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The Shifters of 2040

Official information

Shifters of 2040 Author: Amy Blackwelder
Series: Shifter Evolutions
Publisher: Eloquent Enraptures Publishing

Set in Alaska in 2040, Melissa Marn and Bruce Wilder must work under the iron fist of the SCM, while still trying 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.

My review

I tried something new. Something I normally wouldn't pick, even though it has shifters and romance in it. Despite those two elements, The Shifters of 2040 is not a typical shifter romance. What it is - is a beautiful story about alien creatures and their trials trying to survive in judgmental and cruel human world.

The idea is fresh, definitely not washed out. The overall story is interesting. That said I have to mention the problems I had with this book.

First, the storytelling itself was a bit technical. As if someone simply stated facts and not followed the feeling of the events. Plus sometimes it was too self explanatory.

And second I'm not used to reading books without main heroine and hero. So it was hard for me at first. And if the heroine was supposed to be Melissa, as she was the one mentioned in book's summary, I have to say she was unworthy of the name. A prejudiced, workaholic who experiments on living creatures and is capable of giving her child away is not a person I could admire.

And finally, I couldn't understand why all of my favorite characters had to die.

All in all I liked The Shifters of 2040, but I can't say I loved it. Hopefully the next one will be more emotionally engaging.

Rating 3.5

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