Tandem (The Many-Worlds Trilogy Series #1)

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Fans of Matched, Across the Universe, and The Hunger Games will love this 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 ...

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Overview

Fans of Matched, Across the Universe, and The Hunger Games will love this 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.

o 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.  

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Past the offhand references to theoretical physics, the first installment of Jarzab’s Many-Worlds trilogy features a standard romantic suspense plot and dated gender roles. Sasha Lawson, 16, has been dreaming she is a princess her whole life—Princess Juliana, to be exact, from a world subtly different from our own. Little does she suspect that this twin, or “analog,” and world actually exist, in a parallel universe. Thomas Mayhew is the royal agent who travels from Aurora to Earth to kidnap Sasha, because Princess Juliana has gone missing before her imminent wedding; the political ramifications, should she fail to reappear, have driven the regime to desperate measures. Thomas is the analog of Sasha’s longtime crush, Grant, so it’s a simple matter to steal her back to Aurora by taking his place and asking her to prom. Sasha has the stereotypical princess skills down—she screams, cries, begs, runs away, faints, and crumbles in the face of bullying. The novel’s romantic elements may keep some readers invested, but Sasha’s situation is, in her words, “very telenovela.” Ages 12–up. Agent: Joanna MacKenzie, Browne & Miller Literary Associates. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
A girl is forced to take the place of a parallel universe's version of herself. Ordinary girl Sasha Lawson has dreamt that she is another person, Princess Juliana, since she was a little girl. After an amazing prom night with a handsome classmate, Sasha is torn from her world and sent to the parallel world of Aurora. There, she learns that her date is really Thomas Mayhew, Aurora's analog (a counterpart but not necessarily an exact double) of her classmate. He is a member of the King's Elite Service of the United Commonwealth of Columbia. (In Aurora, the first attempt at revolution in the American colonies failed, and the successful one yielded monarchy.) His mission was to abduct Sasha, as she is an analog to the UCC's Princess Juliana, who has disappeared shortly before a peace treaty with nearby Farnham is to be sealed through Juliana's arranged marriage. The UCC will send Sasha home if she successfully impersonates Juliana and thereby prevents war with Farnham. Unsurprisingly for genre readers, Sasha falls for Thomas despite trust issues while also connecting with Juliana's fiance, charming Prince Callum. The worldbuilding is sometimes clunky but always interesting; the villain's lack of trustworthiness is obvious enough to undermine intrigue, but the deeper into the book, the more entertaining it gets. Although the exposition and story take a while to sync up, Jarzab succeeds with a parallel-world concept that is also an entertaining read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375990779
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Many-Worlds Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 448
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNA JARZAB's previous YA novels are The Opposite of Hallelujah and All Unquiet Things. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    So good

    Loved it, cant wait for the next one. Definetly reccomend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    A really goos book

    Definitely a different kid of boom from what im use to and everyone should give it a try

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    The was very interesting. I really liked it. it was easy to fall

    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.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

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    I can't begin to explain how much I wanted to love this book. I

    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 ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    This book was so good! Once I started to read it, I couldn't put

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Loved it

    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

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    What would you do if you were abducted, torn away from your real

    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

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    I got into Tandem thinking it is a dystopian novel, however I fi

    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. 

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