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YA Sci-Fi Early Review: Parallel by Lauren Miller

Parallel by Lauren Miller


Egalley thanks to HarperTeen

Synopsis from Goodreads
Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.


Release date: May 14th 2013.

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9.5/10

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 Well, I refuse to call this book anything less than amazing. At the same time it's so convoluted, Lauren Miller must have had a room full of charts on the walls so she won't get confused. I certainly felt like I needed charts.



Abby's life as we know it is split on her 18th birthday. One night she goes to sleep with her head full of her fellow actor and her movie lines in L.A., the next thing she knows she wakes up in a dorm room in Yale with no recollection of the last year's version of her friends.

I don't even know how to explain it, but by a series of earthquakes around the world which happened in a parallel world to ours, that world collides with us, and the lives of our doubles and their decisions which may vary from ours super imposed on our memories. So we essentially became them. 

Only Abby is a fluke. She remembers her life one way, but one slight different decision making of her parallel self in this world in her senior year in school turns her life as it is now in a completely different direction.

Now her double's actions from the last year slowly drip into her dreams and every decision her parallel self makes introduces a completely different present for Abby when she wakes up. It's terrifying, heart-breaking and most of the time Abby feels like the universe conspires against her, and only her best friend Caitlin knows what's happening.

This is a gripping and fascinating book,  which for once ended so abruptly I was bemoaning the fact the it is a standalone. Fabulous read, very much recommended!

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Ни фига себе книга! Вот это Лорен Миллер отвалила научно-фантастический роман о параллельных мирах. Я в полном восторге, дамы и госрода! Это надо ЧИТАТЬ!

Сейчас попытаюсь объяснить.

Абби засыпает в Лос-Анджелесе на съёмке фильма на свой восемнадцатый день рождения, а просыпается в своей комнате в Йелле и как выясняется весь прошедший год её воспоминания совершенно не соответствуют действительности.

Как оказывается, паралельный мир нашему сталкивается с нами, и все наши воспоминания стираются воспоминаниями наших дублей и с этого дня они начинают принимать решения за нас.

Только вот Абби оказывается единственной, чьи воспоминания никуда не ушли, зато у неё нет воспоминий её дубля за последний год. Они возвращаются к ней во снах, но каждый раз когда она просыпается, её реальность меняется соответственно увиденному и влияет на её решения в настоящем.

Абби - единственная кто понимает, что происходит и иногда за неё разрывается сердце, иногда за неё страшно, а иногда хорошо показан эффект решения её дубля оказывают на будущее девушки.

Я жутко разочаровалась, что концовка оказалась внезапной и сюжет оборвался на самом интересном месте. Ну почему когда хочется продолжения, книга оказывается не серийной?! Жалко очень.
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