Sunday, July 7, 2013

Book Review: Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab

Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1)
Author:  Anna Jarzab
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 448 pages
Expected Publication Date:  October 8, 2013

From Goodreads:
Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.

Loved loved loved this book.  Parallel worlds, which seems to be trendy right now, but this is definitely a fresh take on the concept.  Sasha lives in Chicago, on Earth, and is a normal teenage girl.  She's always had a crush on Grant, and then suddenly Grant talks to her for the very first time and ends up asking her to prom.  The trouble is that Grant is really not Grant, he is Thomas, his analog (double) from the planet Aurora, who works for the military. Thomas has come to Earth to kidnap Sasha and take her back to his world so she can take the place of Juliana, a princess, who has gone missing. Two warring countries are finally reaching peace through Juliana marrying Prince Callum.  So Sasha is thrust into this entirely different world and has to pretend to be someone else in order to be sent back home.  There is romance, political intrigue, and sci-fi elements as well.  

Sasha is a very authentic, likable character.  And I loved Thomas, who is really just trying to do the right thing.  Sasha feels betrayed by Thomas playing her, so there is a lot of tension between them.  When he tells her the night of the prom was the best night of his life...sigh.  Really sweet romance.

I felt really bad for Callum.  He has no idea that Sasha is not Juliana.  Although the summary of the book led me to believe there was a love triangle, there really isn't.  Yay!  

There is some resolution to the story, but some of the characters are left in a pretty sticky situation, so I'll just have to wait until the next book to find out how it all works out. I keep telling myself that I will only read trilogies (or series) if they are complete.  But I just can't help myself!  

Adventure, romance, parallel worlds--definitely recommend!

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