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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  163 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
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Published September 4th 2012 by Strange Chemistry
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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
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
Kara 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
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
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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
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[ARC Provided by Strange Chemistry, my review is unbiased]
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The start of Shift was pretty gripping, I sneaked a look when my ARC arrived and immediately regretted it - I wanted to devour the whole book there and then! When I did get to the book I wasn't disappointed - the story is thrilling, filled with twists and turns I would never have thought of.

There were a lot of fun elements in this. Exploding heads, a fat hungry guy, the shifting itself, pole jumping, things blowing
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.
Anika Claire
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal, reviewed
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
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
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)

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
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Will M.

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
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Better than expected! Didn't start out too well, but definitely redeemed itself. ...more
Ria Bridges
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Arra Abella
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was like The Tomorrow's People for me. I have mix feelings about it.

For the story, it was a fast-phase. I love it, but yeah, it was just okay for me.

The power to shift sounded so cool, but at the same time I was so confused on how it actually works (maybe it's just me).

The main character, Scott well I kinda guess he will be powerful shifter since the beginning, and the last chapters proved that. But one thing bugs me, is the updated? Power of him was only a one time thing? Hell pleas
Leontiy Cristea
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Janus the Erudite Artist
This book has some resemblance to the movie, Jumper, in terms of the protagonist's ability. Which I found really interesting since it was a relatively new aspect for me in terms of stories. Sadly this is yet another book that offered a promising synopsis but somehow fell a little short of my expectations. Some scenes were rather boring and I feel like it didn't have as much of the entertainment factor that I was hoping for, so I decided to just put it down. ...more
Saima Nisbet
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
I wanted to read this as soon as I read the concept: shifting through time? You had me at "shift". 99.99% of the story was amazing but the last twenty pages were a tad rushed. I'm going to start the second in the trilogy next. ...more
Karla Schneider
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a great sci-fi contemporary book to read in highschool. Stupid kids discovers abilities and be irresponsible with them etc. But the 2 main characters are just too immature for any other reader audience.
Peter Saah
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Such a good read!! Hope you enjoy this amazing! I know you will love it so much!!! Blah blah blah
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kah Cherub
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
read complete review (with all the memes) here:

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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Kim was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. She got her first typewriter when she was eight, had a poem she wrote about a snail published in a magazine when she was nine, and that was it – Kim was hooked on writing.

Because she never thought she’d actually be able to make a living as a writer, she decided she needed a trade to fall back on. So, naturally, she went to Sussex Unive

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