Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: Delete


Delete (Shifter Series)Author: Kim Curran
Series: Shift, #3
Released: March 31st 2015
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Length: 352 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative world, Scott hardly recognizes himself. He's a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country's frail defenses from crumbling.
But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the reality he knew, without losing the girl he loves. With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust - not even himself - how much is he willing to risk to get home? 

Once upon a time, there was a lovely imprint called Strange Chemistry. It was small, but reliable, and it always published the very best titles. But these days, quality often isn’t enough, and overnight, Strange Chemistry simply stopped existing. Everything about this was a tragedy, but no one suffered as much damage as Kim Curran and several other authors whose books were set for release. Delete was meant to be out ages ago, but with the disappearance of its publisher, this wonderful conclusion to Curran’s Shift trilogy was pushed back until Kim decided what to do with it. Now it’s finally out and we can say goodbye to Scott and Aubrey.


I have to admit to forgetting some details from Control, and especially from Shift (and who could blame me after all this time), but it didn’t take me long to remember them all and fully rejoin Scott’s magnetic tale. Just like its two predecessors, Delete is filled with excitement, danger and adventure, but the stakes are higher than ever before, and Scott, although much more powerful, is just a little bit lost.

There are traces of the nature vs. nurture debate subtly interwoven in this story. Scott can change his (and everyone else’s) reality in a single blink, but the Scott he finds in the new reality isn’t always the one who made the Shift. People are different in these parallel universes, defined by their circumstances, but can they truly change who they are inside? And can Scott rely on his past experiences when making judgments and accusations?

Shift could just as easily be a trilogy for adults since these kids have adult responsibilities and live very adult lives. On the one side, these books are fast and entertaining, but on the other, they are very mature. And I don’t mean that they aren’t suitable for a younger audience – they most certainly are. I just mean that they have many layers and they can satisfy even a more demanding reader.

Nothing is certain when you can alter your reality from one second to the next, but I liked where we left Scott and Aubrey and I really hope they’ve found the right path for them. This is a fast-paced, action-filled trilogy perfect for when you need some excitement. I highly recommend it.


A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


11 comments:

  1. That is incredibly sad, Maja. Even more tragic? I've never read a single one of their books. :(

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  2. I was so sad when they went under! Eliza Crewe is another author that was awaiting her last book being released as well and after a year (maybe more) it will finally be out in a few months and I couldn't be more excited for it.
    Sad to see things like this happen. Glad the wait was worth it though and this was a very satisfying end for you.

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  3. It's sad that the publisher doesn't exist anymore mainly when you're ina middle of a series but it's great that even after some time you finally had your conclusion to the series.

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  4. I was extremely upset about the Strange Chemistry disappearance! They really had brilliant books all the time! I'm glad that most authors and their books found other homes though and I really need to check this trilogy!

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  5. Sounds like a great premise of the alternating realities

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  6. I was sad about Strange Chemistry too. They had such unique and fantastic books. I'm glad that this author was able to find a home. I like that this tackles the nature vs. nurture debate because it's one that intrigues me quite a bit. I'm glad this was a successful finale, Maja.
    Lovely review!

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  7. Really? Highly recommending it? I guess I have to add it to my MAJA list (yes, there's a list!)

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  8. I am still sad about the disappearance of Strange Chemistry. I loved that imprint and would read books published by them because I knew they were good. So I guess this is a series I need to try! With your review and knowing that I know I can't miss out!

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  9. Ugh! I hate that Strange Chemistry is gone. I loved their books. I don't recall the first two, but if you loved them and they were by SC I am sure they were terrific.

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  10. I was wondering what happened to Strange Chemistry. I just thought they were doing other markets and not so much the bloggy stuff. What a shame! I do have to read this series. Anything that ends with a good book has to be read by me. I usually don't care for the last books in a series.

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