Series: Many-Worlds Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Alas, another mediocre and disappointing novel. I sometimes want to believe that I just generally expect too much from books. But seriously. How on earth do you make light of a book that had a stupid and painful protagonist, predictable story line, poor world building, ridiculous romance and pretty much no plot progression? Answer: you can’t.
The Main Character:
Most crappy books are crappy because they have crappy lead characters. Tandem, was definitely not an exception. It was raining heavily a few minutes ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Sasha bawling her eyes out. Again. Yes, that’s right. Sasha is a freaking cry baby. Every ten pages, she’s in tears for no good reason. Crying because she wants to go home, crying because life is just not fair. I get it okay, you want to have your life back but crying EVERY 10 pages is going to get you NOWHERE. Fine. Sob once or twice. That’s reasonable. But more than 2 times a day is plain stupid, girl. Not only did I hate Sasha’s constant wailing, she was also idiotic. You were kidnapped into a world you have never seen before, you are confused. A good idea would to just listen to your captor instead of rebelling and running around directionless like you’ve lost your head. In most cases, you’re going to get hurt. Summary: no common sense, stupid and overly emotional.
Where arth thou plot? Apart from what the synopsis includes we don’t get too much more into it. I was bored. I wanted to DNF this because nothing interesting was occurring in the middle. This is an overview of what happens: a girl is thrown into a parallel universe where she is told that she must pretend to be a posh princess (because of course, she looks identical to her) and marry the prince in order to save the world. But she doesn’t want to (duh) and just sobs all day wanting to go home. However soon she falls in love with her captor (*cough* Stockholm Syndrome *cough*) oh but wait! The prince is equally as handsome. While she is still in love with her captor that she just met a few days ago, she does hint interest towards the prince. So…if you love the sound of this, please read this book! I won’t tell you otherwise. But if like me and you think that this actually sounds pretty horrible, I recommend you refrain.
Basically, instant love. Sasha is kidnapped by some guy who she did not know too well and hates him for betraying her. Within 6 days, he’s all she thinks about. TYPICAL MUCH. Then we have a slight love triangle between Callum, Thomas and Sasha. This is a universal motif or something these days. The chick falls for someone who she isn’t meant to and even shows interest in the prince. *rolls eyes*
The World Building:
Like dystopian novels, world building is vital in parallel universe novels. While we get some science behind how to travel between universes, but what about the political details? Tandem has a heavy focus on the political aspect but my idea of it wasn’t clear at all, resulting in me feeling even more disconnected from the story.
Not a very convincing novel. I do not think that I will be continuing with this series unless some of my trusted friends find it better than this one.
~Thank you Random House Australia for sending me this copy!~
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