In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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?
Peri Reed, the heroine of this entertaining but preposterous near-future SF thriller from bestseller Harrison (The Witch with No Name), is a "drafter," a spy-like operative with the ability to rewrite short moments in time. Peri must rely on an "anchor," a person who helps her mentally integrate her newly created history without going crazy. Trouble arises when Peri finds she can't trust her current anchor (and boyfriend). Her personality begins to fragment during a mission to recover a list of corrupt operatives within Opti, the time-altering governmental organization she works for, and she must find a way to reintegrate while on the run. Opti is opposed by the Alliance, former Opti agents who believe Opti has gone rogue. Both organizations and Peri cheerily employ any means to achieve what they consider a desirable end, such as using a virus to limit air pollution. Harrison delivers moments of lyrical intensity when the time lines Peri is "drafting" consolidate into a new reality, but the lack of logic and a goofy plot dissipate the tension.
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A new genre, but the same solid writing & top of the line characters
Harrison's precursor short story is excellent and I can't recommend it highly enough. I have finally found time to read the novel this weekend. And it shines just as brightly. This is a thriller on simmer. A stage is set in the now, but bit by bit we also are told the past. And just as she demonstrated in her Hollows series she has no trouble adroitly juggling the different skeins of yarn in her hands.
If you like thrillers with a SF twist, a cast of characters, and an ongoing story read this.
This book could have been at least 150 pages shorter. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I quit caring about Peri Reed and wanted to just finish the book.
I'm a huge Kim Harrison fan and had no idea she'd written a new series until I read about it on another forum. Poor advertising by the publisher should not deter you from picking up this book. Kim always writes strong female characters and Peri Reed is fantastic. The whole premise of the novel was wonderful and I couldn't put it down. This book is not the Hollows, but you can see the threads that tell you it has the same spirit and fully realized characters.