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The Drafter by Kim Harrison ARC (2 stars)

I was looking for some adult urban fantasy/sci-fi at BEA in May and ran across Kim Harrison's The Drafter. I haven't read anything else by Harrison, and I can't say I'm jumping at the idea after the issues I had with this one. It reminded me very strongly of a YA book I read last year, ACID by Emma Pass; and that wasn't a good thing.

This ARC was provided by the publisher for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Drafter by Kim Harrison
Series: The Peri Reed Chronicles #1
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy/Sci-fi
Published on September 1, 2015
Published by Gallery Books
Final Rating: 2 stars
Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote.

When Peri discovers her name on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. She joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her final task, unable to trust even herself.

Kim Harrison is known for her urban fantasy series. The Drafter falls into more sci-fi territory but still features a group of powered or "special" people living among regular humans--in this case, living secret lives and doing secret spy/assassin work.

I was strongly reminded of ACID, a YA read, in that both books feature protagonists facing frequent memory loss/rewriting who help guys rebelling against the big, evil agency; and neither makes smart decisions. If I'm regularly losing large chunks of memory, am I a) blindly accepting whatever people tell me as gospel, or b) documenting everything so I can verify it later and checking out everything (including the science behind my condition and what should/shouldn't happen)? I'll give you one guess which one Peri picks and how it turns out. If she paid half as much attention to the facts and her life as she did fashion, instead of blindly trusting people she doesn't remember meeting, she wouldn't be in half as much trouble. And, while obviously the time-bending girl is special, is there any guy who doesn't want her? Seriously, 90% of the male cast has either slept with her or is dying to do so. Can I get just one guy who couldn't care less whether she lives or dies?

There were so many logic gaps. I wasn't clear on how/why this time stuff worked the way it did, particularly for the people altering time and then forgetting. A number of big decisions made no sense to me, which in turn made the plot feel ridiculous; and, no spoilers, but the ending felt like a deus ex machina combined with a forced plot direction that, again, didn't make sense. All the questions piling up pulled me out of the story and made it very difficult to connect with the characters and their motivations and decisions.

If you're looking for a quick easy read with a bit of romance, a bit of suspense and a bit of science fiction, you'll probably enjoy The Drafter. Just be prepared not to think too hard about anything.


  1. Hmmm, nope, not for me, it seems! I hadn't heard of it anyway, so it's not a losing situation for me. Too many questions unanswered and forced plot arcs and logic gaps = no bueno! I haven't read Acid but I really wanted to read it at some point, but meh, probably never will.

    Great review, Kel! Good luck with all things law related, I know the school season is coming up ;)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yeah, I can't say you're missing much by skipping those two. Sad, but true. :(

      Thanks! Classes start on Monday. O.O;;; Best of luck to you in the new semester, too! Not that you need it. ;)

  2. I agree with Alyssa. I hadn't heard of this one and won't be making an effort to look for it now. Rewriting memories makes for too complicated a read.

    1. I've seen messed-up-memory stories done well. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them. :(