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Re-Read 10/1/16 in prep for book 2.
I usually don't do re-reads for new releases, but this one rather screams the need. A lot goes on, and there are so many twists and turns in the plot that it really is a nightmare of interpersonal horrors. :) It doesn't help that this level of mindfuckery is sanctioned at the highest levels, or that Peri becomes quite this victimized.
The end kinda justifies the means, but it's really quite a shame that she had to go through so much just to do what is right and not even know it. So the real question is: Does the end really justify the means
I can't answer that. It's really kinda difficult in this novel.
Plus, theres the whole other way to read this novel, too, beyond all the espionage and moral and ethical dilemmas. We could read this as a statement about how men treat women, writ very large and horrifyingly. If it wasn't a woman writing it, or that the main character wasn't a woman, it might read as a man's wet dream. Just think. What man wouldn't love to be able to lie to a woman with perfect impunity about anything he wanted because he could just force her to forget the whole sequence and give her any false memories he wanted
Well. Besides me. But if the man is a real asshole, as so many of the men in this novel seem to be, then it's just a dream come true for them. And I wanted Peri to go all out and destroy them.
But that was just me. :)
The ending isn't quite as satisfying as I'd like, although there is a happy ending. It's not as great as I'd want probably because it's also a book one out of many. We can't wrap up everything.
Still, quite enjoyable, quite scary, and a good opener for a series. :)
"For what", you ask
For the line of betrayals, lost memories, altered timelines, and secondarily, who is faking love and who really feels it. But mostly, we need diagrams for the betrayals. I really got caught up in the heavily claustrophobic feel of the text and being stuck in poor Peri's world.
At first, I was struck by how much similarity there was between this novel and the horrible mess that was the Interland Security and the F.I.B. from the Hollows, letting the intrigue grow up and blossom into something that Harrison could never really get away with without losing the thread and the threats in her other excellent series. And then I was blown away at how absolutely complicated and convoluted this new series could really get.
Plot Oh yes, this one is very plot-heavy. It also has a fantastic benefit/disadvantage ruleset for Drafting, never letting us envy the drafters despite their ability to redo moments of their life to find a better outcome. I mean, how good can it be if you forget both timelines after using it
And then there are the Anchors, those interesting uber-powerful psychologists that have the ability help drafters recall what was lost after using their powers. Can you smell a setup for abuse
You have no idea.
That's why I Need Diagrams.
It's either that, or I'll have to re-read the novel right before the second comes out. There's simply a LOT going on and I'm impressed. The novel is a deep exploration of the handful of rules set up at the very beginning, twisting and turning us around inside so much memory loss and intrigue that I would have sworn this was a spy-fic, only spies don't get shafted nearly THIS MUCH. Do I pity Peri Yes. Do I want to see her unravel the horribly knotted mess of her life Yes. Do I get this really sneaking suspicion that if she does this One Thing, she's going to immediately quit being everyone's doormat and kick some absolutely serious ass afterward Oh hell yes.
It's the reason I read Harrison, after all. She always builds up some awesome stories and then slams them out of the park. The satisfaction quotient on this novel doesn't sit where I truly want it, but that's okay because I trust the author and know she's building to something really grand.
That's not to say the novel wasn't enjoyable on it's own, because it was. It just didn't explode the way I know Harrison's works have been known to do.
And in all honesty, even the Hollows series didn't truly begin exploding until a few novels in. They were good, but not the level of great that I now expect.
For this novel though, I have a very good opinion on how it's going and a pretty good estimate on how big the explosion is going to be.
I CAN'T WAIT. :)
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.
Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.
When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.