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on Oct. 31, 2011 :
TransShifter is a blend of a dynamic Phillip K. Dick story with the human element of a Gabriel Marquez. Like Dick, TranShifter takes a bite out of the scientific theory that there is life on other planets and periodically they may come and visit us - maybe even become us. Like Marquez the main character struggles to understand what it is to be human and what that ultimately means.
The concept of an alien energy force cloning one of us is not one that hasn't been done before, but it is one that never grows out of style especially when it is done well. Cindy Borgne does a fantastic job of plot manipulation that kept me turning page after page without stopping until I reached the end. I read it in one sitting. And, then I questioned what it means to be human.
The plot was as laid out as a well-constructed maze, but more than plot the characters worked for me. I found myself angry at the main character, and then crying for him to succeed. I rooted for him from beginning to end. I rooted for humanity, wanting this alien being to see us as more than a selfish race out to destroy. In the end, I got an ending that was unexpected and rewarding. If you like pondering the universe, enjoying a twisted set of an alternate way of life, love good characters - I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)