Sideswiped by Kim Harrison

August 20th, 2015 Kimberly Review 74 Comments

20th Aug
Sideswiped by Kim Harrison
by Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison, out September 1. Every hero, even the accidental ones, have a beginning. Silas’s 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 novella Sideswiped by Kim Harrison introduces us to the characters and world of her new series the Peri Reed Chronicles. This science fiction suspense thriller sheds light on the concept of drafting. A small percentage of the population has the ability to move back briefly in time. Other humans can act as an anchor preventing the drafter from becoming trapped.

Sideswiped takes the reader back five years before The Drafter begins and introduces us to key players. They are all brilliant college students in their senior year and preparing for final exams. One of those tests involves a mission to retrieve an item in a real-world environment. Told from the perspective of Silas we learn about the characters, witness their test and see them band together to change the outcome. We have also introduced to Peri Reed a freshman and she makes a grand entrance which left me with many questions I hope will be answered in the series.

Harrison was clever allowing Silas to tell us their story; He shared his relationships with his fellow students and introduced us to Peri Reed the main character of The Drafter. The idea of drafting, anchors and the technology are briefly described teasing the reader with tantalizing tidbits. We learn that upon graduation they will have careers as drafters or anchors working for the government. Silas is already a doctor and is working on his thesis. His theory is that drafters are actual shifting sideways in time to alternate versions of reality and not going back in time as the scientist believe.

Events that occur in Sideswiped clearly have a strong impact on Silas, Perri, and their friends. A stranger named Fran introduced near the end hints that there is an alternate path for their careers.It gave me a sense of sides being drawn and I am excited to see what develops.

While I have a million questions, Sideswiped left me excited for The Drafter. If you are like me and love the backstory then I recommend picking up Sideswiped before you begin the Drafter.

For fans of the Hollows, the Peri Chronicles has a very different vibe but with Harrison at the wheel, I am buckled and ready to go. Sideswhiped does include a sample of The Drafter.

The Peri Reed Chronicles

You can pick up Sideswhiped for .99 cents or 3.30 on audio for a limited time:

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74 Responses to “Sideswiped by Kim Harrison”

  1. Tika

    Would it matter if I read this, or the drafter first? I know that with some novellas, reading them first can really set things up for when you read the first novel, so what do you think is best?

  2. Sarah

    Huh. Haven’t really read anything by Harrison (yet) but I love that she’s venturing into science fiction!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I picked up this one but haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m so very anxious to see what Harrison does with something new though. Glad you enjoyed your introduction to drafting. I do hope The Drafter answers your questions and leaves you (and me) wanting more! 🙂

  4. Melanie Simmons

    I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed this. The only thing I’ve read from Kim Harrison is The Hollows series. I haven’t tried her YA series. I have no idea if I will like her other stories.

  5. Lorna

    I just went and bought it! Great review and I will probably want to read Drafter as well. Thank you!

  6. A Voracious Reader

    Hmmm…not a huge fan of time travel anymore, but this sounds interesting. I’m gonna put it on the TBR. Maybe I’ll get to it someday. But if I do, I’m definitely reading it before The Drafter. Thanks, Kimba!

  7. Tracy Terry

    Whilst not a fan of the novella I do like this author – luckily a good friend of mine buys all of her books and passes them on to me – so I’m looking forward to reading Sideswiped.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tend to skip them myself Tracy, but received this through publisher. After reading the Drafter I would strongly recommend grabbing this first..I really wonder if folks will be a little lost without it.

  8. Wattle

    This one has piqued my interest (even if Amazon is geoblocking me and not allowing me to buy it!) I’ll definitely have to keep it in mind to read it before the first novel when it’s out here 🙂

  9. Kristin

    You, Christy, and Felicia have me sold on reading this before “Drafter”!!! My hubs is gonna kick my butt this week 😉

  10. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    Thanks for the recommendation on this one. I hadn’t realized there was a prequel so I picked this up (at less than a buck who could resist) and I devoured it before starting The Drafter. I am so curious to see where this series goes. These are my first Harrison reads:)

  11. Jeann

    Oooh I love the premise for this new series – thanks for sharing with us! I’d love to follow along with her new one especially with the sci-fi stuff in here.

  12. laura thomas

    I’m waiting for The Drafter to arrive in my mailbox. Are the covers for these books not spectacular. This is going to be an amazing series!

  13. Sophia Rose

    I like the idea of a sci-fi thriller. The novella sounds like a good teaser for the series. I’ll have to catch the sale. Thanks!

  14. Katherine

    She’s a new to me author but this sounds really great! I’ve been watching older NCIS episodes lately and they’ve got a lot of dealings with the CIA and international arms dealers and undercover investigations that has me in the mood for this kind of book.

  15. Melliane

    I have book 1 but I haven’t read it yet, tought I’m really curious about it because it sounds really interesting!

  16. Candace

    I will read anything Kim writes and this series is definitely one I’ll have to read one of these days. Starting with the prequel novella sounds like a good plan to me!

  17. ShootingStarsMag

    That’s great that this novella/prequel made you even more ready to read the first book in the series! I wonder if things will still make sense in The Drafter if you DON’T read this first?

    Thanks for the review!

  18. Ramona

    I’m pretty sure I read her at some point, but not this series. It sounds well plotted and very interesting. Great review, Kimba 🙂

  19. Debbie Haupt

    Thanks Kim, great review. My copy of The Drafter just arrived in the mail and I’m scrambling to rearrange my schedules to move it to the top of the pile, and now after reading this it’s just climbed another rung or two 😉

  20. kindlemom1

    I’m not huge into sci fi reads for some reason (although I love tv shows, weird, I know!) but I really do want to start this series. It just looks so interesting and I have come to love this author!

  21. Stormi

    I am curious about this one and I got The Drafter for review so I picked this one up the other day and can’t wait to try it.

  22. Nick

    I’ve never read an adult book by this author, but I’ve wanted to. I don’t normally read novellas, but this one sounds like it does a good job getting you excited for the next book.

  23. Jenny

    I need to check this series out Kim! Though I never made it all the way through her other series (I can’t deal with character deaths!), I loved her writing and really want to give this novella and the first book a try:)

  24. Tanya

    Ah! A prequel! I will probably pick this one up before The Drafter. I’m nervous about this series since I loved Rachel Morgan so much.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really recommend that you read this first Tanya. I just finished the Drafter and think maybe I would have been a little lost in the beginning without it.

  25. ailyn

    woo cool story, I have to say that those dust particles look like wings if you are peering into it

  26. Christy

    Now that I’ve started reading The Drafter, I’m SO glad I read Sideswiped first. So, so glad. And it definitely had me loving the characters already.

      • Christy

        I read some of the prologue before I read Sideswiped, and definitely had a wtf feeling. Just reading it now, I can see where I would’ve been lost if I hadn’t.