Author: Kathryn Berla
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site, her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?
What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana, privileged Tatyana, and on-the-run Tanya—to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.
With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.
Ricochet by Kathryn Berla is a young adult science fiction fantasy standalone novel. The story in Ricochet is told in rotating chapters between multiple points of view, four in total of Tati, Ana, Tanya, and Tatiana.
Ricochet tackles the concept of parallel lives in multiple universes. One of the girls has suffered from seizures her whole life and sees a tunnel. Tati decides to send in her DNA and gets an inconclusive result so she wonders if that has anything to do with her seizures that have never been explained. Eventually Tati’s vision in the tunnel changes when she sees another girl.
I think it’s probably pretty understandable to anyone that when you have multiple characters to keep track of it’s not easy to distinguish them right away in a normal situation. This book then gives them names like Tati, Ana, Tanya, and Tatiana on top of that and you should see my dilemma. The simple idea of multiple universes coexisting makes sense to me in theory so I didn’t think that would also make this one a confusing read but the story added in on top of the characters I was following really never resonated with me. So when I added everything up in the end this one only rated two and a half stars, it had an interesting idea but just not executed in a way that I loved.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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