Author: Erica O'Rourke
Published: July 22nd 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Description: Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not traveled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony. Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane. But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
I Give This ...
Well this was fascinating and maddening all at the same time. The idea of alternate universes created from each decision made by each person was interesting. But, at the same I couldn't wrap my head around it. The shear number of these universes has to more than even the Walkers can hope to control.
At first, I wasn't sure I understood what it was exactly that the Walkers did in relation to the other dimensions. The full scope of their job isn't really explained up front, but more woven throughout the story. Basically the are in charge of keeping the base dimension stable. The other dimensions are ghosts of this one and really aren't even real, but tied to the base. However, ripples from the outer dimensions can effect the base and cause chaos. Choices made in other dimensions can actually bleed over into the base.
Delancy was interesting in the sense that she doesn't seem like your typical Walker. You can tell she's brilliant and good at it. But, she doesn't follow the rules set forth by the Council. When she accidentally does something she's shouldn't be able to do, she's put on probation. The Council follows her every move, but it's not so much to monitor her progress but to see exactly what she is capable of (and maybe to keep an eye on her family). As with many books, The Council isn't exactly as it appears.
The more Delancy travels between the other dimensions, the more fascinated I became. Some of these world's are permanent, while others exist for mere moments. All depend on the person and the decision being made. It so much to tend to, it's no wonder that the Council is trying to keep tight control of it. Of course they are going about it the wrong way and a revolt has silently been brewing.
I enjoyed this for the most part. I wasn't overly into the romance between Delancy and Simon, but it gradually grew on me. I did find the plot and setting to be awesome. I'm actually looking forward to more of this series!