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review 2016-11-21 00:00
The Drafter
The Drafter - Kim Harrison This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I have some mixed feelings regarding this book. I did like it but I found it to be a bit tedious at times. I love the idea behind the book. I can't tell you how many times being able to rewind time a few seconds for quick "do over" would have come in handy during my life so the idea is very compelling. The part where you need partner to help you only remember one of the timelines so that you remain sane doesn't sound quite as appealing in real life or in the book.

Peri is a Drafter, which means she has the ability to rewind time for just a brief moment. She works with a partner, her anchor, whose responsibility is to help her remember only one of the timelines. Without an anchor doing his job correctly, she would be at risk of going insane anytime she drafts so it is a relationship built on trust. Peri is put in a position where she isn't sure that she can trust her anchor and senses that something may be wrong.

When Peri meets Silas, she is already sensing that something is wrong at Opti, the company she works for. Something seems to click with Silas and Peri starts to trust him early on. Silas is able to act as an anchor for Peri when needed and helps her start to piece together parts of her past that are bothering her. I found Silas and his friends to be immediately likeable and easily my favorite parts of the book.

The memory issues that go hand in hand with Peri's drafting made for confusing reading at times. Events would happen in one fashion and then it would change and I was left not knowing what was real and what wasn't. This is exactly what Peri is dealing with in her life over the course of the book but as a reader I found it tedious and tiring.

There were some really strong points in the book as well. The idea behind the story is genius. Peri was smart and really grew on me over the course of the book. There were parts of the book that were action packed and quite exciting. The story ended with a lot of promise for the next book which I am looking forward to reading soon.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this book but it made my head hurt a little because it was a bit tedious for me. I really liked the concept but I found that I had a hard time keeping everything straight. All of the re-remembering left me confused at times while it felt redundant at other times. I had planned to start reading the second book as soon as I finished this one but I need a break.
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review 2016-09-04 13:26
Urghhhhh!
The Drafter - Kim Harrison

I’ve got to break this one down bit-by-bit.

*This really could and should have taken place today. There wasn’t much of a difference in this future.

*Peri is still a blank slate and annoying after 400 pages.

*I kept getting lost and confused.

*I liked Detroit as the drop city. I also really, REALLY liked Silas. I like him enough that I finished the book. I’m proud of Kim Harrison for starting a new series.

*Cliffhanger…really?!?!? It didn’t make me want to read more, it just made me very mad! Now for the sad truth, I hated this book more than anyone can image. I wanted to stop reading over and over again but because I’m a fan of Harrison I couldn’t give up. I just didn’t like Peri and I wanted her to die…fast! Why two stars? Harrison's writing was pleasurable to read. I just hated the protagonist!

 

 

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review 2016-06-08 03:02
Of course her later books are better
Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

I really liked Harrison's The Drafter, which came out last year and was ignored by everyone because publishing is a remorseless bitch. So I thought I'd go back and read the book that put her on the map. Alas, I didn't like this at all. There's some first time novelist mistakes I'm willing to overlook, but the general confusion of the world building and unlikeability of the main character makes it go down pretty hard. But try out The Drafter! That was good. 

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text 2016-04-04 21:05
Review of Waylaid and Giveaway of The Drafter both by Kim Harrison at Books and Things Blog! US only.
Waylaid - Kim Harrison
The Drafter - Kim Harrison

Goto Books and Thing blog HERE to win The Drafter (Peri Reed Chronicles #1) and a review of Waylaid which is a mash up of Peri Reed and the Hollows series. US only.

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review 2016-01-21 00:25
Audiobook Review: The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison
The Drafter: The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1 - Kim Harrison,January LaVoy,Simon & Schuster Audio

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Drafter. I did listen to the prequel novella Sideswiped, but to be honest, I didn’t remember a lot of what happened. I do think that having listened/read the novella did make it easier to pick up this book. Several of the characters are introduced and you start to get a feel for the world that Harrison has built. It takes place several years before the start of The Drafter. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t left such a big gap between listening to Sideswiped and The Drafter.

 

This book was a completely different story and world from Harrison has given us in the past. It is nothing like The Hollows. Here, she has a built a futuristic world with more gadgets that you might expect to find in a world of the future. Plus, there is a bit of a time travel like element.

 

Peri Reed is a Drafter. She has the ability to go back a few minutes and rewrite the history. She is limited in how much she able to go back. She also doesn’t remember what happens. She requires the use of another person called an Anchor to help her see the final timeline. A Drafter and their Anchor are a team. They always work missions together and they generally live together and have a sexual relationship. Peri has even lost memories in her life from before the draft. One time she lost the previous six weeks of memories. It is interesting that Harrison gave such strong consequences for even these small shifts in time and rewrites in history.

 

There are many side characters from two different agencies. Peri currently works for a government agency called Opti. There is also another agency called the Alliance who is working to take down Opti. They want Peri and the information she could provide them, if she could only remember it. Jack is her Anchor and lover. He is also an Opti agent. Silas works for the Alliance. He can be an Anchor, but is more of a scientist than anything. There is also Bill, who is Jack and Peri’s handler. Fran, who is in charge of The Alliance. Howard and Taft are two great side characters who I just loved. They are friends of the Alliance and more like freelancers for them than true employees. They were there for Peri when she needed them. They were my favorite characters in the whole book. I hope we get to see more of them going forward.

 

This is a very interesting story. I liked it. The story kept me guessing on who’s the bad guy and who’s the good guys. At times, I felt I was almost as confused as Peri with her missing memory. I do love the world and the characters in it. I love Harrison’s writing style. I’m very excited to get the next book. I just hope I don’t have to wait too long.

 

Narration

This is the first book (not counting the Sideswiped novella) that I’ve listened to narrated by January LaVoy. I think she did a great job. I loved how she pulled out the cocky voice in Jack. Taft had a Southern accent that came and went and she did a great job with that as well. I liked her male and female voices. I would love to find more books with her as the narrator.

Source: www.hotlistens.com/the-drafter-audiobook-by-kim-harrison-reivew
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