by Chris Dolley
Review by Gayle Surrette
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 1416509127
Date: 01 November, 2005 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The first time he meets Annalise, she's a got metallic red hair streaked with black. But she tells him people want to kill him. When next he meets Annalise she's got orange hair, or blond, or brunette. Each times he meets Annalise, she's the same person but different. But, she's psychic and can communicate with other Annalises. He learns there are over 200 and they are all trying to save his life. ParaDim Corporation for some reason is trying to kill him. Time after time when ParaDim's Resonance Project is shut down Graham Smith is found unconscious in the street. But when he meets Annalise 15 (they've numbered themselves), he begins to come out of his shell and realize that he may be alive but he hasn't lived. So he has to act -- to save himself, to save Annalise 15 and the universe. Graham is a reluctant hero because to act and make choices goes against everything that has kept him safe and secure.
For most of the book, you really don't know what's going on. The narrative is clear but the interpretation of the facts is not. The characters are kicking around ideas as to what could be happening. As the reader, you get carried along thinking the story is going one way and off it veers in another direction. Once you figure out the universe and what's happening you still don't know who the key players are and why. Then there's the love story. I mean what do you do when you don't know if the Annalise you care about is the Annalise you'll see next. And how can you get back to the right Annalise when everything is changing around you.
I don't know about you but I like being surprised by a story. I enjoy having an author keep me interested in the story and caring about the characters. Dolley does a great job of pulling all the elements together to keep you reading.