Ricochet

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One plot I will always want to read about is the multiverse, no matter the story or author I just absolutely adore this idea in novels. The premise of this book drew me n completely and I had such high hopes, which were not met at all.I was rather disappointed by the different parallel universes in this book as it made the plot so confusing to follow and I think it could have been done in a much cleaner way. Although each protagonist was meant to have had different experiences and a different life they all sounded exactly the same and it was hard to follow who was who. 

Overall I was just really disappointed by my own expectations for this book because it features a theme I love.
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The synopsis of this book reminds me of the TV show Orphan Black meet multi universe. Really enjoy the premise but at times I got confused with the character story and different storylines even though they have their names on each chapter to tell you who they are. Still confused at the ending.
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Ricochet had so much potential that I am very sad to see it go. I wish there had been much more to the plot, much more to the characters, and much more to the story in all. Ricochet confused me several chapters in and I don’t think I ever left that confusion. I unfortunately had to leave this at about 47% DNF because I just could not continue on with the book. There were some bits of the book that were interesting such as when Tatiana wanted to find out more with her DNA and why she was having seizures her whole life but after that it fell flat. 

I skipped ahead to the ending to see if there was truthfully anything I was missing by the end and I am very sad to say that there is and was not anything I missed.
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Ricochet has a cool premise about a teenager doing an ancestry DNA test, and getting weird results. However, it follows this premise across four narrators who are slightly different versions of the same person. While it sounds awesome in theory, I don't think I have the attention span to continue reading every single thing happening four times.
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First of all, for like a quarter of the book I had no clue what was going on, it was all just SO confusing. The whole parallel universes concept was really fascinating, but the way it was all built just didn't do it for me. I feel like two universes would have been enough to keep it all going, the rest were overkill.

I would've enjoyed it a lot more if two of the universes were developed more. So even though it's interesting to think how things affect how our life develops, in this instance it didn't work for me.
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I'm late reviewing this because I've been trying to decide what to say. I didn't enjoy it. Too confusing even though I know about the multiverse theory already; I can't imagine trying to read this without knowing. I still don't understand who the other three girls got to their universe, and I didn't understand the ending. It's not badly written, just confusing. Not a good one for me.
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Tatyana meets herself, herself and herself in this multiverse crossing adventure.

This wasn't as good as I was hoping, sadly. It took a while to figure out which Tati was which, and I'm still not sure whether one of their fathers somehow got the altered babies across parallell universes, or four of him were doing the exact same experiment at the exact same time.

It wasn't awful, but it wasn't great either.
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This book had a lot of promise with a thrilling plot line that seemed super intense and wonderfully imaginative. While I loved the pose for the book I feel like the execution was a little rough. While juggling the 4 different but same characters... It feel extremely matchy matchy. The two American Tatiana's connected and the two Russians ones did. I would have liked to see all the individuals be able to cross over and interact. I feel like it would have given the story more depth and moved it along quicker, I also think that while there were a few differences between worlds you had two sets that were almost identical I wish the author had structured each to be a little less like each other. I think a little more polish could have made a huge difference on this story. Overall it was a decent read that many will enjoy.
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Confusing.  All 4 of the Tatianas were completely interchangeable. It was in no way clear which lives were which girl's. I was pretty bored because of this; I gave up trying to keep them separate before I even made it halfway.
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I really wanted to love this book - I was really excited about the idea of parallel universes and what that could mean. I found the start a lot to take in at once and whilst I understand the reasons behind the way the alternate characters were introduced I found the transitions quite jarring. I wonder whether it would have been more interesting to start with one of the alternates rather than the luckiest version of Tatiana.
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Ricochet alternates between the perspectives of four different versions of its central character, Tatiana. I was worried that this would be confusing, but each chapter opens with an alternative name/nickname for her: Tati, Ana, Tanya, and Tatyana, and always in this order. The premise itself is interesting, as well as how Berla carried it out, splitting off Tatiana’s different life circumstances in each universe: two in which she gets adopted by American parents, and multiple in which either one or both of her birth parents is/are dead. There’s also the subtle difference in her character for each of these universes. The plot itself is fast-paced, as the girls uncover the reason behind their ability to cross over into their own parallel worlds. Despite the pulsing across parallel universes, Berla manages to keep her world and characters relatively contained, so there isn’t an overload of names and characters in different lifetimes.

Overall, it was a very fun and gripping read; one of those page turners that you don’t want to put down just because you need to know what happens next. And yet, it’s light reading, nothing too heavy or depressing. I’ll admit I was a little disappointed at how easily things got resolved in the final confrontation scene between the different versions of Tatiana and that one version of their father.
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This book was interesting once I finally sort of figured out the confusing plot. I really liked the characters they were all really cool. This book is definitely different and worth reading for sure. I was never bored while reading this book I can tell you that. It's kind of difficult to explain this book, so you need to just read it!

Thank you, NetGalley and Flux for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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In Kathryn Berla's sci-fi adventure, we first meet Tati, a girl who is in love with her best girlfriend, has a cool set of parents, and is working on a genetics project for school that requires her to submit a saliva sample to a company that will analyze her DNA.  Tati is adopted, and wants to know more about her birth family.  But her sample comes back as "inconclusive," and sets off a series of events that at first confuse the reader, but when the storylines come together, it is an interesting turn of events.

Berla explores the concepts of string theory, or parallel universes, through the viewpoints of four versions of Tati - Tati, Ana, Tanya, and Tatyana.  Their father is a scientist who messed with DNA at the birth of his daughter, creating four versions who all lived in different universes.

Though not a fan of books with multiple viewpoints, and it took me almost half the book to figure out what was going on, it was an interesting premise.  If you're a fan of sci-fi and mulitverses, Ricochet might be right up your alley.
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This was my first book read by this author. It is sci-fi and geared towards middle school age and up. 

I really enjoyed this book and the multiple points of view. The story was orginial and captivating. The twists and turns really added to the overall plot. The characters were well thought out and multi-dimensional.  They were relatable and likeable. 

This book was well written and perfectly paced. It was engaging and a quick and easy read. Fans of YA sci-fi will gobble up this story.
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This book had such promise by a rather prolific author who obviously thinks outside the box when she sits down to write. However, the author failed to bring forth the book she obviously thought she was writing. Readers who were/are anticipating this book may well be hugely disappointed by the inadequate writing. 

The book is a confusing mess with four different main characters, who have very similar names, and four different parallel universes with similar names. I don’t to work so hard to figure out who the characters are on any given page. 

One of the characters has her DNA tested and finds out that the tests results are inconclusive. Neither of these – the parallel universes and inconclusive DNA results – are scientifically explained. It’s as if the author didn’t want or feel the need to do research into the science she writes about.

If the above are kinds of things that don’t bother you, by all means put this book on your to-be-read list.

My thanks to Flux and NetGalley for an eARC.
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DNF 62%

While Ricochet had a really interesting premise with parallel universes, the book failed to capture me. It was hard to follow the four POVs because they all had similar names; especially Tati and Ana were hard to keep track of because their storylines were so similar. It was a quick read, but not a lot happened until about 40% when the characters started figuring out the truth. Even then, I wasn't really interested.

Thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me with a copy
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I am always intrigued by books which use a multiverse type theory, so when I read the description of this one I thought it sounded like something I would really enjoy. The book opens with Tati, one of four narrators, each of which is a different version of the same girl. Tati is a happy, intelligent teenage girl living in the USA with her adoptive parents, When she and her girlfriend decide to do a DNA test as part of a school project, her results are strangely inconclusive and this sets her on a path to try to discover more about her past, and whether that can explain the strange seizure like episodes she has been experiencing, Ana is  a more reserved version of Tati, one who has yet to strike up the courage to approach the girl she likes. Tanya is living in Germany with her controlling mother, and in hiding from her father, while Tatyana is living a life of luxury with her scientist father. It soon emerges that all four girls in their parallel universes, are the result of a science experiment, and they begin to ricochet between their different lives with dramatic consequences. 
I loved the central premise of the book, but I found the execution lacking in some areas.  I often lost track of which girl and timeline I was following, but I understand that this is a risk when having four such similar versions of the same character. The pacing started out fine but I found the ending pretty rushed. I did like the different versions of the Tatiana character but wish some more development had gone into the character of her father, as someone who was supposed to be the villain of the piece he felt more like a caricature than a well developed believable character.
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Tati, Ana, Tanya, and Tatyana all suffer from unexplained seizures that don't produce brainwaves that would indicate epilepsy. During their seizures, a tunnel opens up, which they come to discover leads to parallel universes. The four women learn that they are a version of each other inhabiting their universes, each making different choices that have led them to who they currently are. When they find out that their father is to blame, they seek to free themselves from his influence and carve out a meaningful life that doesn't involve being a science experiment.

This was a short, fun, and compelling read. The mystery of their existence was slowly uncovered with each version figuring out different pieces and working to assemble the secrets together. I also appreciated the LGBT representation in the novel. Much of the story was plot driven, so it's difficult to discuss the finer points without giving away any of the twists, particularly those that occur in the final few chapters.

Overall, I found the ending to be satisfying and one that I didn't predict as Kathryn Berla worked to bring all the threads together.
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I wish I could give this book a better review. I AM going to give it four stars solely for the plot idea which was incredibly new and creative. I love seeing this kinda of outside thinking. The issue I have, however, was the swapping between each version of Tatiana. I very quickly and easily started to get confused between each one, and that made the story awful to follow. Did not finish, but I sure tried.
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This is a hard book to rate. Because on one hand I absolutely ADORE the idea, the worldbuilding. I mean, different realities! The same girl growing up in vastly different circumstances and thus becoming totally different people! What's not to love! (Also I'm very much a fan of the idea that a person's sexuality wouldn't change depending on their upbringing.)

But then there's the writing. And the style is just so awkward? Feels so very unnatural? There's just no way to truly connect to any of the characters (technically, the same character!) since the style doesn't let you forget for a single second that you're reading a book. It's a waste of potential. 

So in the end I can't even say that this is a decent book, because the style killed any of the fun I could have with it!
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