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by Anna Jarzab

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Read the book that Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND trilogy called, "A fascinating world of parallel universes, sexy doppelgangers, and breathtaking action. Such a fun and addictive read!"

 A captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds.

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend

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Read the book that Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND trilogy called, "A fascinating world of parallel universes, sexy doppelgangers, and breathtaking action. Such a fun and addictive read!"

 A captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds.

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds, many lives—infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds, inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real—until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love—one who knows her secret, and one who believes she's someone she's not.  

"Clever and exhilarating—each page is a pleasure."—Ally Condie, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Matched

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Gr 7 Up—Sasha Lawson, 16, is pleasantly surprised to be asked to the prom by her longtime crush, Grant Davis. Things aren't always what they seem, though, as it turns out that Grant is actually Thomas Mayhew, a soldier from a parallel universe. He has taken Sasha to his world, Aurora, so that she can prevent war and bring peace to their people. Sasha is an "analog," or physical double, for Princess Juliana, who disappeared just before her impending nuptial to Prince Callum. The marriage will bring peace to the rival nations. Sasha is told that as long as she goes along with the engagement and acts like Juliana, she will eventually return to her own universe. Even though Thomas essentially kidnapped Sasha, she begins to develop strong feelings for him. Sasha is not as independent as some female protagonists in comparable titles but she is no codependent drama queen either. This is a quick, fun read. The characters are well developed and multilayered. The main villain is obvious and the "bad" guys are not as fleshed out but that will not deter readers. The main story is Sasha's but the slight peppering of other perspectives are fascinating and will pull readers in and have them eagerly awaiting the sequel.—Kristyn Dorfman, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, NY

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Tandem (The Many-Worlds Trilogy Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, cant wait for the next one. Definetly reccomend it
Anonymous 4 months ago
Let me start by saying plz dont hate. Anyways this book was pretty bad. The entire thing is literally just descriptions of how this area looks or wht this person looks like. You barely remember what is happening in the story and the descriptions just make the book long and boring. I mean in some cases descriptions are good, but this book takes it waaaaayyyyy to far. Would honestly rate it at about a quarter of a star if i could. If ur wondering why its a quarter its because only a quarter of the book is NOT descriptions. Again plz dont hate. If you like this book then that is ur opinion. U have ur opinion and i have mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING. I picked up this book looking for something 'different' to read. This book was definitely a page turner, I never wanted to put it down. I really felt connected to the book, like i was a part of it. I would definitely recommend.  
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Sasha is beyond thrilled when cute, popular Grant Davis asks her to prom. After years of pining for Grant, it seems like Sasha's dreams are finally coming true. Then prom is over and things start to go horribly wrong. Grant isn't Grant and, after receiving a strange gift, Sasha isn't in her Chicago. Suddenly all of the theoretical things Sasha has learned from her grandfather about alternate universes are painfully real. Thrust into a life that isn't her own, Sasha has to play the part of a princess in a world that shouldn't exist if she ever wants a chance to return home in Tandem (2013) by Anna Jarzab. Tandem is the first book in Jarzab's Many Worlds trilogy. While the framework is original, the story is nothing so much as a riff on The Prisoner of Zenda--a movie that's been made several times where a man is recruited (unwillingly) to pretend to be the king of Ruritania when the real king is kidnapped. Chaos ensues. Although the premise is clever and appears in lots of other books and movies, I couldn't shake the similarity between the two. Alternate universe stories are always interesting in terms of setting and this one is no exception with an alternate Chicago that is markedly different even with eerie similarities. Jarzab does a great job supporting the science of her story and making the Tandem and analogs and other elements convincing and plausible. The problem is that the book is too long. At 448 pages (hardcover) the book takes a good hundred pages to get to Aurora (the alternate world) and even then the actual story, the one described in the plot summary, still doesn't start right away. Readers looking for an alternate universe/parallel universe story will likely find the initial groundwork fascinating, others may find it tedious. Although Jarzab's writing was enjoyable and Sasha was an appealing heroine, the story took too long to get off the ground with too much build up to ever truly be engaging. Possible Pairings: The Selection by Kiera Cass, The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, Proxy by Alex London, Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young, Planesrunner by Ian McDonald, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Fair Coin by E. C. Myers, A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Pivot Point by Kasie West
twihard730 More than 1 year ago
Definitely a different kid of boom from what im use to and everyone should give it a try
smeadows More than 1 year ago
The was very interesting. I really liked it. it was easy to fall in love with Sasha and Thomas. Callum was so darn sweet. It's too bad that he and Juliana are on opposite sides. They would have ruled great together, but Juliana is too selfish. I need book two - like asap.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to explain how much I wanted to love this book. I really did. I love me some dystopian/futuristic young adult stuff. But this one ... well ... it was interesting ... parallel worlds with you in it but it's not you, it's another version of you ... sometimes a better version, sometimes a worse version ... come on. That's some good stuff! But it just fell flat for me. The writing wasn't bad. The story line wasn't bad. Character development, the back story ... all okay. But that's all it was for me. Just okay. When I first saw the cover, it knocked my socks off! Yes, I judge books by their cover. You do too, so don't judge me. The cover is cool as heck and then the blurb on the back just pulled me in. I couldn't wait to get started on this one. And then it just dropped off for me. The sad thing was that I got about halfway through the book when it started to happen and then it was just a flat-liner from there on out. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book. So if you like semi-dystopian and futuristic stuff, this might be the best thing you've ever read. A lot of people really liked it. The characters are pretty well written ... I liked the heroine of the story quite a bit. The men that are pulling her into different directions are pretty okay as well. Oh, I did like her grandfather. He had a soft spot for her just like my grandpa had for me ... so I automatically loved him. It just wasn't a BAM!!-Emeril Lagasse type of story for me. Now, since I liked the premise of this novel so much, I might pick up the next book just to see if it hooks me. You guys should check it out too! You never know ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so good! Once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. It is one of my top books ever. Can't wait for the next one to come out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book by winning the first edition of this book at my middle school library. I had to pick a free book from all these shelves in this secret room. I picked this book at first because it had an amazing cover photo. Yes, i know i shouldnt be judging a book by its cover, but seriouly, how would amazing authors sell amazingly written books if that book had a laaame cover? And if you say the answer to my question is publicity, then your wrong because that said book would have such a lame cover that no one would ever even pick it up in the first place. Any way, at first i didnt want to read it because i had better things to do. But at the time, i didnt know that this book was sooo freakin awesome. When i finally started to read this, i was mesmerized. I couldnt put the book down. It had everything any reader would want: science, romance, action, a little bit of comedy, drama, suspence......did i mention comedy? This book is a definite page turner, no doubt about it. I cant wait to read the next one
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you were abducted, torn away from your reality, and plunged into a very different world, with many of the same, or what you thought were the same people. Only to find that you were taken to a different earth that evolved slightly differently, and it was your job to keep the two largest nations from destroying each other? That’s exactly what this audiobook is about. For being a type of story, parallel universes, that can quickly become a burden to the listener Anna Jarzab was able to keep Tandem: The Many Words Trilogy, Book 1 under control by simplifying the whole thing. By not keeping all of the focus on that one aspect. While it did contain the seemingly necessary love story that are in most young adult novels, Jarzab was able to keep me interested, and as soon as I felt myself drifting off and not paying attention. WHAM. The storyline exploded and I was hooked. I am interested to find out what happens in the remaining audiobooks and book one created so many questions that have to be answered. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I got into Tandem thinking it is a dystopian novel, however I find out it involves parallel worlds, analogs, and a politically unstable monarchy in a parallel world to earth. I've mentioned before that I haven't read much parallel world novels (other than Pivot Point by Kasie West) so this was a great book to broaden my knowledge of this genre. Tandem, while not without flaws, was a pleasant and satisfying read with a whooping 430 pages that might not have all been exciting, but the concepts behind many of the laws that govern Tandem's worlds were very fascinating, especially when explained from a physicist's perspective. Sasha, the main protagonist, finds herself center stage in a political and dangerous world known as Aurora. She gets kidnapped by Grant's analog; Grant being a guy in her school she's crushed on for years. Sasha however is the analog of the princess of Aurora, to be exact, the missing princess of Aurora. Which is why she has to pretend to be Juliana (even from the Queen, her step-mom) until they find the real princess. Unfortunately nothing is as it seems and clues are revealed to us that perplex Sasha as well as the readers, conspiracy theories get thrown here and there (mostly by me) and you really get involved in trying to solve this whole mystery of who is really in power and who is backstabbing who.. and yes, be prepared for a ton of backstabbing in this book. I have to say that I was surprised by Sasha's dilemma when she had the option to go back to earth.. I mean, family always comes first but she was willing to sacrifice that for Grant's analog, Thomas, who you should all have guessed (or bet on your life) is the main love interest in Tandem. I didn't care much for the romance initially but I have to say Jarzab portrayed Thomas in a very appealing way. I loved his POVs and wanted to know more about him. The ending isn't a cliffhanger that causes your jaw to drop, and I liked that. Tandem was definitely a unique concept and I can't wait to read more about this parallel world theory as well as the direction the author is taking with this series.