Today for Freebie Friday I have two parallel universe books that I've just finished reading…
3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
To be published by Balzer + Bray on September 17, 2013
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse. Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m. Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo. Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?
Relativity by Cristin Bishara
Published by Bloomsbury on September 10, 2013
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
I enjoyed both of these -- I was hoping to get a joint review up today, but this week was a bit crazy -- I'll get those up next week. But if you enjoy parallel universe books, you'll definitely want to give both of these a try. 3:59 is more parallel universe action-adventure, while Relativity is more of a parallel universe contemporary. They both had a fair amount of science in them, which I liked, thought I can't vouch for the plausibility of any of it!
The details: if my winner is a US resident, they can have both books -- 3:59 is a finished hardcover, while Relativity is an ARC. If my winner is international, they'll have to choose one or the other, and I'll order it from The Book Depository.There is a free entry option, and if you want an extra entry, you can answer this question in comments: if you found a portal that let you explore parallel versions of your life, would you enter?
My answer: nuh-uh! That would completely freak me out. But I loved everyone's fanfic ideas last week, so I want to know what you think!