Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review for Collide by Michelle Madow - 4 out of 5


I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I'm a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I'm the only one who knows. Which means I'm the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth... and then get them to help me.


I really enjoyed Collide! I found the premise to be really interesting, and I liked how strong the characters are. Collide is a YA read, and is told from Anna's POV. Collide deals with the topic of parallel universes; different decisions creating different paths, and follows Anna as she finds herself in a universe where her mother was never killed. Anna goes to her school's Halloween dance with her boyfriend Jake and some friends, when someone begins shooting. Jake and Anna are both shot, and Anna blacks out. When Anna wakes up again, she wakes up in a different place, she's in a universe where her mother wasn't killed, and she has taken the place of the Anna that has lived a different life in the past 6 months. The Anna from this universe goes by Annabelle and never lost her mother, so certain events took a different path for Annabelle than for the other Anna, so Anna needs to find out what in the heck is going on, and even if she wants to return back to her universe. In this universe, she has a different boyfriend, different friends, and the Anna of this universe is different too, and to top it off, she arrives a week before the school shooting, so she needs to find out who is responsible and stop them before anyone is harmed. I love the parallel universe angle, and I liked that Anna is a strong, intelligent, confident, and capable character. She really took this whole parallel universe thing quite well. In this universe, Jake is unharmed, but he isn't Anna's boyfriend, the Anna of this universe is dating, Zac, but Anna still loves Jake, and is having a hard time dealing with Jake and her not being together. She wants to have Jake and her mother both, can she find a way to make this happen? Poor Zac! He really gets the raw end of this deal! I really felt for him! Especially when certain secrets came to light. I really hope there will be a next book because this ended in an unsatisfactory way for me, so I would definitely be disappointed if this was the ending. I read this book in one sitting, and I thought Michelle Madow did a good job of creating an interesting story that draws you in. Great idea!

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