Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Book Review: Tandem

TITLE: Tandem
Book 1 in the Many Worlds Trilogy
AUTHOR: Anna Jarzab
PUBLISHED: October 2013
GENRE: Science Fiction/Parallel Worlds
PREMISE: There is a universe parallel to our own. There are people with our faces but with different lives. Sasha discovers in the other world, she is a princess in a war-torn world...
MY REVIEW: This one was a interesting one. There seem to be more sci-fi books coming out lately and I frankly have zero problem with that. YA could use some more sci-fi. This one did have the usual first book in a trilogy problems such as having to set up world/characters so it's a bit slow in places. But for the most part, this was a solid start to a interesting looking trilogy.
The idea is the most fun part of it. The author takes time telling us about this world and does it by SHOWING US instead of giving info dump after info dump. Bless. I thought we had forgotten to do that or something. So you're pushed right in and the ride is great. For awhile. Like I said, it is guilty of dragging in the middle.
But for the most part this was a entertaining, kind of refreshing, start to a trilogy. Could have done without the forced love triangle (aka the dragging part), but it's YA, what can you do? At least the author tried to have it be part of the plot instead of have it be the entire point of the book. I can deal with love triangles as long as they don't become the entire point of the book (unless of course that book is a romance, in which case, it's supposed to be the point). All in all, this was a fun one. I look forward to the rest.
WHO SHOULD READ: Fringe fans, science fiction fans (who don't mind dodgy science)
MY RATING: Four out of Five parallel universes

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