AUTHOR: Alison Evans
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017
GENRE: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
PAGE COUNT: 246
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One sentence blurb: Ida’s secret ability to switch at will between parallel universes becomes complicated when she starts to lose control and is stalked by shadowy doppelgangers.
The lightdark surrounds, skin-tight and consuming. Warmth starts at the top of my head; it’s quick this time, and I know in my bones, my skin, I’m going in the right direction – page 9
What I Liked
- Bisexual, biracial, genderqueer, transgender representation! Whoop whoop! It was so refreshing to read about characters with they/them pronouns (Ida’s genderqueer partner, Daisy), and casual chats about binders (Ida’s FTM transgender cousin, Frank).
- The pace is cripplingly fast. This is a very quick read, so buckle your seatbelts.
- Physical descriptions of Ida’s experiences are visceral and creepy as heck! The way Ida’s doppelgangers intersect with her and other people freaked me out. It was just so gross and disturbing.
What Didn’t Work for Me
- I expected Ida’s relationship with Daisy to be the focus of the story, because the idea of potentially losing a loved one by switching universes is so gripping and awful! I was shocked by how unconcerned Ida is when she switches into Daisy-less universes. If I misplaced my partner in a parallel universe, I would be beyond devastated!
- I would have loved it if Ida’s relationship with Daisy were somehow crucial to the plot. There was potential for Daisy’s struggles with their toxic home environment to build towards an emotional climax in which the couple discover what they need from each other. However, after the first quarter of the book Daisy rarely makes an appearance. I was disappointed by how distant Ida and Daisy seem, and how there is no reconciliation between them. There was no payoff for my investment in their relationship.
- Just like Ida’s relationship with Daisy, her relationship with her dad and her late mum were not developed very deeply. If these characters were developed more, I would’ve cared way more about the role they play in Ida’s past and present.
- Yes, the switching universes and doppelgangers are dangerous and annoying, but apart from the inconvenience Ida didn’t seem to have much to lose or gain either way. She’s too preoccupied with what’s physically happening to worry about how it’s impacting her relationships and life. She just goes with the flow and doesn’t consider the consequences enough to satisfy a worrywort like me!
- I needed more of Damaris and Adrastos to better understand how they fit into Ida’s story. The switching between Ida’s and Damaris’ points of view was sometimes jarring because Damaris’ world is left unexplained. These characters would make more sense in a series, or at least in a longer book that explores them more.
- There is an exorbitant amount of describing mundane tasks and mundane, meaningless character interactions. There were so many opportunities to show character development, which were squandered.
This books is for you if: you prefer plot-driven stories to character-driven stories; you like open endings; you’re interested in time travel.
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