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Tether (Many-Worlds) Hardcover – March 10, 2015
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This second installment of the Many-Worlds series is another page-turner, with one event after another delaying finding Julianna and many heavy decisions being made. As a bridge novel, it held my interest well and moved the plot along, though I was a bit disappointed to see that we were in for another round of "Where's Waldo" with Julianna. Selene comes off stiff and wooden in contrast to the emotional Sasha, but that's likely done to show the difference in the two identical analogs. The developments are definitely way more complicated than they were in Tandem, and the risks are greater in lots of ways. Sasha is going to have make up her mind about a lot of things, and this novel sets everything up well for a big finish.
One minor issue I have is the continued use of "in Aurora". I know it's nit picky, but if it's an entire world, shouldn't it be "on Aurora" rather than in? Every time I read that phrase, I imagined the characters literally inside the planet. Maybe I've misinterpreted it, but it pulled me out of the story every single time. But beyond that very minor annoyance, I felt that the plot, if fairly predictable, was well-executed and kept me entertained throughout. I'm excited to see where we end up and can easily recommend this novel as a good middle installment in the series.
Drove me nuts that when I checked it out from the library, they did not have a Kindle version, just an EPUB format. So when I went to download the book, it only worked in my library's ebook browser. I put off reading it only because it was hard to access...I had been dying to read this after I finished book one of the series, Tandem. (And that was frustrating because my library didn't offer the first book digitally, so I had to get the physical book, read that, then check out the sequel, and that turned out to be in a frustrating format. Sigh. But once again, I digress, as that had nothing to do with the actual content of the book.
Which I loved.
Jarzab makes these stunningly beautiful covers, and her text is marked with quotes and pictures of the different worlds: they are mini works of art. I don't care what people say; we all judge a book by its cover. The blurb may sound exciting, but if it looks like a 12 year old with Adobe made the cover, or someone with the skills of a 1990s special effects tech, then you're just not really drawn to the book. And you kind of have to be drawn to the book to want to read it. The cover is the author's attempt to scream, "Hey, I know there's a ton of other books you could be reading, but forget all those and read mine!" And it works. How many lists are dedicated on Goodreads just to books with beautiful covers? The book may end up sucking, but the author pulled you in, and you read their book. Mission accomplished.
So with saying that, Jarzab really made the Many-World's Trilogy appealing. And it is awesome.
In this second book, Sasha goes back to Aurora for Thomas. Life is just empty without him, and every time she looks at his analog's face (if you don't know the terminology, see reviews for book one), she sees the boy she left behind, dying on the prison cell floor. Sasha is also plagued by visions not from Juliana, but a third analog from a separate universe. She needs to sever ties with her parallel selves, so through the advice of a doctor who worked with her parents, she crosses through to Aurora. And she comes face to face with Selene, an analog from Tiaga, a planet dying and in need of all three of the girls: Sasha, Selene, and Juliana. However, Selene seems to have power that cannot be explained and a strong determination to get them all back to her home planet.
Can Sasha trust a girl that bears her face, but may have hidden intentions? Will she really be helping to save Selene's world, or is something more insidious at play here? And does the boy she left behind still feel the same as he did: does Thomas still think of Sasha, or has he moved on?
All these questions and more will be answered....well, not all of them. Unfortunately this book is a second in a series of three, and the third has yet to be released at the time of this review. So the waiting game again.
How many series's have I started? I feel like I am always waiting for another book to come out! Argh! I am so tired of waiting for the next installment, and then by the time the book is released I forget 75% of the plot...since I'm not obviously in a reading stasis until the next book comes out. I would say it's frustrating, but I am loving this like I loved The Lunar Chronicles, and I had to wait for several books in that series as well.
I guess good things come to those who wait...and everything good is worth waiting for...and any other platitude that you can come up with. In the end, the result is the same: the final installment is going to have to wait, at least until I can get my eager hands on a copy.
So I sit. And the wait begins.
Tether is suffering from second book slump. I liked it but I can't say that I'm head-over-heels for it. The beginning starts out strong but somewhere around the middle I became bored and had to push myself to finish it. One of the most confusing things is that it is written from four different POVs. That's right, you heard me. Four. I've seen the multiple perspectives work before like in The Song of Ice and Fire series, but not in this case. All of the voices sound too similar and I found myself confusing Thomas and Sasha at times. All of the problems I had with the first novel continued on into this book and became worse. All in all, I don't regret reading it but I can't say that I'm in love either.
Full Review: http://brittanysbookrambles.blogspot.com/2014/11/tether-many-worlds-2-by-anna-jarzab-arc.html