Title: The Drafter
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles, book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Review copy from publisher
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 on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.
Set in a futuristic Detroit, in the year 2030. The heroine of the story, Peri is a drafter. She has the ability of going back in time, couple of minutes at a time to change the outcome of events, but there is a price to pay. Every time she drafts back in time she loses her memories of the event, she can’t remember what happened. In some cases, she loses more than just the memories of the draft, she loses hours, days or in some selected cases even years.
As a drafter, Peri needs the constant company of an anchor, a person who takes care of her needs and helps her bring her memories back. Without an anchor there is not much she can do to remember what happened. The only problem is that the anchor can also manipulate the memories and make her remember things that didn’t happen, but were convenient for other reasons.
That happened to Peri, her anchor and lover made her lose years of memories and manipulate the new memories he gave her. Things get complicated when a man that works for an illegal organization offers to help her find the truth.
Now Peri doesn’t know who can she trust, the organization she works for or this new player in the game.
I Love Kim Harrison and I love The Hollows series, for that reason I was expecting to like this book as much as I love The Hollows, unfortunately that was not the case.
My biggest problem with this book was that Peri didn’t have any compelling attributes to make her likeable. There was one scene in which Silas tells her something like this: -You did something stupid, knowing it was wrong, without questioning the things that didn’t fit, just not to look stupid to the other people around You. - And that was my problem with her. She did things that didn’t add up and acted very erratic. I know her circumstances were complicated to say the least, but I wish she had been different.
There is an array of secondary characters, but sadly they are all easily forgotten. There is not romance per se because Peri’s love interest betrays her on the very beginning of the story (that’s not a spoiler, it’s on the blurb). There is a reference to a past romance, but nothing else. I didn’t have a problem with the lack of romance because lately I’m not much into romance, so that was fine with me.
Another problem I had with The Drafter is that I didn’t know who was who and who to believe. One person was saying something to Peri and another was saying something contradictory. This instead of creating curiosity in me it made me lose interest in the story.
After I finished reading The Drafter I heard there was a prequel (Sideswipped) in which the players are explained with a backstory. People who read both books recommended reading the prequel first. They said The Drafter makes a lot more sense after reading Sideswipped. Maybe I would have loved it if I had done that, but I didn’t read it and I didn’t love it and if I’m honest I’m not sure I’m invested in the story enough to go back and read it.
Harrison’s writing is a good as always. The world she created is vivid and despite its futuristic qualities very realistic.
Although I didn’t like The Drafter as much as I was hoping it seems I’m a minority. Almost all my other reviewer friends seem to love it. My advice to you is to read it and decide for yourself if you agree with me or not. I really hope you like it more than I did.
I’m not sure if I’ll read the second book. I think I’ll wait to read some reviews to then decide what to do.
My Verdict: 3 Paws
Other books in the series
Sideswipped (Prequel novella)
The Drafter (September 1st)
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