The Drafter by Kim Harrison (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1)

The Drafter by Kim HarrisonAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Futuristic/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Gallery Books

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

In the first explosive book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series, blazes a new frontier with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

A new series by one of my favorite authors, Ms. Harrison introduces us to intriguing characters, a complex world set in the future and a covert government operation that seems untouchable, yet a group of renegades plan to shut them down.

Peri Reed is a drafter, a highly trained operative who can change the future by hopping back in time a few seconds or minutes to rewrite history. The drawback is that she is unable to remember and so all drafters are assigned an anchor who fills in the blanks. She loves her job and the adrenaline she gets from performing her duties; she also loves Jack, her anchor, but when things start to fall apart she does not know who to trust.

Silas works for Alliance, a group of former Opti members who have their own agenda. They want to extract Peri from the Opti world to find out what she knows. Unfortunately things get so convoluted that it is hard for Peri to know who the good guys are and who is working against her, therefore she hampers Alliance’s progress, causing chaos, more drafting with memory loss and some missing key years of her life.

Oh what a crazy ride from beginning to end, this is the first in a trilogy from this amazing author and as you read to the end, this is something you will need to recite over and over again, because the ending leaves you with many unanswered questions as you weave through the twists, turns and betrayals. That being said, Ms. Harrison is a superb writer and leaves you wanting more.

Peri is a kickass heroine who I liked immediately; she seems to know what she wants in the beginning, enjoying her work, her anchor Jack and the perks she gets for getting paid well as she enjoys fast cars and expensive clothes. Unfortunately things unravel fast and she is hit with betrayal and lies. When she drafts, she loses her memories and others must rewrite them for her, yet they can do whatever they want creating the life of lies she is living. Throughout the book she must also face some truths, is she as corrupt and dirty as everyone else or is everything a façade, I felt so sorry for her at times, people manipulating her from the beginning, however I have found in this story that things are rarely as they seem.

Silas is a wonderful hero, but is he really? I still am unsure about what else he knows about Peri and if they have some past together. Ms. Harrison makes it seem like he is the good guy but things happen and Peri again becomes the pawn in everyone’s game. I also believe they have some feelings for each other, but there are so many twists that I am not sure what is real by the end.

Secondary characters play huge roles, there are Alliance members who seem to want to help Peri such as Tif and Howard, they are fun together and I like their personalities and how they treat Peri. Another is Allen, he is an enigma and I am not sure what to believe with him, and what of Jack? And then there are a host of others that come and go, both good and evil, but do we really know who to believe?

There are so many pieces and parts in this story, many time shifts and changes that it is hard to keep up, I did find that very frustrating at times, yet I must remember that this is only the beginning, I truly believe that the author will takes us on this wild ride but deliver us to a satisfying ending. Also good to note is that the book is not a true romance, yet there are romantic elements intertwined throughout and a hint of something to come? A great beginning to an intriguing story that will have me anxiously waiting until the next book is out.

I give The Drafter by Kim Harrison 4 stars!

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