Sideswiped: The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1 (Unabridged)
by Kim Harrison
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Bonus material! Includes the prologue and first chapter of The Drafter, the first novel in Kim Harrison's new series! Don't miss this thrilling first look into the elite world of Peri Reed, government agency operative extraordinaire, and catch more of her character in The Drafter, the first book in the all-new suspense trilogy from number-one New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison, out September 1. Every hero, even the accidental ones, has a beginning. Silas' radical theory that drafters are not replaying time as much as they are temporarily sliding into an alternate universe has never been well-received, but frankly, the darling of Opti's research has enough clout not to care until a professor with a grudge tries to put a permanent end to it. Love can't alter time, and sometimes even being able to rub out a single mistake isn't enough....
The plot was engrossing, exciting, and complex
Sideswiped by Kim Harrison is a novella that starts the series The Peri Reed Chronicles. Silas is a researcher at a training facility for a company called, Opti, and is working to prove his alternative theory to explain how time rewrites work. A certain subset of the population has the inherent ability to rewrite small sequences of time. These Drafters require individuals, Anchors, who can help remember what these changes are. While Silas works as a researcher and has the capability to become an Anchor, his Drafter girlfriend and their friends are working to graduate from the Opti school. When their final exam goes awry and Silas is involved, the group of Drafters and Anchors enlist the help of younger Drafter, Peri Reed, to help them resolve their problems and potentially graduate.
While this is a prequel to The Peri Reed Chronicles, Peri Reed is not the main character in this novella, but rather Silas is. This made the start of the novella initially confusing. The beginning of the novella was difficult to get into simply because it was confusing. Both in the beginning and later on, I had to listen to a few parts a few times to try to make sure I understood the mechanisms of the time travel as well as what had actually ended up happening in the time drafts. I also had a hard time placing the ages of characters. However, by half way through the novella, I was hooked! I loved each of the characters and they had their own distinct personalities. I specifically found Silas, Peri and the professors (even though they were a bit flat) to be the most well-defined. The plot was engrossing, exciting, and complex, which can be a little difficult in novellas. Having to figure out what was happening wasn’t necessarily a liability as this is a time travel story and in general they can be somewhat inherently confusing. Figuring out the story and the time travel logistics actually made the novella more fun for me.
The narration by January LaVoy was good in general. I’m not sure if she did this on purpose, but one of the characters sounded like a whiny immature individual. I also felt that one of the characters’ voices seemed to change in tone abruptly. Overall, I really enjoyed this novella and I would recommend this novella to anyone who likes time travel stories with a touch of school antics.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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