September 9, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
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.
Special thanks to Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Tandem will arrive in stores October 8th, 2013.
Imagine being betrayed by someone you thought you could trust. Imagine being transported to a a parallel universe. Now, imagine being told you’re a princess in that parallel universe.
Well, Sasha’s about to experience all 3 of those things.
What I thought was really great about this book was that there wass always something going on and something is always happening; the characters were planning, thinking, running, and learning each chapter. I also liked how all of the universes were explained. One scene that really stands out for me in Tandem is the scene where Dr. Moss (one of my favorite characters) is showing Sasha a tetractys, an ancient mathematical symbol, representing universes. Dr. Moss talks about how many different universes could exist and the degrees of separation between them. He talks about how there could be changes in universes as simple as the color of someones tie, to a universe that’s so different the whole world’s scape is different. I thought the scene was pretty cool to read and showed how much research the author must have put into this book.
Also, did I mention that this parallel universe has the aurora borealis (or, as that universe calls it, the aurora universalis) dancing across the sky all the time? How beautiful would that be?
Cynical Cindy Says
This book alternates between three points of view (POV), two POVs in first person and one POV in third-person. For me, that seemed to make the story feel disjointed and messy, though it may not bother others.
I am very, very curious to see where Tether, the next book in the Many-Worlds trilogy goes, and I know that it’s going to be one of my most anticipated releases of 2014! What’s going to happen after that major cliffhanger Tandem left us with? Hmm…maybe I can visit a parallel world where Tether‘s already been released…