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5.0 out of 5 stars4.5 stars, but I rounded up
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
I quite enjoyed this book. The action took quite a while to go anywhere though, almost to the end. I took a half star off for that. The characters are interesting, but not fully fleshed out in the first book. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. If you like books in this genre, I say you should give this one a shot because I don't think you'll be disappointed, but don't expect a fast paced adventure store to start with in this first book. I have a feeling the series will "get there" eventually, but this book is quite a foundation piece for the series setting everything up so that you know what is going on with the people and places and actions. My only real problem with this book is that there are no chapter demarcations. Chapter demarcations make it so much easier to see how close you are to the end of a chapter or to find a stopping place when you need to do so. I can't wait to read the next one.
This is a fun read. Audie is a real person. The whole trying to get in to the college she thinks is the best is real life. I could go on and on about her life, you laugh or cry at the way she thinks through things. Then when she meets Halli and everything changes. Audie's ordinary life is no more. How many dream that our ordinary lives would change? Again her reaction to her new life is so real. What would you do? If you are looking for a new type of story read this book and then the whole series.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great read from, apparently, a very talented author.
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2015
It's rare for me to give any book a 5 star rating. I'm no "young" adult, except at heart, but I really enjoyed this book. I haven't yet searched for book 2, as I have quite a backlog of reading but would very much like to find out what happens next.
This book is well written and moves along at a good pace. I'd recommend this to "young" adults of any age!
In spite of the fact that I am far from being a young adult, I loved this book! The science is fascinating and makes me want to learn more about it. The characters were well written, true to life, and fun. I loved the differences between Audie and Hallie. I've already read the second book in the series and can't wait for the next. Robin Brande is an excellent author and I highly recommend her books.
3.0 out of 5 starsOriginal Theory for Alternate Timelines
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2015
I bought this book as part of a StoryBundle collection. While it wasn't the best of the batch, it had a lot of good points. Parallel timelines are a well-used plot line, but Robin Brande has come up with an original and well thought out manner of accessing other timelines.
Audie's character (and most of the other characters in the 'home' timeline) are well done. I particularly liked the academic infighting - sure rings true to someone who has friends in academia!. Handling different time zones was necessary - but multiple repetitions intruded into the plotline.
However, Halli's timeline seems to just be a utopian picture of life. How do all these marvels work? What science allows people to walk from house A to house B in different parts of the world but requires a multi-hour plane flight to Europe? Perhaps some of my questions would be answered in the next volume, but I'm not sure I'll buy it.
Have you ever wondered if there are "copies" of you in alternate realities? This novel answers that very question. The main character is somewhat of a prodigy, she is forever inquisitive and has a tendency for getting herself into tight situations. When she finds her parallel self living in another reality, she has to explore the other's life. However, things are literally not always what they seem. The main character is in more trouble than she realizes, the reader follows this exciting story through the ups and downs. The main character is amusing and entertains the reader. The plot itself is very different and is sure to please any budding science buff. This novel is recommended for young adults/teens who enjoy science fiction.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*