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.
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 448
Reviewed Ellie, age 16
This book doesn’t come out to the public until October 8th, and for all you without access to an advanced copy…I’m so sorry, because this book is fabulous.
First of all, it is about parallel universes, so it is instantly cool. Add in an awesome heroine, a very attractive and capable solider, and a whole bunch of secrets… you now have the awesomeness that is Tandem by Anna Jarzab.
Sasha Lawson is an orphan who lives with her physicist grandfather. Used to the quiet life, Sasha’s life is thrown upside down when she is kidnapped by Thomas, a solider from Aurora, a country in a parallel universe. Forced to impersonate Aurora’s missing princess, Sasha has to deal with politics, mysteries, secrets from her past, and a forbidden romance.
I absolutely loved Sasha. She is one of the first YA heroines that I’ve read about in a while that acts realistically. I related to her easily and found her to be both funny and entertaining while also maintaining her intelligence and bravery. She was a fabulous main character. (Speaking of main characters: the aforementioned solider Thomas is awesome as well. He is the perfect combination of severity, compassion, intelligence, attractiveness, and humor. I love him dearly.)
I also enjoyed the worldbuilding of the parallel universe that Sasha is thrust into. Jarzab does a remarkable job in creating a place that is both similar and different from our world. With it’s own lingo, history, and technology, Aurora is a fascinating place that I enjoyed reading about.
Finally, I would like to rejoice the fact that the romance in this book is not insta-love! Huzzah! The relationships in this book are fabulous, developing at just the right pace, something I can’t say for too many YA books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys soft Sci-Fi or just enjoys a good YA book.
This book hits shelves in October of 2013!
Ellie, age 16
Ellie, age 16