Book Review | Ricochet | By Kathryn Berla

 

 

 

 

 

NetGalley E-Arc | YA Science Fiction

Ricochet
Published: 8th October, 2019
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 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. ( Goodreads)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative and Plot

 

 

 

 

 

Ricochet is told by the four different versions of Tatiyana the protagonist. Each of this version is some kind of a probability of the same reality with different outcomes. Save a few initial confusions, the narrative is distinct and keeps you interested. It is one of the best aspects of the book.

The plot however, didn’t make much of an impact. It is one of those books, which I personally wish didn’t reveal too much information on the synopsis. Pretty much nothing happens in the first half of the book other than establishing the characters. It felt a bit repetitive at times instead, of the de javu that I assume the story was going for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characters and Conflicts

 

 

 

Tatiyana is a wholesome character if you view her as a collective. There is a distinct personality for Tatiyana in each Universe. She is similar but not the same. That made things interesting.

However, the conflict was built up with a fervent intensity and the synopsis – once again- promises a lot. But the big reveal, in itself didn’t make much impact. The way the whole conflict resolved in itself felt vague as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Ricochet is a good attempt in creating a web of parallel worlds and multiple realities. But it doesn’t exactly excite the readers in terms of a compelling conflict.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Disclosure :  1) I received an e-ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.            

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  1. November 8, 2020

    […] This is a netgalley e-Arc that I should have read in October 2019 itself. However, I managed to read it a year later. Better late than never, I guess.  When I read the description, I was thinking something thrilling like Orphan Black and requested the book. Unfortunately, the plot was weak and slow paced despite having four different versions of the main character. A lot could have been done there especially with the possibility of a mean spirited evil antagonist. But, the book didn’t catch up till the end and I was left wanting for more. I rated this one a 2.5 /5. You can read my detailed review here. […]

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