Title: The Drafter
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles
Publication: September 1st 2015 by Gallery Books
Genre: Adult ~ Science Fiction ~ Suspense
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Review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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.
It’s been three years since I read a Kim Harrison book but now that I have read The Drafter, the first in a new series, I’m reminded again why I like her books so much. This book totally blew my mind. I loved it!
This story revolves around Peri. She is a drafter, she has the ability to alter time. The only drawback is that she forgets whatever it is she changed. When she gets betrayed by the organization she works with and the man she loves her, she is forced to go on the run, leaving her world forever changed.
I’ve always thought this author writes very interesting female characters. Strong yet they have a vulnerable side to them as well. Peri was no exception. I loved that she could kick some serious butt, even men who are twice her size but there was also her softer side with not knowing what was going on and forgetting important things whenever she drafted.
I was really impressed with how the author build up this world. It was extremely well written, in my opnion. The story takes place in Detroit 2030. It’s 15 years into the future but I can totally see some of the futuristic things that were in this book happening eventually.
Although the story is mainly about Peri, there were a bunch of side fascinating side characters as well. Silas, being one of them. Actually, he also has a POV in the book. I loved reading about him and especially his interaction with Peri.
The thing with this book is, you don’t quite know who the villains are and who the good guys are. Much like Peri in the book, you just can’t know for sure. The lines are very blurred but I loved how suspenseful it all was. And I also have to mention that I although this book is 432 pages, I read it really fast.
Overall, The Drafter was a fantastic book. It was so good that I could hardly stop reading. My expectations were definitely met and even more than that! If you’re looking for a fast-paced, futuristic, suspenseful read with a hint of time travel, you definitely need to read this book. Highly recommended!
I’m Kim Harrison, best known for penning the Hollows series though I’ve tried my hand at YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. I grew up reading science fiction and fairytales, which means my fairy garden has Daleks in it. Recently, I’ve moved back to my home state of Michigan after a ten year stint down in South Carolina, and it feels good to be home–even with the snow and cold. I’ve been traditionally published for almost twenty years, and a good day is still one where there is nothing to distract me from my keyboard.