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Shift will appeal to readers who enjoy the premise of superpowers and conflict with government agencies and conspiracies, the same conflict that provides the excitement in the television shows Alphas and Heroes. Scott is the typical Peter Parker style hero, the unknowing loser who discovers that he has super powers, and who will do anything to impress the girl. Since this is well trodden territory, there are plenty of stock villains and secondary characters, as well as predictable conflict between powerful yet vulnerable kids and exploitative adult conspirators. Overall, Shift will interest teen readers who enjoy light sci fi with a dash of super powers.

When Scott saves himself from a fall to his death by using his ability to Shift, an ability he was unaware he possessed, he is apprehended by Aubrey Jones, a Spotter, who initiates him into the world of Shifters. By finding a branch of possible choices and by resetting their choices, Shifters have the ability to change their fate by resetting their present. However, the window for Shifting only lasts from late childhood to early adulthood, and mature but powerless Shifters control the up and coming youngsters. This Shifter world has two parties, the Agency for the Regulation of Shifters, or ARES, which is ruled by mature Shifters, and their nemesis, the Shifter Liberation Front, or SLF. Since Scott has the ability to not only reset his future, but also the rare talent to remember where he Shifted from and why, he is recruited by the government affiliated ARES. ARES may not be the stable and safe organization that Scott believes it to be and the SLA may not be responsible for a terrorist act they were blamed for. Scott must figure out who has the best interests of Shifters at heart before the wrong side gets his love interest, Aubrey, killed.

Book Blurb for Shift

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, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2012 3.50