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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
How would you feel if you found out that someone had manipulated your DNA? Against your will, without your knowledge? And, to top it off, they erased your memories and made you into some sort of mutant, a shifter? Bailey (also known as Karmin, her original name before she had to change it to hide her identity from those who sought to do her harm) and Rye share the anger and they’ve connected with someone who’s determined to set things right, to change the course of these experiments and destroy the labs that alter humans’ DNA. It’s a dangerous task, one that demands sacrifices.
Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait’s young adult fantasy/science fiction novel, The Renegade Shifters, explores the frightening what if’s of government manipulative scientific experimentation on unsuspecting humans. There are multiple sites around the world, in large military-minded countries like the United States, where mysterious experiments are conducted: mind control and who knows what else. In this scenario, the author explores the possibility of an unthinkable genetic manipulation of humans to make super-human fighting machines. Using young adults as the main characters, the story appeals primarily to that audience, but other age groups will certainly appreciate this story as well. The plot is well developed and energetically driven. The characters are realistic, even in their fantasy-like shifted selves. The dialogue is compelling and helps drive the plot along. Other than a couple of jumps between scenes that leave the reader temporarily lost, this is a real page-turner, one that will make the reader question the frightening possibilities of what if.