The Shifters of 2040

Shifter Evolutions, #3

The ability to change form can come in handy and there have been times when I wished I possessed the ability to shift for any number of reasons. In Shifters 2040, Evolution #3 the characters are capable of shifting into an array of forms, hawks, wolves, and other creatures that must find safe harbor in the forest / wilderness in order to escape hatred and death. Ms. Blackwelder describes the government's science experiments involving individuals who possess superior abilities. These abilities are not only dangerous for those who can shift but the scientists, country and the militia seeking them. Shifter 2040 is a story with a host of characters and many of them are young children. Some of the youngsters are considered hybrids, part human and alien, and are the primary targets.

Ms. Blackwelder crafts a story of survival from the people who are purist and full of hatred of beings who are different, hence the use of the militia. The book is developed with plenty of running for ones' life, action, medical and social difficulties and sadness. Shifter 2040 will captivate the minds and desires of teen readers and others who enjoy the YA genre. They will enjoy the book and may see some similarities with the books written in the Hunger Games theme. Shifter 2040 Evolution #3 is rich with vocabulary, good sentence structure and possesses all the elements of a story to make it a good read.

I enjoy reading books with shapeshifters, but I couldn’t fully wrap my mind around this one. Perhaps that’s because there are so many characters who pop up out of nowhere and I entered the series later in the series. There are also frequent changes in setting, plot and mini-plots. My recommendation is to read the previous books as this one doesn’t stand on its own.

Book Blurb for The Shifters of 2040

America 2040. Three Species. Divided Lovers. The Race is on for Planet Earth.

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still try- ing to maintain humanity. Discovering a world of shifters and hybrids, the scientists must struggle with human prejudice and betrayal. With the original ancestors, dubbed shifters, still living on earth, humans are in the midst of a fifteen year old war. As the eldest hybrids, Unseen and Diamond, learn about humans the hard way, with the loss of loved ones and sacrifices, love on planet earth proves challenging.

With underlining themes of how prejudice breaks human connections and animal/wildlife conservation, this novel which has received rave reviews will leave the reader flipping through the pages.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2012 3.50