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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Many-Worlds
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742771
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson can’t believe her good fortune: überpopular Grant Davis has asked her to the prom. But her ecstasy is short-lived when she finds herself transported to Aurora, Earth’s parallel universe, by Grant’s analog Thomas to impersonate Princess Juliana. Although Juliana is betrothed to Prince Callum in order to ensure a peaceful union between warring countries Aurora and Farnham, she has disappeared, leaving the treaty in jeopardy. Sasha, Juliana’s analog, must convince the country and her betrothed that she is the real princess—or risk her own safe return to Earth. The first title in the Many Worlds trilogy is a fascinating premise made more so by Jarzab’s use of parallel universe theories of physics. Sasha is spirited into Aurora through the tandem, a force field that moves one analog into another universe. Strange but plausible science weds old-fashioned legends of princesses trapped in towers, along with contemporary teen concerns. It’s a great mix, and fortunately, Jarzab leaves readers with the enticing and reassuring promise, “Not the end; only the beginning.” Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn

About the Author

ANNA JARZAB is the author of two previous novels, All Unquiet Things and The Opposite of Hallelujah. She lives in New York City and works in children’s book publishing. Visit her at annajarzab.com or follow @ajarzab on Twitter.

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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, and Tandem, book 1 in the new Many-Worlds Trilogy. She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at annajarzab.com, follow her on Twitter @ajarzab, and follow her on Tumblr at annajarzab.tumblr.com.

Customer Reviews

Both lead characters are interesting, their stories - engaging.
Evie Seo
Parallel worlds are always a fascinating subject for a science fiction story, and TANDEM uses the concept in a way that creates action and suspense.
Neal Reynolds
The beginning was really good, the end was exciting, the middle bogged down a bit for me.
Becky (NOLA)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Parallel universes, star-crossed lovers, drama, intrigue and treachery - these are just some of the things you'll find in Anna Jarzab's latest YA novel, Tandem. I really enjoyed reading Tandem. It's a well-written, captivating and very entertaining story that will appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy alike. Personally, I think that even though the premise of it is strictly sci fi (travel between parallel realities), overall the book has a more fantasy (even fairytale) feel to it. At the same time, there's enough scientific trivia to keep all science geeks intrigued. Anna Jarzab managed to strike just the perfect balance between these two worlds - science and fantasy - and create something that is just as intellectually stimulating, as it is charming and visually pleasing.

It's not a very fast-paced book, and some readers will inevitably find it too slow for their taste. That doesn't mean that there is no action - trust me, Tandem has plenty of it to offer. It's just that - and that's not a bad thing at all - Anna Jarzab takes time setting the atmosphere, building the world, and weaving in backgrounds. And she does all those subtle things that result in an intricate, complex and completely mesmerizing world. You can't help but fall in love with it.

Both lead characters are interesting, their stories - engaging. I liked Thomas a lot, he made for a great love interest, and he was also a very good friend and bodyguard. Ambitious, dedicated, passionate, hard-working and reliable - he was always there for Sasha, ready to sacrifice his own life to protect her.
There's this one passage describing/comparing Sasha and Juliana that I really love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This was a clean YA read that reminded me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis and The Selection by Kiera Cass. The literature that was quoted and best corresponds to the books themes are: Alice in Wonderland, A Wrinkle in Time, Twelfth Night, The Odyssey. I have read alternate universe books before: by Bryan Davis's Beyond the Reflection's Edge (Echoes from the Edge) Series and Gretchen McNeil's book 3:59, so the trend must have changed from dystopias (Hunger Games Types) to Many-Worlds.

Sasha Lawson lives in Chicago and has had a crush on Grant Davis since elementary school. Her parents died when she was eight and she lives with her grandfather who is a professor of Physics. When Grant unexpectedly asks her to the prom, she is baffled, yet thrilled and has a wonderful time with him until he takes her to be alone on a beach and she wakes up in a different universe.

"There was a part of me that yearned to be plucked out of my everyday life and thrust into some great adventure. My favorite heroine were girls who suddenly found themselves having to live by their wits in a world they didn't quite understand." Well, her wish was granted!

It turns out that Grant isn't really the Grant she grew up with, but an analog of him named Thomas Meyhew. "An analog is a type of double. We all have them; if not in one universe, then in another and in an infinite number of others besides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Friends Are Fiction on November 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Story:
I have read a few multi-universe books this year and have honestly not been overly impressed with the majority of them. I felt that I would love this genre but for some reason it’s left me unsatisfied. Tandem manages to be different than the other books I’ve read mostly due to the other universe being rather varied from this one.

The other universe Sasha gets thrown into had some nice fantasy aspects including castles, queens and kings. I actually really enjoyed this aspect and wasn’t expecting it. This addition gave the book a light fantasy feel rather than science fiction to me. It helped distinguish the two universes from each other and gave the main character a lot of learning to do.

Although I enjoyed the distinction between the universes: I wish I had felt stronger than a general sense of ‘meh’ about Tandem. I loved the cover and wanted to be immersed and gripped by the story but something was missing. I’m not entirely sure which element that was. The story wasn’t overly predictable though I didn’t feel that keen an interest to find out what would happen. For some reason I didn’t feel the tension and though some chapters were titled as a countdown until the big ‘thing’ was going to happen I didn’t feel any stress.

The Characters:
Perhaps, my biggest disconnect was with the characters. I wanted to get behind them and really feel what they were going through but that never really happened. I honestly wasn’t overly concerned with if Sasha made it back to her old life. I sort of kept thinking, why not stay? Having that question really removed any stress for things to be set right.

The romance was rather light and was obvious with who and when it would occur. It wasn’t done poorly but wasn’t incredible either.
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