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.
About the Author
Kim Curran was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. After studying Philosophy and Literature at Sussex University her plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts never quite paid off. So she became an advertising copywriter instead, specializing in writing for videogames. She lives in SW London with her husband - if they're not both off travelling. When she's not writing she fences and plays guitar. Both very badly. The author lives in London, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Every now and then I come across a sequel that tries to be as good as the first. That's what happened in this case. Reading 'Control' was like visiting an old friend that I hadn't known I was missing, but finding out that part of the friend had changed during that time and they weren't quite the same. Scott had more challenges ahead of himself in this new adventure, but he wasn't alone as some of his old friends from the last book return as well, along with some unexpected ones. I still liked him even though he lost his mind during a part of it. I didn't like Aubrey so much in this book. She seemed more whiny than kickass. She actually grated on my nerves at one point. In fact, I was disappointed that there wasn't more involvement with the secondary characters. They felt like they were just...there this time, not an integral part of the story as they had been in the last one. I think what I mostly enjoyed about this book was the action. There was always something happening. I don't think the pace of the novel ever actually slowed down. And I really love the concept of 'shifting'. That you can somehow change the past by making a simple decision to do so. 'Control' took it one step further though. It went into what it would be like if someone who had the ability to shift did it for the wrong reasons. Writing about that kind of plot makes plot twists easy - and there were a few of them in this book. As with 'Shift' I really loved the writing style of this book. Even with my disappointment with the lack of character involvement, I still found it easy to connect with the story itself. As with the first book, it is written in Scott's POV. So, on the whole, 'Control' did have some good points to it, but it also had some that I didn't like so much - it didn't have the 'wow' factor that I got from the last book. I will still go on to read the sequel though, because the ending was killer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and has read the previous book. Book review written by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
Thrilling HD Read! Take a shift from your regularly scheduled reading for the dystopian future and we find ourselves with Shifter, Scott Tyler on the ride of his life in Control (Shift, #2) by Kim Curran. Control also plays with the "time travel" idea but on a very different level. Our main protagonist is a shifter which means that by the power of thought he can change the surrounding reality. This concept is really something very intriguing and something that Curran does an excellent job explaining. Also, as a side note, and more and more seemingly rare to the YA genre, this novel is told from the male POV which I really enjoyed. Just by looking at the cover art for Control you can instantly tell this will be a high-def read! What a dynamic cover that really pulled me in from the get-go! Control is another second in a series that can also act as a standalone but let me be honest when I say, that after you finish this book you will want both the first (Shift) and the third! This is a fast-paced, action-packed, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of book and boy, what a ride! Curran plays with similar ideas to the Butterfly Effect...eventually you need to stand by your decisions. What is the truth when you keep changing the past and the present alters? The outcome might not be all you wished for...You will not be disappointed as you join Scott and girlfriend, Aubrey on their grand adventure that will uncover a world filled with amazing as well as truly frightening and suspenseful moments!