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The Operator by Kim Harrison

In her “Hollows” series, author Kim Harrison covered familiar ground in a new and refreshing way. In her new series, the Peri Reed Chronicles, Harrison brings readers to a wholly new world where nothing is quite like it seems.

The first book in the Peri Reed Chronicles, The Drafter (2015), introduces readers to Peri and her unusual ability to “draft” time. Drafting is the highly valued gift of being able to turn back time a few seconds, allowing drafters to change the outcome of an action. Drafters are hard to kill – even a shot to the heart allows a drafter enough time to turn back the clock and literally dodge the bullet meant to kill them. As a result, government agencies seek them out and train them to carry out high stakes missions which ordinary agents cannot. The downside of a drafter’s ability is the need for an anchor – a person who helps merge the two alternate timelines and keeps the drafter from going insane. Doing this requires wiping the drafter’s memory of the original timeline. Not all anchors are what they seem, however, and Peri gradually discovers that her past has been rewritten to suit purposes far removed from her own.

The second book in the series, The Operator (2016), takes Peri further away from her day job and her former anchor. In an attempt to control her own life and memories, Peri leaves her high stakes lifestyle behind and opens a coffee shop. Some things never change though, and both the government and a criminal network want her. As they start to close in, Peri learns of a drug that allows drafters to remember their timelines. The catch: without a highly addictive follow up drug, the experience of remembering multiple timelines would drive a drafter insane. Peri recognizes the freedom offered her by this new drug, and the absolute servitude she would be subject to as an addict. Teaming up with Silas, a man she doesn’t fully remember but trusts nonetheless, Peri embarks on a journey to outwit the criminal network attempting to get her back through the promise of remembering and control her through the addictive nature of the drug, while also avoiding the government that has come to consider her a dangerous operative better off destroyed than allowed to work for the enemy.

Throughout the course of this journey, Peri will be asked to betray friends old and new, reject the man she thought she loved, and come to grips with her desire for independence from anchors and agencies. When she is purposely dosed with the addictive drug cocktail, Peri must race against time and withdrawal symptoms to find a source for the drug that isn’t controlled by the bad guys. What follows is an action packed adventure in a not-too-far distant future Detroit. Kim Harrison gives readers a strong heroine with an unusual ability in a real page-turner of a story which fans of her other titles will fully enjoy.

Deana Cunningham is the Branch Manager at May Memorial Library. She can be reached at dcunningham@alamancelibraries.org.