The Drafter

The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1

I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison. While, I have not finished the Hollows series (yet!), that series got me into Urban Fantasy. I will be forever grateful for that. This book has gotten A LOT of mixed reviews, and I think the problem is that it veers sooo far from the Hollows series. It is Science Fiction, not Urban Fantasy, and Peri Reed is not Rachel Morgan. If you are expecting them to be similar you will be disappointed.

The premise of this book is amazing. Drafters are able to rewrite time for a very short amount of time, usually ranging from a few seconds to maybe a minute. However, Drafters are left with both possible timelines in their mind until their Anchor is able to reconcile a normal timeline. It can be very complicated. Especially, if more and more time gets erased, and if the Anchor can rewrite memories or create entirely new ones.

Peri is thrown when she finds a list of corrupt agents in Opti, and her name is on the list. She needs to get to the bottom of it and figure out who is bad and who isn't. However, it's difficult when the person she is supposed to trust has the ability to recreate her memories. What if everything she knows never happened? What if Opti isn't what it's supposed to be? Who can she trust, and how will she know to if she can't trust her own mind?

I kept second guessing everything. Peri is fantastically strong, and not just because she is a bad ass secret agent. I don't know if I could handle half of the stuff she does mentally. You are supposed to be thrown off and just as confused as Peri, which I find riveting. While, the book can be very confusing, I think Harrison does a great job of trying to keep a coherent timeline without giving too much information to the reader that Peri is supposed to come across on her own. I had no idea how the book would end, and I was still shocked with where everything ended up. I don't think I could have predicted any of it.

Overall, very well done and any fan of Kim Harrison will enjoy it if they give it a chance to stand on its own.

Book Blurb for The Drafter

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?

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 5.00