My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
POV: 1st person & female
Genres & Themes: YA, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Time-Travel, Secrets.
Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.
Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.
But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
My main problem with this story was seeing and feeling how important and present Simon (main character’s love interest) was in the story.
He was everywhere.
Since I didn’t like him very much and found him quite stereotyped and banal, that became a real problem for me to enjoy the reading experience.
Del is not a weak main character but she definitely is careless and doesn’t think very further in the future when making decisions. It brings her much trouble that could’ve been avoided (yet there needs to be a plotline, right?)
There is what we can call a love-triangle but it—what a strange thing to say—doesn’t last much. It’s like the author didn’t mean to create one but it inadvertently created itself. It wasn’t heavy nor necessary. Quite useless to be honest.
Such a shame that Del and her sister, Addie, don’t share the kind of admirable sister bond that would make you smile. Addie is not a rule breaker, unlike Del. On the contrary actually, she would even expose her sister to the Consort without much thought. I mean, come on, she’s your sister and you know Del would never do that to you!
This is a massive book, approx 500 pages of length, but it doesn’t feel like it as for the pacing. It was face-paced and thank God because I would have DNFed this one if that wasn’t the case. While it was fast-paced and the pages did fly by, I found the plot very boring and it seemed to me like it was mostly going round and round. Not much actually happened.
Indeed, the plotline was very weak and its biggest weakness was the lack of secondary unique characters and chemistry between those that were present. I’ve no idea who Del really is, except that she has a sister, is in love with Simon and likes her grandfather, Monty (what an unusual name.)
Since I brought the grandfather subject up, is he really one—metaphorically speaking? I mean, he didn’t feel like one. The author didn’t describe him like a true grandfather to us. In fact, the author didn’t seem to care very much about characterization since there was so much lack of it. What she seemed to focus the most on was the world-building.
The complex, detailed but also very confusing world-building. I did like its originality and how the main concept was special but the execution wasn’t great. There were so many words related to the world and, since like I said not much happened, the descriptions felt flat and like info dumps.
Would you ask me if I would read the sequel I would be very thorned. While I did like the premise and where it seems to be going enough, everything around it makes me retreat; the main character, the love interest, Addie, the Consort, the lack of characterization, etc. I guess what I enjoyed the most was the pacing and the concept of the world-building which is sad because there was so much possibility with this kind of subject (alternative worlds.)
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