The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Rating: 3 stars

Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1

When I heard this was about time travel I was expecting:

In reality it was more like this:

Peri was a drafter, which meant she can go back in time. Sounds wicked awesome, right? Well not so much. Drafters can only go back and alter the last minute or less of time. It has serious consequences like major memory loss, which makes the drafter vulnerable to manipulation since they don’t remember anything. If she didn’t put herself in situations where her life were in danger and had to draft to save herself, the memory loss would never happen.

It was hard to feel bad for Peri sometimes. She had been mentally used and abused in more ways than she could count, but she put herself in this situation. Someone with her level of intelligence must have been aware of the possibility that she could be manipulated. Regardless of that no one deserved to be treated the way she was.

The beginning was a little rough. It took a little while before drafting was explained to my satisfaction. After a while I was invested in the story. Peri had been hurt by Jack, her anchor/boyfriend. The only side of Jack shown in the book was of him being a manipulative jerk, so I never really related to Peri’s love for him. Silas came into Peri’s life claiming to help her, but she didn’t know if he was trustworthy. Eventually the story got too repetitive. How many times could she learn the truth or some version of it to have it ripped away? Far more could have been explained in this book instead of rehashing the same crap over and over towards the end.

There are two more books in this series. If they are similar plot wise to this, then I don’t want to read them. I really did not like the surprise at the end of the book and the changes it will bring, so I’m really conflicted about reading the rest of the series.

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3 thoughts on “The Drafter by Kim Harrison

  1. I have been hesitant to read this series, until Harrison’s latest blog post.

    “Drafter is my commentary on Alzheimer’s disease and those afflicted with it, being erased day by day, and their heavy dependency on first their intuition and patterns to hide the breaks, and their eventual and utter dependency upon those they loved to keep them to the person they were. That’s what Peri Reed is about”

    That made it more intriguing for me. I am curious, does that change your perception?

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    1. Interesting. I hadn’t know Alzheimer’s was the basis for the idea of the story. It doesn’t change my perception of the story though. People with Alzheimer’s don’t have a choice, but the drafters in the story do. They know their memories can be damaged, and they choose to do it anyway. I would have liked the story better if drafting was something that they had no control over. I found it hard to feel sympathy for the drafters. Peri purposely threw her life away. It is very different for people with genuine memory problems because they would do anything if they could to prevent it.

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