Zi71bFS9nQHnivtvUJquhejTHIQ The Story Factory Reading Zone: Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner (A Review)

Monday, 10 December 2012

Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner (A Review)


One boy. One girl. One insignificant moment that changes their lives forever.
Bella and Clark are two young twenty-somethings, traveling and finding themselves in a chaotic and crazy world. One craves love; the other avoids it. Will they find one another, or will a single what-if moment send them down different paths?
In the same mould as Sliding Doors, Uncertainty, and Smoking/No-Smoking, Beyond Parallel flips between two parallel tales. One follows Bella and Clark as a couple, the other as if they never meet. Friendships, careers, dreams, fantasies…their lives are no different to yours or mine.
Follow the journey of two confused minds as they tackle growing up in the 21st century. Highflying careers, book tours, teaching teenagers, hipster warehouses, stories about talking whales, coffee shop hangouts, and even a despicable salesman are confronted.
It’s incredible how a small, everyday decision can affect how you look, where you live, the people you love, and who you become. We could all live a billion lives, but we’re only given one. Is it all a game of chance, or are some things a little more certain?

I loved the premise of this book- telling us what might have happened, given just one event being different. Each story was interesting, and revealed a lot about the main characters. Their lives were realistic and yet eventful, providing a good balance for the reader.
But, unfortunatly, there were just too many flips for my liking.  Every time I felt involved in one scenario it flipped to another. And then just as I was realising what dimesion we were now it, it flipped once again and we were somewhere else.
This could be a great book with a little rearranging, and a few more clues as to which version of events we were in. As it is, its OK for a casual read.

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