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3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  149 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Dec 22, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
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
Jun 01, 2009 Abby rated it liked it
Shelves: beachreads
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Apr 10, 2015 Raven rated it really liked it
Once I started reading Shift by Charlotte Agell, I didn’t know what to expect, maybe.. some guy who meets a girl and goes on some kind of adventure? Oh wait, it is. Shift is about a 15-year-old boy, Adrian, who has a fight with his mom and runs off with an older girl, Lenora, and his 9-year-old sister, Shriek, to save a penguin named Mr. Baby Guy, from a zoo where he would be killed anyways.
One of the funniest characters is probably Ed, a little parrot with a big mouth. He unfortunately has a sh
Mar 06, 2009 Keri rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 04, 2011 Loryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween
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
Jan 21, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
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
May 10, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 Kayla rated it really liked it
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
Jun 28, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
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
Sep 29, 2008 Tasha rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
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
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it it was ok
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
Jun 06, 2013 Karissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-2013
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,
Jan 11, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok
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.
"It's a graduation requirement now. You know that."
Silence. I can say a lot
Feb 11, 2009 Lucy rated it it was ok
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
May 13, 2014 BE teen reviews rated it liked it
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.
Apr 14, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
I set this book down once. To eat dinner. It was that good!
Charlotte Agell takes us on an adventure with fifteen year-old Adrian Havoc.
Set in the future United States, renamed Homestate, Agell deftly combines the worst that governments can offer: discrimination, forced religious observance, rejection of scientific principles, constant audio and visual surveillance, nuclear destruction, and governance by fear.

To complicate matters, Adrian's mother works for Homestate, his father is dead, the nan
Nov 20, 2012 Vee rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2009 Rhonda Morris rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2013 Nicole Walters rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2013 Makaila rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
This is a high-interest, fairly easy read. I think this is perfect for reluctant teen readers, particularly boys. There is a lot of action and a lot of fun things that hook you in like the technology, the penguin, and that his sister is something of a precog. Like good science fiction it plays on current events and asks "what if." The authors presents higher level ideas about religion, government, ethics, and free-will that people can really delve into for a great book discussion. A great way to ...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.
Jan 29, 2009 Z rated it it was ok
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Fabia Rodriguez
Mar 04, 2015 Fabia Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young readers
Recommended to Fabia by: Me
It was an amazing cliff hanger!! I wish their was a second book.
Mar 25, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
Mar 02, 2013 Fourborne rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Super fast-paced but good. A decent quick read.
Oct 05, 2008 Dodie rated it it was amazing
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
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