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In fifteen-year-old Adrian Havoc’s world, Homestate rules every aspect of society: identity cards need to be carried at all times, evolution is a forbidden topic of discussion, and religious education is enforced in daily “rapture” doses. If life weren’t hard enough, now come the threats that the end of the world—SHIFT—is quickly approaching. But Adrian refuses to accept t...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
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Donna
SHIFT had such crazy potential if you're reading the blurb but getting into it, it just felt rushed. Scenes changed in a jolted, jerky sort of way and information was thrown at you without much explanation. Like how the US got to be in this Homestate situation to begin with. Apparently nuclear bombs dropped and took out all of Massachusetts. From what I could tell, Adrian was living in either Connecticut or Rhode Island. Based on driving distance and the directions they were talking about travel...more
Abby
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Keri
My 5th grader recently read this young adult novel and demanded I read it as well. It was great. A mix between reading The Road and The Giver, but written for young teens. Set in the near future, Massachusettes has been nuked, and the country is called "The United Christian States", where the topic of evolution is forbidden and "The Raptures" are shown daily. Pretty heavy stuff, but written in a light, age appropriate way, that has you zooming through the pages.
Loryn
Adrian Havoc lives in a world where the government has complete control over its people, and religion is the basis for how things work. If you are not part of the “right” religion, you are moved out of the main city. Every day is one day closer to the Shift; the apocalypse. Adrian is fairly lucky in this world, his mom is a scientist (she does go against everything the government believes though) and he has a quirky sister who can see the future. Adrian’s father though, he has been missing ever...more
Angie
Boston has been nuked; the north is a radiation wasteland; the government is a religious cult called HomeState. This is the world of Shift and Adrian Havoc. In the not to distant future the world has fallen apart and been put back together by religion. The government preaches daily through "Raptures" and is predicting "Shift" or the end of the world. Adrian lives with his mother, who is a scientist for the government, and his little sister Shriek, aka Melody, who is somewhat psychic. His father...more
Kelly Hager
This is another dystopian novel. I'm pretty sure it's set in the fairly close future. People are living in the aftermath of nuclear (I'm guessing) war. It's been long enough ago that things are more or less okay but recently enough that you still can't eat much of what grows.

So Adrian and his sister Shriek (really named Melody, but everyone calls her Shriek) live with their scientist mother. Everyone's gotten religious after the war, and Christianity is mandatory. (The Jews are currently living...more
Vixen
Although slow in some parts, I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and I liked the characters. It is written in first-person and is very fast paced without really dwelling on anything. For example, our main character keeps thinking about kissing the other main character but when he finally does it, he doesn't even think about and there's no explanation. It just says "I kissed her goodnight because it seemed like the right thing to do" and then he just goes to bed like as if nothin...more
Brenda
Fifteen-year-old Adrian lives in a world where the government is officially a religious cult called HomeState. Ever since the day of destruction, HomeState has required all individuals to pray for forgiveness and to make ready for the end of the world. Science has been outlawed. Libraries have been shut down. All information has been screened. But for Adrian, the problems are more than just the government. His father is supposedly on the Moon but he hasn't heard from him in over a year. His moth...more
Tasha
In a frighteningly possible future, Homestate rules the land. Evolution is not allowed to be discussed let alone taught in schools, watching religious programming is required, and the End of the World is approaching according to many. This all happened after terrorists bombed Boston with nuclear weapons, creating a swath of dead land across the Eastern United States. To the north of the Deadlands which still swirl with radioactive dust lies a land of horrible devastation and crazy people. At 15-...more
Kristi
This book is insanely hard to summarize! I’m going to do my best and hopefully you will get the jist of it.

Adrian Havoc lives in a world much like our own. Actually it is our world, or could possibly be our world sometime in the future. Somewhere, somehow something went wrong and now half of the country is toxic due to the fallout. The government controls every aspect of society. You do what they say, when they say, no matter what. You believe in God, period, under no circumstance do you questio...more
Karissa
Adrian Havoc lives sometime in the future where it is no longer the United States of America. It's more like the Christian United States. At the beginning of this book, Adrian is fighting his mother against going to state-mandated Vacation Bible School. Because of course Adrian is the kind of guy who questions everything he's been taught.

Adrian's sister, Shriek, knows things that other people don't know. She's become attached to a penguin at the zoo. When she's sent to a camp with real horses,...more
Rachael
Adrian Havoc used to think he had the best of both worlds, but that was before his father never came back from the moon and his mother started stressing over work. His parents are people of science and math, employed, strangely, but the religious government called Homestate. Homestate controls everything in Adrian’s home of Atro City, from simple things like admission to the zoo to mandatory religious education under the state religion. Now that Shift is approaching, the end of the world or so t...more
Becky
Agell, Charlotte. 2008. Shift.

"Mom and I have been having the same argument for so many weeks now that we've got it down cold. We can run the long version or the short version, depending on what's up, but it never really changes. It would be funny, if it wasn't boring me to death.

"Adrian, you have to sign up for Vacation Bible School." She usually has her arms crossed, as if that makes what she's saying more serious.
"No."
"It's a graduation requirement now. You know that."
Silence. I can say a lot...more
Lucy
Adrian Havoc is tired of toeing the line. He is sick of following the rules, sick of being indoctrinated with Rapture propaganda, sick of not knowing what happened to his father who went to the moon and stopped writing to him. When his mother, a prominent scientist, goes off on a mysterious government mission, Adrian is tired of sitting around. One thing leads to another, and he finds himself on a mission to rescue an aged penguin, along with a very attractive zookeeper and his somewhat psychic...more
BE teen reviews
Shift, by Charlotte Agell, is a unique and thought provoking dystopia set in a post-disaster world where belief in God is required by law. The story and ideas presented in this novel will leave a long-lasting imprint on any teen reader. While Lenora, Shriek, and Adrian's journey out of their familiar home, and into new territory, gives each of them a new outlook on the world they live in, it will also leave readers wishing for more development and description of the characters and setting.
Vee
I really loved this book. This story line was so many things wrapped up into one. First let me say that if you don't like weird, unusual, conspiracy/religion type things then your not going to like this book. I love those types of things. I have been into conspiracy theories forever and when I found this book at my local dollar tree store I just couldn't pass it up. I finished this book in just a couple days. It really kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. Although the author did make so...more
Rhonda Morris
Adrian is fifteen, his sister is always singing, his mom works too much for the government, and his dad is on the moon, maybe (they haven't heard from him in 5 years). The world has changed since his dad has been gone. Homestate rules everything that a person does and you don't dare leave your house without your id card. But something is about to happen according to the message Adrian discovers on their phone and his mom has disappeared. SHIFT is about to occur. Is it the end of the world? Or is...more
Cindy
Adrian is a fifteen year old living in a very changed time. His father disappeared years ago and his mother is off working on some top-secret project. The government and religion have mixed and life in our country is rapidly changing. Adrian and his sister decide to join an expedition to save some penguins and the adventure proves to be more than they expected. This is a gripping and captivation story. It is well written with characters that are formed quickly and fantastic descriptions of the s...more
Nicole Walters
You know, I really like this book. It's fairly typically dystopian in that there's been an event, man-made or otherwise, that has changed the way people live (in fear) and the way the government behaves on behalf of the people, gravitating away from a democracy and toward an aggressive, oppressive dictatorship. In this regard, there is not much to distinguish Shift from Hunger Games or Legend. However, Shift finds a way to separate itself from the others in that it introduces a religious/philoso...more
Makaila
This was a very easy read, I finished it in about four hours. I thought it had some good ideas for a book that were very thought provoking but the book itself was just kind of messy. It seems like it's set in a future time period because people are living in the aftermath of a nuclear war where mostly everyone is religious either by choice or by government force. This in itself is an interesting concept as it really is all too possible but there's a lot of parts that lacked. The scenes changed i...more
Jamie Brooks
I don't even know how to describe this. Very weird. That's all I can think of to be honest. It was rushed, confusing and weird.
Odette
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Amanda
I have tried for like 2 weeks to read this 200 or less page book (sad I know) But it just isnt happening. I find the blurb on the inside incredibly interesting and I plan to read the last few pages just to know how it ended. But its boring and it has such a strange writing. You have a kid cursing like a sailor then they all call a penguin "mr. baby guy" what the hell? why not "penguino" or something actually quirky instead of totally stupid? And calling his sister "Shriek" who the hell does that...more
Fourborne
I enjoyed the story for this young adult book. The end of the world as we know it, or is there some plot by the Homestate a.k.a. government to manipulate us. What I did not enjoy was the use of profanity. I did not expect such language to be appropiate in a book directed at the young. My children said that I would be shocked if I worked at a high school.
The plot was good. This was a easy read if you are looking for light. A book that draws you in as you read and makes you want to know what happ...more
Dodie
Oct 05, 2008 Dodie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers age 15 and up
Recommended to Dodie by: publisher
I'd put this in the post-apocalyptic fiction category - funny and smart Adrian knows there is something more to the strange Homestate rules than religious fervor. His scientist mother is missing, and his Dad seems weirdly calm about. When Leonara, a bold questioning teen, enters the picture, Adrian ends up being part of her plan to disrupt the order of their enforced society, and discover the secret inside 'the mountain'. The story moves at a good clip and Agell draws excellent characterizations...more
deliabookworm
A wonderfully well-written book. The first-person perspective is pulled off very well. Adrian's voice and thoughts are great to read, Agell gets into the head of a 15-year-old boy perfectly.
My main two problems with the story were that the plot didn't flow very easily, and the characters other than Adrian were just...blah. The parents and their situations, as well as the little sister, were all ones I've read many times before.
to be finished later
Ericka
I think this is a very clever book having a 15 yr old question all the stuff going down. I think its rather the opposite of what is going on in real life with having the rapture Christians in charge but it is an interesting way to portray and question a government going overboard. My children are still too immature for this book but I can imagine myself enjoying this as a teenager. Its exciting to place oneself in the protagonist's shoes in this story.
Stacy
Not really recommended for adult readers, I can see this working well for younger teens, especially boys who are attracted to "edgy" or rebellious concepts. Dystopian future with a mix of nuclear disaster, Christian theocracy and some global science that never really came together for me.
Jinnie
Futuristic tale of a world in which Boston has been nuked by evil conservative Christians who plot the end of the world based on questionable science and fear. An interesting ending, but what's with the penguin?
Michelle
This book is just way too preachy! The message was way too obvious. The ending was such a let down because there was hardly any closer. Also, I don't like when authors swear, especially in YA books.
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