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.
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.
This is a fast-paced, compelling story that deals with some big themes - parenthood, the treatment of our enemies, the corruption of power, the ethics of scientific research, and intolerance towards those who are different to ourselves. If that sounds like a lot, the story doesn't feel crowded - the themes and questions posed by the book arise naturally from the situations the characters find themselves in. --Helen Smith
From its electric-blue cover and typically free-flowing, "The Shifters of 2040" is paced briskly and easy to read. From the world she created in "2060", Blackwelder again has taken the time to develop her own plausible science (and) fiction incorporating speculation about nano-science and ideas such as "steering wheel ID". --A Cheshire Lad
Once you start this novel you will not want to put it down, and when you finish you will certainly want more. --Shawn Weaver