Ida, by Alison Evans
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing
Release Date: January 1, 2017
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?
OMG reading through this was an endurance trial that kept my heart in my throat for most of the time while I stayed immersed in the claustrophobia and urgency that the writing managed to hold for the whole story.
Ida is a woman who thinks she can time travel. She lives with her father and cousin, Frank. She also has a relationship with non-binary character, Daisy.
Well, sometimes she does. It’s confusing, because in some timelines, Daisy doesn’t know her at all. And, in others, her mum is still alive.
Apart from the fact that it turned out to be slightly different to time travelling that Ida was doing throughout, I felt it was an amazingly original addition to the magical realism genre.
The entire story is told between Ida’s first person narrative and that of Damaras who is tasked with finding the ‘original Ida’ and stopping her from slipping back and forward in her timeline due to the problems it is causing. Apart from a very slightly slow period in the narrative just towards the end of the novel, I just loved it.
hey peeps! I’m Alison, I’m 24 and from Melbourne, which is the best city.
I write many things, mostly tweets over at @_budgie. I’ve also got a tumblr and a facebook, it’d be super rad if you followed me.
My first book is Long Macchiatos and Monsters which is about cute trans people kissing and being nerds about sci-fi and coffee.
I also am co-editor of Concrete Queers, a zine about fun queer stuff.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.