Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Review | The Drafter by Kim Harrison

The Drafter is the first book in the Peri Reed Chronicles series by Kim Harrison.

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 on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.

The beginning of The Drafter was great. I love the concept of "drafting" which is basically the main character's ability to alter time and rewrite history. I was excited and sucked in at first. I didn't know who the characters were. I didn't know who was corrupt or who to trust. This was a good thing... at first.

Here's the thing. The plot and those questions never advanced. It was one big repetitive is she/isn't she, is he/isn't he for 432 pages.

Normally I would have DNF'ed before forcing myself through a book like this, but I couldn't let go of my expectations for the series. I kept thinking things would resolve, and I'd be excited to move on to book two. Unfortunately, The Drafter turned out to be so obnoxious by the end, I now have zero expectations for future books, and I will not be reading the rest of this series.

3/10: Didn't Like It

Have your read The Drafter? I'd love to hear your thoughts. My heart is broken because I loved the drafting concept so much. This is my first book by Kim Harrison, too. I know her Hollows series is very popular.


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  1. What a let down! I hate when a book has an awesome premise and then falls flat.

  2. I hate it when you keep reading a book in the hopes it will get better... :-(

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I should have known better. I didn't want to face reality.

  3. Sorry to hear this. I loved The Hollows, but I read the prequel novella for The Drafter and it just didn't pull me in. Don't know if I will ever pick it up, and I definitely won't buy it - it would have to be a library grab.

    1. Thanks for mentioning the prequel Barb. I heard about it reading other reviews and wondered if I would have enjoyed that one more. Now I know! There's definitely no harm in giving it a go from the library.

  4. I hate it when a book doesn't even come close to living up to its potential. :-(


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