by Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #0.5
Genres: Science Fiction
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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
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