The Drafter

The Drafter

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, c2015.
ISBN: 9781501108693
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 24 cm.

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AlwaysAwry
Sep 15, 2018

I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. I’ve seriously read it at least three times, I’ve put off reading the end of that one because I don’t want it to end (and I need to re-read it again!). So I put off reading this one because I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t like it or it wouldn’t live up to the love that I have for The Hollows series. But I really didn’t have anything to worry about. I really loved this series opener, it was a really great way to start a new series.

Peri is just as amazing as Rachel, in very different ways of course, but omg do I love them both. I’m not going to do a comparison of the two, because like I said they’re both awesome. Peri is a drafter, meaning she can go back in time, usually just seconds, and change time. Afterwards she usually has no memory of doing or what she’d been doing before doing it. This is why she needs an anchor, someone who is there and can help her remember what happens. At the start of the book Peri is confident and a little reckless. Then when her world is turned upside down and she isn’t sure who to trust we see a vulnerable side to her as she slowly learns how to stand on her own two feet. Then her confidence returns, in my opinion, it returns stronger than before, she is less cocky, and less reckless as well.

I felt that the story was just as much a mystery/thriller as it was science fiction. There were so many twists and turns that you were constantly guessing where people’s allegiances lied and who was really corrupt and who wasn’t. I’m still not sure who we should really be trusting and who we shouldn’t. Things are mostly told, not through Peri’s pov since it is in third person, but she’s the one the story follows so we basically see everything as she sees it. And with her memory, the fact that people can erase it and plant false ones, she’s not exactly the most reliable narrator. (Okay I’m just a skeptical and not easily trusting person!) It definitely makes for an interesting story and I am really looking forward to the next book!

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dprodrig
Dec 28, 2017

I found the story line a little choppy and invariably frustrating as I tried to figure out who were the good guys and who weren't. I enjoyed reading it, but am not sure I like the concept as of yet. If it wasn't Kim Harrison, I'd have likely given this a lower rating.

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mlcrisp
Apr 28, 2016

If you want to pick this book up because you are like me, a lover of The Hollows series, this will be quite different from what you are used to. It's not a bad book, it's just... very different. If you can make it past the first 11/12 chapters of things that don't make sense and characters that aren't particularly endearing, it starts to make sense and becomes interesting. However, I don't think it will ever be addicting like the Hollows series was. The idea is reminiscent of J.D Robb/Nora Roberts' "In Death" series with Eve and Roarke, with mystery and suspense and set in the future. Completely different style. I'd give it a chance if you are open to something different or like me, have nothing else to read at the moment.

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