Friday 56: Ida

This blog meme happens every Friday, hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you share an excerpt of a book you’ve read.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

I chose Ida by Alison Evans.


“I just wanted to chat,” I say, trying to keep it casual when my palms are sweating. My voice is too high for calm. “Is that okay? Are you busy?”

“Ida, I don’t want to talk right now,” they say, gently but with a rock behind their words. “And especially not about Daisy. I can’t.”

“What?” The phone slips a little through my fingers, I clutch it tight.

“I’m sorry.” And they hang up.

This book was interesting but confusing at the same time. Ida’s power was really interesting and I loved how it was bigger than just her, but I could have done a little expansion on the world itself. It made sense, however, that this story was about Ida and getting back to her world and her partner (Daisy) than it was about the wider story.

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back? Summary from Goodreads.


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