Friday, 24 May 2013


Contemporary and sci-fi rolled into one.... a worthy check out don't you think..... Presenting Parallel by Lauren Miller.

Here is the summary of the book:

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.

Book with the brains to support and such a beautiful cover to boot too. By and large a contemporary with the major branch of sci-fi and sometimes philosophical twists that play a tug-of-war of balance throughout this book. Parallel dimensions and its existence & the idea of 'destiny' and 'fate' are highly layered and play a major part in the life of the characters. This book has the potentials of being a great read..... thats guaranteed for sure.

When scientists ponder about and lay out all those complex equations to calculate such matter.... as a student  of science and a certified geek I am. i have a mind to spout out all of that ....fairly all those complex theories and statistics related to time and matter of past, present and future.... but I will loose  readers halfway and the sole purpose of the review will be dead..... so carrying on..... Time is a non-linear affair..... there is enough truth in the travels of that blue police box (*wink*) to know that one single change of decision at present can spark a whole new future. And I believe that parallel dimensions do exists depicting that said change between here and there (wonder what my parallel self would be like *sighs*).

And sometimes these parallel dimensions can collide joining together where the decisions made "there" super-imposes the ones made "here" and you wouldn't even know the difference. Although that's where the story begins. This is the story of Abby Barnes who  by fluke or what, remembers every decisions she takes "there" and tries to understand what all this means with the help of her friend Caitlin. Trying to do everything to get out of the shadow of her parallel self and get her life back to the way it was back on the Hollywood scene and not in a dorm at Yale.

Come to think there is very little, I would almost say that 3% of sci-fi is in this book. Propelling the contemporary along. Smart choice and brilliant thinking by author Lauren Miller. Even the chapters are skillfully labelled "here" and "there" to alternate the two worlds. It actually took me sometimes to get around it and get used to the brilliance of it..... and I did end up enjoying it very much. Abby and Caitlin were pretty much the only constant characters throughout, strong, determined, fragile, ready to jump the problem and make a difference, fitting the decisions of their parallel selves together..... pretty much everyday tale spiked with a hint of science fiction.

I did like the fact that they did not give in to their parallel selves' decisions and worked to retain their own life and damn well achieving it with Earth-shattering-star-blazing results. Good piece of writing...and it is my humble request that you guys give this book by the amazing Lauren Miller a chance.... I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

"Its exciting, a certain level of uncertainty and of decisions of cosmic consequences...... Lauren Miller has produced a fresh of the mill tale that is sure to entice you in its many folds"

Genre :      Young Adult, Contemporary, Sci-fi

Publisher: HarperTeen

My Copy Publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)


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