[Review] Shift

Friday, September 7, 2018

Title: Shift
Author: M.A. George
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Published: June 1, 2018
Source: YA Bound Book Tours

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Seventeen-year-old Perry Teasdale is a dreamer.

She’s not the kind of dreamer who waltzes through fields of wildflowers, twirling her skirts in a starry-eyed daze; or the kind who aspires to be the biggest rock star the world has ever known (not that she’d complain, if that accidentally happened). She’s the kind of dreamer who can’t get a decent night’s rest, because her sleep is flooded with scenes from other worlds—ones that seem as real as life itself.

Mind-blowing dreams may sound like loads of fun, but when they start to bleed into Perry’s waking hours—confusing the line between dream and reality, and keeping her in a sleep-deprived fog no amount of caffeine can cure—Perry’s not exactly thrilled.

Try as she might to shake the dreams from her mind, they keep gaining speed, growing ever more vivid and intense…until that hazy boundary between real and imaginary fades away, and Perry is forced to consider the impossible: Her dreams seem real, because they are.

When disaster strikes, sending Perry’s newfound normalcy into a tailspin, she takes the only logical path left: a whirlwind tour of the multiverse, scouring an ever-growing assortment of alternate realities for the missing piece—the missing person—to put her life together again.

Along the way, Perry enlists the help of an ancient wise woman (who may be a tad homicidal); a nerdy-in-all-the-right-ways mathematician (who knows all of Perry’s secrets, even before introducing himself); and a sword (because you can never go wrong with a sword).

At times hilarious—at times heartbreaking—Shift is sure to be, well, one of those two things.
Upon coming across Shift, I knew immediately that I wanted to read it. I mean, what's not interesting about a dreamer that actually hops to different realities? I don't read a lot of books with plots like this, which makes it easy to get me interested if done right.

We follow Perry, the young woman who shifts without knowing (at least until she's told about it and finally realizes it for herself). She's extremely friend and family-orientated, which is a strong, yet dangerous trait to have. I didn't much like her all that much, mostly due to the fact that she came off as ditzy and not too bright despite her nerdy tendencies. However, regardless of the lack of connection to her on my part, her character development was clear as day and suited her character very well, gaining my favor.

The story itself is interesting with a plot that is pretty unique and I don't know why, but I just had such a hard time getting into it. Maybe it's just because lately, I've been feeling pretty unmotivated and not all that 100%, so I'm not going to judge too harshly. I mean, it was entertaining when I did read and with the originality of it, it really helped me enjoy the rest of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed it for the majority of it. I kind of wish things didn't end the way it did because it removes the sense of urgency and negates the emotions I had when things started to go down the way it did. I certainly recommend it to lovers of Sci-fi and those interested in alternate realities.

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