Monday 12 August 2013

Book Review-Control by Kim Curran

Title: Control
Author:Kim Curran
Series: Shift #2
Published:6 August 2013 by Strange Chemistry
Length: 352 pages
Warnings: fade to black sex scene, violence
Source: netgalley
Other info: I quite liked Shift. There will be a sequel to Control, the last in the series.
Summary : Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.
That's why he's so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.They've sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids - as if the ability to change your every decision wasn't unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.
As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realises if he can't control his choices, they'll control him.
Review: After the events of Shift, ARES has to run around cleaning up the remnants of Project Ganymede. Scott and Aubrey are going round, when they witness a shift that changes things in a large large way. This leads to an investigation into Frankie Anderson and the project involving the children. In the meantime, Scott discovers there’s more to shifting abilities.
I was generally looking forwards to reading this one. It starts off slowly, being mainly setup, with events getting set up. Benjo’s back! He provides important information for the rest of the investigation. It’s instantly put on a larger scale, with global politics playing a part.
It picks up majorly a little way in, where you start getting everything going really well. The action doesn't stop after a certain point, and it's hard to put down.
Scott and Aubrey’s relationship is very real-it isn’t all perfect, which I liked. The characters themselves also get development-Scott especially. He's flawed, doesn't always do the right thing even with the use of shifting, but he learns things.
I like the fact that in among all the action and investigation, there's also a bit about Scott's family, his parents' fighting, and how it affects him and sister Katie.
With shifting, anything can happen. Many things do happen. Plot twists are very good indeed.
The ending. Woah. Big big thing. Can’t wait for the next one-it promises to be even more epic than these two.
Overall: Strength 4 tea to another great book in this series. Looking forwards to the next one.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! It got archived on NG before I had time to read it, so unfortunately I missed out. Will definitely be reading it when I have the chance though! I like that Scott and Aubrey's relationship isn't perfect - like you said, makes it more realistic. Great review, thanks!


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