Title: The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Kim Harrison
Genre: Thriller/ Suspense, Sci/Fi
Synopsis: 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 is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?
Why I liked it: I absolutely love the idea. Taking place in a future society, Peri has the ability to draft or rewrite history. The only problem is that it’s not always something that she can control, and she doesn’t remember either timelines. She relies on an anchor to help her fill in the gaps, and sometimes those anchors lie. When it looks like her organization is going to betray her, she realizes that she’s not sure which side she’s supposed to be on. I love the idea of blurred lines of good and evil. The plot is different. Original. Almost all the characters are keeping secrets, and the reader has to decide who they can trust. Kim Harrison loves her plot twists, though, so as the series continues, I’m sure I’m going to love characters that I learned to hate and vice versa.
Why I didn’t like it: I don’t want to say that it’s a bad thing, but the book is really technical right off the bat. I had to really push through the first chapter before I could figure out what was going on. Once I got going though, things really fell into place. It took me a little time to get used to the fact that she doesn’t always remember what happens even though we, as the reader, just saw it happen. Also, there is a LOT of back and forth. She’s with the good guys. She’s with the bad guys. It makes for more suspense, but I would have liked some more quality time between Peri and Silas.
Who will like it: The first wave of people who probably picked it up were the fans of her Rachel Morgan Hollows books. There are similarities. Characters have different abilities, and it’s hard to figure out who is good and who is evil. Like Rachel, Peri is another strong female character who doesn’t let the obstacles in her life slow her down. I’d say that if you’re looking for a sci-fi series to sink your teeth into, this could be it! The futuristic setting is still modern enough to be recognizable, so even non-hardcore science fiction lovers will enjoy it.
General Warning: Like her Rachel Morgan Hollows books, it looks like the main character’s love life is going to fluctuate. If you’re looking for a simple romance, this book is not for you.
What other people are saying: Average review: Four stars (347 reviews).