Book Review: Ida by Alison Evans – A Young Adult Science Fiction With A Lot Of Unrealized Potential
Author: Alison Evans
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
I received this book via NetGalley for free in return for an honest review
There is a way to do a first person, present tense narrative right. It takes a specific skill, however, which most Authors who choose this type of storytelling do not seem to have, and Ida is another example of such.
While it was not a completely terrible book, I have read worse, it was not as engaging and entertaining as I expected from the premise. It showed all of the right promises, but the choice of perspective took me out of the story on so many occasions, that I felt disconnected, rather than emerged, which is what I am looking for when reading a fiction novel.
That said, the Author did manage to create a few positive aspects within this book. The first one I need to mention is the diversity of the cast – I loved that. Crossing racial and gender boundaries in a marvelous way made up for some of the choppiness of plot. I wish more Authors would be brave enough to tackle gender-fluid characters and embrace with the same warmth Alison has in Ida.
While that aspect added to the charm, the time-traveling added to the confusion and was not well executed. I get that the Author was trying to work with the main character’s confusion, but it only left me confused, without getting any real resolution.
I guess, what irked me the most about Ida is that it had so much potential. I was hoping for a lot more and felt like I was robbed of what could have been a beautiful reading experience with the right execution.
2.5 out of 5 Stars
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 doppelgänger 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?
Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.