Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Series: Many Worlds #1
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
TANDEM was…okay. I still have yet to read Jarzab’s other novels, but I have heard great things about her The Opposite of Hallelujah. However, TANDEM just did not read like a seasoned author’s book, the writing was a bit choppy and hard to follow.
Ah, parallel universes. They are starting to pop up more and more in YA nowadays, and I have to say that the best book that has tackled this the best was PIVOT POINT by Kasie West. While TANDEM had a fantastic premise, it was weighed down by poor execution.
With changing POVs, settings, and even universes that were not clearly divided or announced, this book made me wrinkle my forehead more than a few times. Who was who and what was what?
It was an interesting plot, just hard to follow.
The writing in TANDEM made things even more difficult to understand because a good portion of it was all tell, no show. (She did this, he did this, they moved here, etc) It got pretty bland after awhile.
Still, TANDEM kept me reading. It does tell an interesting story, albeit one that is hard to wrap your head around, but I can definitely see this series going somewhere. If you are a sci-fi fan I would suggest giving this one a try.