Author: Anna Jarzab
Series: (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1)
Published: October 8th 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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 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.

Review: It was an interesting turn of event. I liked Tandem by Anna Jarzab. Like a lot. It was really unexpected, after all, the plot wasn’t really all that original to me; and this isn’t really something the greatly interest me. But I went in and hoped for the best and you know what, sometimes it pays off being optimistic. I got a book that I really enjoyed. It wasn’t entirely mind blowing but oh boy, did this entertain me.

Just like my experience with this book, it was unexpected when Grant asked Sasha to prom. But little did she know that boy wasn’t the real one. He is his analog—a replica from a parallel world and just like him, she has one too: a princess. But parallel universe is something only she heard from her grandfather who is a theoretical physicist. She thinks that these are unreal and unproven and that hinders her from believing. But it’s hard to deny it when things are happening right in front of her. In order to go back to her real home, she now has to pose as the missing princess and she needs to be believable. But that’s the least of their problem with the ongoing retaliation and conspiracy happening inside the monarchy, they sure have a lot of things to do. And they have seven days to make things right again.

It was really entertaining from the very beginning. I liked the consistency of the pace, although I didn’t feel that they were under a pressure. I would’ve liked if I can sense the urgency of things, and that what they were doing was really crucial. But what I’m really thankful for is that Sasha didn’t forget about herself. Sasha posing as Juliana is a means to an end and not the entire plot. I hate when this device eclipsed the real story. And when a person poses as someone (plus the fact that they are force into the position) they sort of forget who they really are. Sasha knew that this was temporary and she hasn’t lost her real identity.

The romance was nicely done too; although I liked Prince Callum a whole lot better than Thomas. And even if the blurb tells that she was torn between ‘two young men vying for her love,’ it was pretty obvious who she really liked. I’m still not losing hope though; I liked Callum for he’s so kind and sweet. He helped her solved the cryptic message of the king. He’s nice and fragile, being trapped with his overprotective parent, having no freedom to make his own choice. I really want him to be free to make his own decisions. Oh gosh, I care for this boy a lot.

It wasn’t entirely a science-fiction theme as it has a little bit of paranormal thing going on with Sasha being connected with Julianna. This helped them determined what really happened to her and who was responsible for her abduction. I wasn’t really surprise who they were and I wouldn’t be if I found out the other people that connected to it. I have a strong feeling that my theory is correct. I’m also curious on how Sasha will help Thomas now that her situation made it difficult for her to do that. I can’t wait to read what’s coming next. 😉

Preview Quote: “I didn’t want to scare that all away by calling his attention back to the situation at hand, but there wasn’t a choice. We had to move forward—I had to, if I was ever going to get home”  Sasha