Tandem: The Many-Worlds Trilogy, Book I

Author: Anna Jarzab
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 8, 2013

Book Rating: 4/5

Bottom Line: Paralell Worlds and a Love Story Make the Story.

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Publisher’s Description
Everything repeats.
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 believes she’s someone she’s not.  

Book Review

The parallel universe story is always intriguing on it’s own – and what girl wouldn’t want to fill in for the princess-version of herself. Well, this would be the one not to want. Sasha is ripped out of her own world, by someone she was falling for, and that portion didn’t make much sense to me. Yes, it helped with the love story in the book, but didn’t make sense in the actual storyline – there shouldn’t have been time to befriend, go on a date, etc., in the midst of a chaotic time in the parallel world.

The mystery of the princess’s father and his words was intriguing – I wanted it to be a puzzle I could solve, and was thankful when a character was able to pick up on what was going on. Being a “princess” and having to learn to fill in for someone else, having visions of that other persons life, it could have gotten tedious, but luckily this story did not reach that point and I’m eager to continue on with the series and see where these worlds take us.

Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewer: Jessica