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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  46 reviews
IMAGINE THAT you could change your world with the flip of a switch. You might be prettier, more athletic, more popular, or even living on an exotic island, because your history—your world line—would be different. But here’s the catch: you have no way of knowing if the reality on the other side of that switch will be better…or much worse.

JACOBUS ROSE is a fifteen year-old w
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Published August 29th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
Thanks NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book.


Yes, I had a couple of issues with the book but it was actually really good!!


Let's start at the beginning.

Don't you ever wish you could switch your life around? Cut out certain details to make it better? Well now introducing.... THE SWITCH!

See what happens is there's this tenth grade guy named Jacobus who's really not into some aspects of his l
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing to review this!

The Switch follows 15 year old Jacobus, who pushes a mysterious switch in an odd old house, and starts an adventure into the multiverse to try and get back. Numerous versions of Jacobus exist, all slightly different from the 'original', but can Jacobus make it back to where he started? Because, no matter what you might think, perhaps your life really is better the fi
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Switch by A.W. Hill, Nathanael Hill is a book I requested from NetGalley and the book publishers and the review is voluntary. This book is a terrific sci-fi teen book that had me reading and loving every page! The characters were well developed and seemed like people you knew yourself. The science was introduced in a way that didn't overwhelm and was fun and interesting. The 'switch' came when one of the boys flipped a switch and the next day they noticed things were a lot different in their ...more
Schizanthus Nerd
Multiverse!!! So satisfied and happy and my imagination is firing all over the place and I wanna go on that ride again!!! Dialling ... 1-2-3-0-0 ...

I did the Dory thing with The Switch. I was so excited to read it and then before I started I got distracted by "ooh look, a book!". New ones piled up and while this one wasn't forgotten it lay in the middle of my brain trying desperately to climb its way to the top. So I'm late reading this one and kicking myself for it because I could've been livin
Malina Skrobosinski
This read wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it was an adventurous one nonetheless. It is creative and imaginative, but in ways, I found it lacked a visual element. I often had a hard time placing myself in the different worlds.

The story centers around a young boy on the verge of being a teenager, young Jacobus Rose, who decides to explore a mysterious red house attached to a large truck one day after school. In this house, he and his best friend, Connor, discover a large old
Jess Crafts
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't normally rate DNF's but I got this book in exchange for a review and normally I try my hardest not to DNF eARCs that have been given to me but I just had to for this one. I did manage to get halfway which is why I'm reviewing it properly. (normally I'll DNF books by 20% or before).

The main issue I had with it wasn't that it was badly written or boring it was just that the target age felt wrong? I was expecting YA and the main character is 15 which I guess is on the lower edge but he real
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-copy through NetGalley from the publishers at Curiosity Quills Press. The whole time I was reading this book, I was thinking it sounded exactly like something my friend Roberta at Offbeat YA would like. Then I looked closer and saw that it was a Curiosity Quills Press book, and I knew she would! I highly recommend reading her review, since she’s much more qualified to speak about this genre than I am.

When Jacobus and his friend Connor discover a massive switch inside an old r
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Thank you to Netgalley and Curiosity Quills Press for an early edition of this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Switch by A.W. Hill and Nathaneal Hill is about a switch; a switch that when used will allow the user to travel into different versions of their own universe. The young protagonist in the story, Jacobus Rose, is unhappy with his teenage life. He wants things to change. With the help of his friend, Connor, they flick a swi
Kristina Lenarczyk
I received an ebook copy of this novel to review from NetGalley, but that does not influence my opinion.

The plot of this novel grabbed my attention right away, as did the cover. It conveys the most important aspects of this novel, from the rustic typography, to the hand pulling the switch. This novel was unlike anything I have read before - and I have read a lot of books. There were plot twists that I didn't see coming, and ones that enhanced the overall climax of the story. Was the world comple
Mistress Maleficent #darklings
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Switch was something i haven't read in a while. I've been reading lots more crime/saga stuff, so to break the monotony i decided to go back to something i love but rarely read. A bit of sic-fi fantasy.
We've all been there haven't we? At a crossroads or a place in our lives where a decision that may seem insignificant at the time, later proves to be a life changing moment. Well, what would happen if BOTH choices were made and carried on as parallel worlds? Each one then leading on to another
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
If you could change something about your life or travel to a different universe, would you? If you find a switch, in the middle of nowhere would you switch it? This was a very fun read for me and an interesting book. I enjoyed the Multiverse part of this book. I was immersed in what the switch was and if the characters should use it and what a great imagination the author had for this book and in this story. *This book was given to me for free at my request by Netgalley and I provided this volun ...more
Manon the Malicious
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

On the way home from school with his best friend, Connor, Jacobus Rose sees a red house that he has never seen before.
They both decide to enter it and find a huge switch. It looks very out of place in his house so they decide to pull it. After a couple tries because it’s really hard to pull, they finally succeed and fall on the floor.
When Jacobus gets up, he is surprised to see that Connor runs away from him.
He gets even more s
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  This has not affected my opinion in any way.  Thank you to NetGalley and Curiosity Quill Press for this opportunity.

I had 42 comments on this as I read it because I could not stop pointing out all its failings.  The writing looked like an editor hadn't even touched it with a 20-foot pole.  The character were flat as pancakes, the world-building was mostly a scientific, condescending talk-down... just... no?

Lets get tech
Narelle Richards
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book in return for an honest review.
I really enjoy a book that makes you think, go aha, then think again. The Switch absolutely makes you stop and think about science, the universe and the possibilities for moving through time and space. What would happen if you suddenly found yourself living a totally different version of your life - people who were your friends are now your enemies and vice versa? You look in the mirror and y
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion.

I first discovered this book on Netgalley. The cover is eye catching and the premise sounded extremely promising - so of course, I had to request it! However, for me, this book fell flat and didn't live up to its promise - I ended up DNFing.

I think my biggest issue with this book was the writing style itself. Whilst I don't mind the author breaking the fourth wall and having the characters' speak dire
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Thank you for this opportunity!**

Jacobus Rose isn't completely happy with his life. It's not absolutely terrible, but he wishes some improvement could be made. As he's walking home with his friend Connor, the life he knows is suddenly flipped upside down. The boys stumble upon a small red house sitting on a truck. Even more odd, the house contains one single (somehow lit) l
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 4.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Rich, impassioned tale where science (real and potential) meets philosophy, adventure, danger, friendship and a touch of romance. Characters with authentic voices who get under your skin.
Cons: Might require a re-read in order to grasp all the concepts. Some of the alternate realities are not accounted for.
Will appeal to: Those who like to rack their brains. Those who are in for a great adventure with a number of
Karen Barber
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley for what must be one of the oddest reads I’ve had in a while.
The idea that you could change tiny details of your life by flipping a switch is highly appealing, and for Jacobus Rose it comes true. When he and his friend Connor find a switch in a red house they pull it. Nothing immediately seems to have changed, but then they start to notice little discrepancies between their memories and the reality they find themselves in. And so begins the story that I can’t quite place.
Pop Bop
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
"Reality comes in a plural form..."

This is a fine middle grade multiverse book. Sure, for adult readers I'm happy with a bunch of physicists sharing quantum gobbledygook while standing around a big humming piece of equipment. But put yourself in a kid reader's shoes. How do we launch ourselves into the multiverse, have an adventure, and get back home wiser and more mature? This book provides the answer.

So, you need a clean hook, a grand adventure, some creatively weird worlds, and, of greatest i
*thank you to NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

1.5 stars.
Ohh. Try as I did, I just didnt enjoy this. The description sounded great though so I was pretty excited to find out I was given a copy to review and for that I am thankful. But unfortunately, It just wasnt for me. I dont think that there was anything wrong with it, It just didn't hold my attention. I really like the cover though and while I didnt enjoy it, I would recommend it t
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
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Geoff Strayer
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was just a fascinating read. It is rare to find a book where the characters, their interactions, responses, and motivations are all so simply and rightly done. There really wasn't a point where this didn't seem to work, and no point where I was just over it.

This is the story of Jacob (properly, and inexplicably, Jacobus) and his friends Connor, Moses, Gordon, and Jemma (and sometimes Hartun) as they experience and (mostly) unwillingly explore the multiverse in and around Chicago. The setup
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Time Traveling, friendship, defining what is ‘home’ and the unknown. Aren’t you the least bit curious?

There were so many uplifting moments to grab a hold of with this intellectually stirring story you’d be hard pressed to find anything wrong with it particularly thanks to the great character development of Jake and pals. They were so diverse yet so easy to see how their bond could form it made it easier to ride the journey with them. For a SciFi driven novel the heart of this story is its charac
I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The cover and synopsis had me intrigued from the beginning! I love stories that involve time travel and those kinds of weird paradoxes so I figured this would be right up my alley. The Switch did not disappoint.....but it didn't blow me away, either.

The premise was great! The execution was good. It certainly delivered. It was entertaining and had me wanting to keep reading. But it was too long; it was also confusing. I thin
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This is an intriguing story about a group of friends, in various iterations, who spend a lot of time chasing around various realities, trying to find the way home to their original one(s). The moral of the story seems to be something along the lines of "the grass may look greener on the other side of the fence" - but that isn't necessarily the case... Many of the alternate universes tha
This book had an interesting premise that was sometimes hard to wrap my head around. It took a different spin on YA fantasy. There were no sparkly vampires or people hunting demons or anything like that. There were normal teenagers, learning that every time you made a choice, a world line was created where you made a different one.

When Jacobus and his friend Connor discover a switch, they are given a first class look at these other world lines. The problem is, once you start traveling, how do y
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Curiosity Quills

Publishing Date: August 2017


Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.1/5

Publishers Description: Five travelers lost in a parallel reality—If they get home, will it be the same place they left behind?

Review: A real interesting take on alternate or parallel worlds to our own that develop different realities.

For the first few chapters I wanted to discontinue reading due to Jacobus’ constant whining about his current state. The moveme
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya
3.5 stars rounded up to 4
I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

Jacobus Rose's life isn't perfect and he sometimes feels that he was born into the wrong world. One day Jacobus and his best friend Connor stumble upon a strange house with only a very big switch and a lightbulb on a chain that doesn't seem to be connected to any power. The both decide to flip the switch to see what will happen. Jacobus learns that he has unwilling
Hayley Bourne
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Appealing for all age groups!

At 45, I am definitely not the target audience for a YA book, however, I have to say I was gripped from the Prologue.

The style of writing is such that the book would engage any age group and the premise considers questions that we all grapple with, regardless of our experience or maturity.

I loved the cover, the layout, the balance between description and speech, the compelling storyline; all of which were reminiscent of reading the Unraveling series by Elizabeth No
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Note: I was provided with an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

This book wasn't bad, and it certainly has a lot of promise! Does the author, who I think really has potential with this sort of genre. I liked Jake, the lead character, and I thought he was a well put together MC. There were times throughout the plot when I felt a bit confuse and had to go back to double check things, but it was mostly cohesive all the way through. My one problem was that now and then
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