Book Review: Shifters, Douglas and Angelina Pershing (2013)

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Editing superpowers, engage!

two out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review at the author’s invitation.)

Fourteen-year-old Tanner Ascunse and his twelve-year-old sister Ryland are about to find out that they’re adopted. And that’s not even the most shocking part: the siblings are aliens, refugees from the planet Gaia, one of twelve colonies ruled by the Shifters.

Made faster and stronger (thus able to “shift,” or move more quickly than the human eye can perceive) through generations DNA mutations, Shifters have special “Apts” (aptitudes) and “Endos” (endowments) that give them unique powers. Some, like Tanner, can control technology; others, such as Ryland, can fly – or at least appear to. Other powers include the ability to shift while holding objects, to hide from cameras and other tech, and to see the future. But these abilities don’t emerge until adolescence, leaving young Tanner and Ryland blissfully unaware of their true origins.

Believing themselves superior, the Shifters subjugated their Ordinary brothers and sisters, exploiting them as a cheap and expendable source of labor. To the Shifters, the Ordinaries are “less than.” But Shifters and Ordinaries alike are human. When humanity colonized the universe thousands of years ago, the location of Colony 7 – earth – was kept secret from the Shifters, and the Ordinary Earthlings were able to live and evolve free of Shifter interference.

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