A Highly Engaging and Unique Story | Reviews: Ricochet by Kathryn Berla

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Ricochet was an unexpectedly thrilling read. And completely unique--it left me feeling jolted by its final pages.


Ricochet
by Kathryn Berla 

When seventeen-year-old Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. What’s wrong with her DNA? And what does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them?

What Tati discovers is more than she could have ever imagined possible. Parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

With knowledge of their existence a deadly threat in every universe, the only chance all four have to survive is to work together to take down the scientist responsible: their father.


 

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
Rating: ★★★★☆

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

At first glance, I half-expected Ricochet to be a lot like Orphan Black in terms of characters. Instead of clones, obviously, it would be based upon parallel universes. Kathryn Berla assured me almost instantly in the narration that this was a completely different, but no less compelling, tale. 

The best way to describe Ricochet is that it is fast paced, clever and wholly enthralling. Not only was this book a breeze to get into, and through, the intrigue was on the highest level of high. Berla ensures a steady flow of mystery, action and sprinkles of coming of age woes. 

Ricochet was a pleasant surprise that kept me on the edge of my seat, but it also had an edge to it that felt like the sharp sting of confusion. These confusing moments came by the hand of many twists in the plot as well as the multiple* POVs. While the characters could get a bit blurred together, Ricochet still kept it simple enough and once you got used to the various voices each possessed it became much more distinctive/easy to follow. 

(*There were four POVS, which isn't a lot in theory. But because Ricochet was so short it kind of had this almost overwhelming feeling at first.)

I think that my only complaint in Ricochet has less to do with the writing or tone and more of a personal preference thing, but there was this abruptness to the ending that made me go, "What?" And also long for so much more within this world. 

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this one. The writing was smooth, suspenseful and completely engaging. While it wasn't necessarily an all-time favourite, and I may no reread it again, Ricochet was still a blast from start to finish. 

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