Title: Palimpsest (Multiple Dimension State #1)
Author: Craig Herdern
The young Lucinda Soames-Parker, brought up in a dysfunctional family environment, discovers a terrible truth when she joins a drug trial.
Gaining access to the hidden multiverse highway, the domain of infinite doppelganger universes, endowing unlimited possibilities for all those that enter, Lu begins a journey where she meets some of the worst of humankind.
From Jack the Ripper and the seventeenth century Blood Countess of Galicia to the Nazi Bitch of the Lubelski death camps and the family she thought she knew…
When Lucinda has no choice but to join a drug trial, she stumbles across the impossible: the multiverse is real and so are her chances of meeting dozens if not hundreds of terrible creatures. Where will she end up and will she ever get the chance to go home again? More importantly, will she want to?
You know those books that sit with you long after you’ve read The End? This is one of those books. I’ve always been a sucker for multi-universe stories and this was that and so much more. While the sci-fi part of the book doesn’t start to blossom around the fifth chapter or so, it is an amazing change of pace. With it comes so much more including murder and adventure. I’d say that in one way or another, just about every genre makes an appearance. That’s part of what made Lucinda’s journey so awesome.
Lucinda herself was an easy to relate to character. Her family, a class of high society characters, were definitely dysfunctional, and it made it all to easy to understand why Lucinda was the way that she was.
The prose concerning string theory and the multiverse was very well-fleshed out. Not in a way that made it difficult to understand, but also without leaving out any important details. I adored this part of the book. I’ve done research into these categories myself and seeing the application of them in such a fantastic adventure titillated the nerd in me.
Even though this book is on the longer side, it is a must read for all fans of science fiction. Again, at the beginning, it seems to have a different genre, but don’t let that fool you. This is an immersive read, one that will pull you in and won’t let you go again.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.