it would be a book that I would pick up and read. I am certain that every single person, despite what they may say, will wish that they could go back and change some of the decisions they made. But it would always be impossible to do that without consequences and that is what this book is all about. I was sure that I would like this one and so I was really happy whe
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Mieneke
Jul 07, 2012 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shift is one of the launch titles for the new YA imprint for Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry. So this is a double debut, not just for the author, Kim Curran, but for the imprint as well. So there's a lot of pressure for Shift, and its launch sister, Blackwood, to do well, both for their authors and the publisher. And as far as Shift is concerned – I haven't read Blackwood yet, look for a review of that one in a week or two – it bears up under that pressure beautifully.

The premise of Shift is very
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Paul
Apr 22, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When your average loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he’s not sow average after all. He’s a “Shifter” – he has the power to undo any decision he’s ever made.

At first, he things 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 results in terrible, unforeseen consequences. In a world where anything can change with a single thought, Scott has to decide exactly where he stan
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Kah Cherub
read complete review (with all the memes) here: http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2...

First line: Take a second and think about all the decisions you've made in your life.

Last line: I leaned in to kiss her knowing this was one decision I was never going to change.

Favorite quote: "'Hello?' I heard a tired Katie from the other end.
"Katie, what are you doing up?"
"Well, there was this annoying ringing noise."'

What if you could undo every decision you've ever made? Unmake every mistake. Would you?
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Ryan Lawler
Jul 05, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reality bending novels, when done right, are pretty cool. I like exploring concepts like time travel, alternate realities, and the butterfly effect, so picking up a book like Shift by Kim Curran was definitely a no brainer for me. Curran takes these concepts and gives them the thriller treatment - I think you can best describe the whole story of Shift as one fast paced, easy to read, action sequence.

The premise sounds simple - What if you could change any decision in your life? What if you chos
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Khan Naunko
Jun 08, 2013 Khan Naunko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shift by Kim Curran – An Unexpected Gem from a Bright New Talent.

Premise
Scott Tyler, 16 years old, Completely Average - or so he thinks. That is until one day, his whole world changes when he discovers that he is not so normal, that he is, in fact a shifter, a person with the ability to change his reality by being able to go back and undo or change every decision he has ever made. At first he couldn’t be happier. He has this cool ability that finally makes him special.

Soon enough, however, he r
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Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
I got this book quite a while ago but for some unknown reason I kept putting it off. Had I known how crazy-good it really was I would have moved it to the top of my TBR pile. I loved all the characters, I loved how fast-paced the story was, and even though it was a bit mind-boggling at times, the whole premise of Shift was so interesting!

We first meet Scott Tyler when life is at its suckiest. He has hardly any friends, his parents never get along, and even though he cares about her, his little s
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Liz
Sep 15, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by Shift! I wasn’t sure what to expect when first starting it, and to be honest, I had my reservations. I loved the sound of the premise, but I wasn’t certain if the execution would be good enough to pull the whole thing off (because usually books which involve changing reality can get a little complex and confusing). I can say now that Kim Curran pulled it off.

Scott was our main character, and he was just an ordinary, likeable guy who had no idea about his Shifter pow
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