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The Shifters of 2040

(Shifter Evolutions #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A Dystopian Shifter Romance

America 2040.
Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors
Paperback, 328 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Eloquent Enraptures
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May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read4bbpr-review
This is the third in the Shifter Evolutions paranormal futuristic sci-fi series. While each book can be read separately or in series order, the author suggests starting with this book because it has the most information about the shifter and hybrid race. The other books take place either in the past or the future. Blackwelder does a very good job of providing an overall glossary/encyclopedic overview of the shifter race before the story begins.

This is a heart-wrenching story about what happens
Lisa Richards
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
While I read several reviews that referred to this series as paranormal, it is definitely more sci-fi than PR. Luckily, I enjoy both. Paranormal to me is vampires, werewolves and other types of shifters, basically characters that I don’t believe exist. Now aliens from other planets, I’m more open to the possibility of them, so why couldn’t they be shape shifters?

I do admit to being a bit overwhelmed with all the information presented at the beginning of the story. I think the glossary would hav
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Article first published as Book Review:The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Rebecca Blackwelder on Blogcritics.

In an interesting futuristic Science Fiction novel set in the beautiful backdrop of Alaska, a species of alien that had infiltrated the earth have now begun hybridization. While throughout most of the states these aliens have allegedly been eradicated, the pockets found in Alaska appear to be some of the last of the species. Known as shifters for their ability to change form, they are hunted ex
Lauren K
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
The Shifters of 2040 is the first to be released of a six part story. Chronologically, it is the third book however the prequels are yet to be released. I think this is a great concept- you can choose whether to read the future or the past – very cool!

The Shifters of 2040, introduces the main (human) characters Melissa Marn and Dr Bruce Wilder who are both scientists who conduct experiments on (shape) shifters. They are employed by the SCM (Shifter-Contingency Military) which aim to eradicate th
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Shifters of 2040
Ami Blackwelder

I was not familiar with the work of Ami Blackwelder until I read this book. Although my main genre of read is paranormal, my interest is mainly with vampires/werewolves. I have not read much about shape shifters but was open to it. I found I was a bit lost in the beginning but of no fault of Ami's because when I read a book that is not in my realm of interest, it takes me a bit to get off the ground with the book.

I was greatly impressed by Ami's imagination a
B.K. Walker
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Shifters of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder was gripping and brilliant.

Melissa Marn was a scientist working for the SCM. Shifters posed a threat to the military and it was her duty to test the captured shifters to find out how they worked. Melissa and Bruce put in many man hours, testing shifters and cloning soldiers at the demands of the new General Raul.

When they bring in children that seem more human than not, the stress builds. Melissa takes one night to just forget - about work, demands on her
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In 2020, the earth is invaded by an alien species that had the ability to briefly morph into animals or humans. However, as time passed, these “shifters” have hybridized. Now part shifter and part human, these hybrids can pass for humans longer and without notice, therefore infiltrating the population.

Jump ahead two decades and enter Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder, a couple of scientists in charge of a DNA investigation of these “shifters.” Melissa and Bruce work tirelessly for the SCM, or Shifte
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
The characters in this book stand out as what drives the story. They are creatively developed and offer a whole new look at shifters. Ami's shifters vary in many ways from what you think of when you hear shifter. These have the ability to assimilate a variety of forms from human to more than one animal, but each has a dominate form that they can easily shift into. Their original form is more of an energy than an actual creature. The children - hybrids - are limited in that they each
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Futuristic, Sci-Fi Lovers Only
Recommended to Monique by: referred by the author
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
* Contains sprinkles of a spoiler here and there, but, not too much *

Read per author's request....

Okay, I was given an e-copy of this book by the author herself which was really cool of her to share with me...And I've been behind trying to read so many things at the same time....So here are my thoughts...I have not read the first book in this series so I kind of felt out of the loop when I began this story...While the author gives detailed descriptions of what all of the different characters ar
Helen Smith
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
In this vividly-imagined future world, alien shape-shifters have invaded earth and martial law has been declared in America to deal with the threat they pose to its inhabitants. But are they a threat - or are they the ones who are misunderstood, mistreated and suffering unnecessarily at the hands of the indigenous population?

We follow the stories of an American woman scientist who carries out research on the shape-shifters; the shifters themselves; and the cloned marines who have been created t
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In 2020 An Alien Race Came To Earth And It Was The Start Of A Global War, Scientist, Melissa Marn's Job Was To Experiment On The Captured Aliens And Find A Way To Defeat Them. Once She Lost Her Mom. She Lost More Than Her Dad Being In The Military, She Lost His Affection As Well. Colonel Marn Only Knew The Shifter Counteringinsurgency Military And Had Made It Her Life As Well Even Dictated That She Get Her Tubes Tied! Melissa Only Wanted Some Down Time, Alone In A Bar Where No One Knew Her. A Ta ...more
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My Review:
Ami Blackwelder has created a rich and enthralling world in THE SHIFTERS OF 2040. Also, a deadly and frightening one for the alien race of shifters that had come to the planet Earth in 2020. Her novel explores deeper themes of the human spirit and what we are capable of, when we allow total fear and prejudice to control our actions.

There are a multitude of characters in which the reader is allowed to experience their life and point of view. Though
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

Ami Blackwelder

Melissa Marn, a scientist for the SCM (Shifters Counterinsurgency Military), is overworked and having second thoughts about some of her research. After a one night stand with a man, who turns out to be a shifter, Melissa discovers that she is pregnant. Melissa, now, has some very tough decisions to face. Because she works for the organization that is trying to exterminate the shifters, an alien race, Melissa is in greater danger than an ordinary person of being dis
Steve Morris
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This is fresh energetic writing from a young American author on the way up.

Recently written as a prequel to Ami Blackwelder's "The Hunted of 2060", "The Shifters of 2040" Kindle edition builds on the former's clever scenario.
This time, things are further improved by the addition of a helpful glossary, character list and photos.
Again set in the future, "2040" in fact deals with some serious themes which might relate to the older, rather than younger teen.
From its electric-blue cover and typic
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I feel like it is my duty to begin my review by saying that although I enjoy books with paranormal elements, I am usually a skeptic about them. Also, amongst paranormal books, I usually stick to "vampires", and the occassional "werewolf" story. "Shape shifters" have never been a priority of mine. And yet, despite my hesitations, and my hang-ups, author Ami Blackwelder has exceeded whatever expectations I had from this book.

Set in the year 2040, as the title suggests, the story is situated in Al
Jodie Lee
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
The Shifters Of 2040 by Ami Blackwelder is a sci-fi with a paranormal element to it. It is set in America in 2040 and tells the story of the fight between humans and the shifters that invaded the planet around 20 years earlier. The book tells the story from both sides and there’s even a romance side to the storyline which I liked.

To be honest this is not the usual type of book I go for but once I got around to reading it I couldn’t stop! Seriously I was hooked from the first paragraph onwards,
Jess Scott
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What stands out to me with Ms. Blackwelder's work is her passion for nature/the environment. This is very clear from the rendering of the themes and setting/descriptions in the book. There's something very real and genuine which comes across to the reader, which I have always appreciated (nothing worse than something gimmicky/fake!!).

The author's style of PNR (paranormal romance) features several twists throughout the plot too (don't want to mention too many spoilers), and I like how the concept
Imogen Rose
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is the prequel to The Hunted of 2060 which followed the coming of age of nineteen-year-old Alaskan student April into her shifter characteristics, her reunion with her sister (whom she was separated from since early childhood), and the start of a romance between April and the mysterious Arken. This prequel takes us back 20 years to the time when April was conceived. It fleshes out those early times and we learn more about her human mother and her shifter father, and details of the sepa ...more
Darcia Helle
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is not a light read. While fantasy, the subject matter is all too real and often dark. An alien species called the Shifters have invaded earth. Rather than taking the time to get to know these foreign beings, all governments want them destroyed. I couldn't help but make comparisons to current immigration issues here in the U.S. Blackwelder holds a mirror up to society and gives us a look at our reflection. Prejudice and intolerance stare back at us.

While the issues in this book might make
Jess Scott
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What stands out to me with Ms. Blackwelder's work is her passion for nature/the environment. This is very clear from the rendering of the themes and setting/descriptions in the book. There's something very real and genuine which comes across to the reader, which I have always appreciated (nothing worse than something gimmicky/fake!!).

The author's style of PNR (paranormal romance) features several twists throughout the plot too (don't want to mention too many spoilers), and I like how the concept
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't normally read books with paranormal elements but this year I have decided to try genres outside my comfort zone and this book did not disappoint.

It was obvious to me as a reader that the author is passionate about what she is writing about and to me this helps to made the novel more enjoyable. I feel that all the characters were well thought out and written with such passion that they jumped from the page.

The only flaw I have with this novel is at times there is a lot of species and ch
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi
SCI/Para Romance/YA

This is the first reading of this type of genre for me and I would normally have steered clear after reading 'True Blood' and becoming seriously bored after book 5, but after hearing about it from a couple of readers on the 'GoodReads' circuit I decided to give it a go.

I am certainly very glad I did and only very disappointed that I left it so long to read after receiving it.

Do not be deceived, it may be in the para romance genre but it is not a slushy nor simple read it is an
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, paranormal
I found this to be a compelling read. The story line is exciting and contains many elements to make it believable. There is love and romance in the book as well as jealousy, power induced madness and action.
As this is book 3 you can choose to go forward or backward in this series. I have to know what happens to the children. I am unbelievably invested in them. I will probably go all the way to the final book before returning to the beginning. For a more in depth review please see my blog review
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I received this book from Ami when she visited the Book Swap of New Tampa at the grand opening. First, I would like to thank Ami again for the gift of this book.

As for the book - This book is an amazing read. Once I started it, I simply could not put it down. The focus of the different relationships (shifter-shifter, shifter-human, parent-child) is refreshing to see. When events happen, they aren't just happening around the characters - they are in the middle of it and experiencing it. The emoti
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a compelling read. The story line is exciting and contains lots of elements to make it believable. There is love, romance and jealousy, madness and action.
The characters are well written and inspire sympathy for the shifters and hybrids. You become concerned about the welfare of the Hybrid children. You begin to understand Melissa and Bruce even though you get frustrated by her decisions. As this is the 3rd book in the series you can choose to go either forward or backward, b
Shawn Weaver
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ami has found a new voice in this novel, giving her characters a life that grasps the reader, bringing them into a troubled Alaska of the future. A future that is not welcoming to the aliens that have secretly intergraded themselves into the Alaskan population, and in the years that they have lived here, they have produced a new breed of man. A cross between alien and human, making a new breed of man with powers beyond belief.
Once you start this novel you will not want to put it down, and when
** For my full review please check out **

This is the 3rd book in the series. The BT team were recommended to begin here from Ami Blackwelder herself. It works well as a stand alone book/start of a series.

The only thing I didn’t like was the way that some of her conversations were written.

I would say that people should keep an eye out for Blackwelder as she will go far!
Krysta Banco
Shapeshifters (or technically shapeshifting Aliens) aren't the usual supernatural beings featured in a Paranormal or Science Fiction books, so it was refreshing not to see vampires or werewolves.
Overall the characters are well written and defined, with a wonderful detailed world.
I absolutely loved this book, I couldn't put it down!
To anyone who loves the Science Fiction and Paranormal genre this is a book for you.
wanda flanagan
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and cannot wait to read The Hybrids of 2050.Ami Blackwelder is an amazing writer .The Shifters of 2040 will captivate you and you will fall in love with the characters and world that the author has created .A thrilling read with lots of suspense and action its a great read .
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Other books in the series

Shifter Evolutions (5 books)
  • Invasion (Shifter Evolutions, #1)
  • Insurgent (Shifter Evolutions #2)
  • Hybrids  (Shifter Evolutions #4)
  • The Hunted of 2060 (Shifter Evolutions #5)