Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

Shift – Em Bailey

I saw this book in Waterstones in Ealing, which means that I decided I wanted to read it back in, like, January or February, before I moved out of my brother’s house. But it took me months and months to actually get hold of it and then several more months to actually read it.
But in the end I’m glad I did!
I’ve never read anything else by Em Bailey, and I don’t remember what it was that drew me to the book in the first place, but anyways.

This book comes with a trailer! Apparently that’s what books do now. I’m not sure I approve of this phenomenon.
But here it is! A trailer!

So, as I said, I’ve had this book for quite some time, but I never quite got around to reading it.
When I did decide to open it up, I was intrigued.

It reminded me really strongly of Ultraviolet, by R.J. Andersen. So that was a strike against the book in the first place, because I thought Ultraviolet was disappointing – so much so that I actually didn’t bother get or read the sequel.

But Shift went in a different direction.
Olive, the main character, has had an ‘incident’ in the past… some amount of time. It’s not really explained. Everything is a mystery at the beginning! Why she and Kate aren’t friends, where her dad is gone, who Miranda is, whether she actually killed her parents…

Over the course of the book everything unfolds slowly and is really compelling. There were a couple of moments which were like a punch in the gut, which I absolutely hadn’t expected this book to do to me. It packed a lot more than I thought it would.

I went into this book not expecting much, and was expecting even less when I picked up the Ultraviolet similarities. But I was very rapidly proven wrong. Shift was an excellent book, really well-written with strong characterisation and a couple of really interesting twists that I didn’t see coming (and one or two that I did).
I’d recommend it!

Four stars!
****

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