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Resonance by Chris Dolley
Cover Artist: Allan Pollack
Review by Gayle Surrette
Baen Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521341
Date: 22 May 2007 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

[Editor's Note: We're re-running our review from the January 2006 issue.]

In Resonance by Chris Dolley, Graham Smith has learned to adapt to a world that occasionally unravels and changes. As a young child he learned not to ask about people who'd disappeared, neighbors whose houses changed during the night to a business or empty lot.. He learned it was better to be silent rather than say the wrong thing. As an adult, Graham is an obsessive-compulsive who has rituals for everything and never talks to anyone if a nod or shake of the head will do. He leaves himself notes so that he'll know where he lives and works. He's developed strategies to deal with the changing personnel at work. He knows that people think he is dumb and weird, but not dangerous. He also knows that he has to be careful because the world changes if you're not careful and he believes that if he pays attention to the details he can keep the world from changing. Then Annalise Mercado plops into his life.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Graham Smith is a 33 year-old office messenger. To the outside world he's an obsessive-compulsive mute - weird but harmless. But to Graham Smith, it's the world that's weird. And far from harmless. He sees things others can't . . . or won't. He knows that roads can change course, people disappear, office blocks migrate across town. All at night when no one's looking. The world's an unstable place, still growing, sloughing off layers of reality like dead skin. One day you drive by, and it's changed.

Annalise Mercado hears voices, all from girls calling themselves Annalise. Sometimes she thinks they're spirit guides, sometimes she thinks she's crazy. But then they start telling her about Graham Smith and the men who want to kill him. That's when they meet. So begins the story of two people whose lives are fragmented across alternate realities. And how they hold the key to the future of a billion planets. . . .

(Source: Baen)

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