Saturday, 4 April 2015

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: Delete [Shift #3] by Kim Curran

Title: Delete
Author: Kim Curran
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Shift #3
Source: Faye Rogers PR
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Publication Date: 31st March 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon UK|Amazon US
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
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 reality, Scott hardly recognises 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 defences from crumbling.
But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the world 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?
My Thoughts
I want to say that I am trying to make this review as spoiler free as possible, but it may contain an unintentional spoiler, so read at your own risk. I also want to point out that it is very vague, and more my opinion about the book as a whole, rather than elaborating on certain parts in the plot itself.

Imagine you have the ability to shift, to change decisions you have made to have a better outcome. Now just think of what you could do if you could use this to influence others to change their own choices, to take back every decision they had made. But what would the consequences of this be? Scott finds out what these consequences are pretty quickly when he finds himself in a whole new home. His friends and family are different, they are gone, or not as he knows them, even his girlfriend, Aubrey, has no idea of the relationship they had, yet Scott remembers every second of it, and now all he wants is to fix things.
Forcing someone to change their decisions was always going to be a complicated move, not really knowing who or what they saved, or stopped, or made better, judging their present actions for their mistake and going on that basis as a reason to unmake their every move. All the good they have done wiped out in an instant, the little changes they made to make something better, also gone. Because of this undoing, Scott finds himself in a war torn England, everything he knew is gone, there are bomb sites in place of buildings such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, rubble sites instead of homes. There is nothing but war, and hatred, and Scott not only hates every minute of it, but he also hates the person he has become. But trying to fit into the Scott of that world is hard, especially knowing that this never happened in his own world.

Delete has got to be one of the most epic finales I have read in a long time. Going into the final book in this series I had no idea how it would all end, or if things would even get back to the way they were. Scott is lost and almost powerless, his desperation to get back home evident in his actions, his shock at the events that transpire easy to see in his emotions, and while it may seem like a lot is going on, all of it somehow blends perfectly together, what we already know, what we are seeing, and all of the information that we get off Scott.
Delete is non-stop action, with the war, the shifting, the new friends and surroundings, each page only brings with it more things that keep you turning the pages. You need to know what happens when they meet an enemy, what happens when they go into enemy territory, and most importantly, will Scott ever find his way home again. I devoured the pages, I really could not read them fast enough.

Did Delete end the way I expected, no it didn't, and the ending was something that I didn't expect, it was one that left me feeling warm and happy inside. It's not the conclusive ending I was looking for, but it leaves room for hope, for possibility, and for you to want to believe in the happy ever after.

Final Verdict
Delete was more than I ever expected and I could not read the pages fast enough. You HAVE to read this series.

About the Author
Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.

She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds.
She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

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