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Into the Parallel

(Parallelogram #1)

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(Book 1 of 4) NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE ME.
But I know I did it. I was there. If she's real--and I know she is--I just have to prove it. Go there again and this time bring something back. Like a strand of her hair or a piece of her fingernail.
SOMETHING WITH HER DNA ON IT. TO PROVE THAT SHE IS ME.

High school senior and amateur physicist Audie Masters has discovered what no
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Published July 9th 2011 by Ryer Publishing (first published May 1st 2011)
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oliviasbooks
Interesting. But, Robin, that kind of cliffhanger is really unforgivable - combined with the publication date of the sequel scheduled for August 2012*, which is year from now if one doesn't have Audie's universe manipulating mind skills.

*edit: The human mind IS a powerful thing. because sequels that are announced on the last page of the first book are usually published a year later, my subconsciousness substituted the number 2011 that is plainly there for everybody to see with 2012. I still
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Kate
I would have given this 2 stars only I can't stop reading this series so I guess it warrants another star for being compelling.

Otherwise, it's the kind of book that makes me crazy with not being able to suspend my disbelief. You'll notice I tagged it fantasy even though it definitely wants to be sci-fi. Also it's a young adult novel, which isn't its fault, I just tend to be irritated by young adult protagonists.

So first, the main character is a girl (Audie) who is terrible at math but great at
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Steph Su
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: wtf-covers, e-book
Robin Brande takes readers into a new dimension—literally—with her YA sci-fi, INTO THE PARALLEL. While various elements of the story, such as plot and characters, don’t feel as tight as her YA contemporary novels, INTO THE PARALLEL is nevertheless an enjoyable story that draws only lightly on advanced scientific concepts.

The majority of INTO THE PARALLEL unfolds through dialogue: Audie talking to Hallie and trying to figure out what’s going on, Audie talking to the professor, Audie lying to her
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Carly
Jun 27, 2011 added it
Shelves: 2011, tbf-author
I don't even know where to begin reviewing Robin Brande's latest book, so let me start with this: it was, like everything she has written, excellent. "Into the Parallel" had the same spot-on characterization, emotion, and dialogue that I have come to expect from Brande, but it also added aspects of reality that read like fantasy to mix. "Into the Parallel" will undoubtedly satisfy both fantasy fans and the contemporary realistic fiction crowd with it's mix of quantum physics that seems too crazy ...more
Faith
I realize that this might sound slightly hyperbolic but Robin Brande is one of the best writers I have ever read. I am talking Top 10. There is just something about her writing that makes me happy. I first discovered her when she was a debut novelist with her book Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature and I have been a stalwart fan ever since. Evolution was followed by Fat Cat, then DogGirl and then a series of short stories. Each one better than the last.

One of my favorite things about Robin
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Mathew Walls
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is just really dumb. The 17-year-old protagonist is supposedly terrible at maths (like, grade 6 maths) but somehow really good at physics, and she wants to get into a particular university to study physics with Professor not-Stephen-Hawking, but unfortunately he considers maths to be important for some reason. So her plan to get around this is to prove the existence of parallel universes by meditating so hard she transports herself into one. This works, naturally.

But as well as the
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Sheila Beaumont
Terrific book! I totally enjoyed this fun, imaginative, suspenseful tale of a 17-year-old girl, an aspiring physicist, who finds her way to a parallel universe, where she meets her counterpart in that universe. It's a pleasure to read a book that's so well-written, with such interesting characters and excellent dialogue. It's a very entertaining, fascinating science fiction novel that also includes romance, dogs, and lots of twists and turns. It ends in quite a cliffhanger, so be ready to ...more
Kerri
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Who knew reading about quantum physics could be so fun? I really liked the main character and enjoyed the writing style of the author. I also enjoyed finding out what the people in the alternate universe were like as compared to their characters in the "real world" of the book. I will definitely be downloading the second one in this series and I currently have another of Brande's books, Fat Cat, waiting for me at the library. I think I found a new author to read!
Julian
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
Meh..I've actually quite enjoyed the book, that is until Audie meets up with the Professor and parallel universes all of a sudden (view spoiler) ...more
Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lets start off by saying I HATE PHYSICS. My Father was a Ph.d in quantum physics and would go on and on and on about it, even as a asmall child my Father could not even help me with my math homework as it wold turn into a 5 hr lecture of how numbers came to be in the Arab world, etc. and my teacher forbade me from asking him after many times of not having homework to turn in... Funny now but not at the time... Anyway I almost did not get this book and within an hr into reading this I was on the ...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
This was such a perfect read at a perfect time for me. Robin Brande writes in such an awesome straightforward manner. I love how it felt like Audie, the main character, was speaking right to the reader. The best thing about this book is that there's actually science behind the science fiction. Most books to do with parallel worlds or time travel tend to gloss over the specifics, but Brande brings scientific theories right to the foreground. No worries, though, if you're not a science geek. ...more
Jeanine
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Awaiting my First Reads copy, I can't wait to dive into a new series!

What a great concept for a series, I loved it. Being the geek that I am, I even loved the science behind the universe hopping. The characters are well developed and the idea that your 'mirror' self in another universe might be very different from you was a great way to play out this concept.

Audie is a terrific narrator, and the way Robin Brande writes her inner dialogue is funny and endearing. I found myself chuckling and
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Liam Smith
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I debated between giving this 2 stars or not.

There was some good stuff here. However sadly I think the bad kinda outweighed it:

1) The book just stops out of nowhere. No resolution or nada. Felt more like I was reading the first part of a book.
2) There's something the character does, which look, I get part of it, the guy she has a crush offers her a drink and she admits it's lame and pathetic and weird but she doesn't wipe off the straw deliberately so it's like they're kissing. THAT I could have
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Tim
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: electronic
A fun Young Adult novel about finding a parallel universe full of familiar faces with different personalities. The protagonist is hoping to apply to a prestigious Ivy League university to study physics, especially quantum theory. When a chance discussion about yoga, meditating and "vibrations" chimes with quantum string theory and vibrations, we're off on our journey of exploration.

I would have enjoyed the book more if there was more plot and less worrying about copping off - more literature and
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Lorena
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
"NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE ME. But I know I did it. I was there. If she's real--and I know she is--I just have to prove it. Go there again and this time bring something back. Like a strand of her hair or a piece of her fingernail. SOMETHING WITH HER DNA ON IT. TO PROVE THAT SHE IS ME. High school senior and amateur physicist Audie Masters has discovered what no other physicist has been able to prove: that parallel universes do exist, and there is a way to journey into them. She also discovers ...more
ILoveBooks
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered if there are "copies" of you in alternate realities? This novel answers that very question. The main character is somewhat of a prodigy, she is forever inquisitive and has a tendency for getting herself into tight situations. When she finds her parallel self living in another reality, she has to explore the other's life. However, things are literally not always what they seem. The main character is in more trouble than she realizes, the reader follows this exciting story ...more
Imatoothlessfan;3
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I absolutely Loved reading this book. I couldn't put it down! But I think(and i don't think im the only one) that the star that is missing is because of the cliffhanger but it doesn't mean that the cliffhanger was bad not at all. I was so excited for the next book! I love Daniels character. Hes so nice and sweet :3 the only thing i didn't like about it was (for me) it was a little hard to follow the part where Audie sort of saves Halli but gets put into her body. Other than that, i loved the ...more
Istahil A
This book is simply about the main characters Audie and Hallie meeting each other in parallel a parallel Universe and the odd thing is that they look almost exactly alike. They are so fasanated and intrigued that they explore each others worlds and lives in their parallel Universes while lying to the people they know.
I loved the book. It was so breath taking adventurous and cool in my opinion, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book soon; I’m really eager to start reading the second
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Theo
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fun read. Audie is a real person. The whole trying to get in to the college she thinks is the best is real life. I could go on and on about her life, you laugh or cry at the way she thinks through things. Then when she meets Halli and everything changes. Audie's ordinary life is no more. How many dream that our ordinary lives would change? Again her reaction to her new life is so real. What would you do? If you are looking for a new type of story read this book and then the whole ...more
Kelsey
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.*

I really enjoyed this book. I don't think I've ever read a book about a parallel universe, so this was new for me. It was really interesting and I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen. It was a good book and easy to get into.

I feel smarter after reading this book. I learned a lot about physicist theories and things like that. That almost for me when I read.
Joanne
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Imagine if you met yourself, but it wasn't in the mirror!

If you like science or even wonder about the possiblility of other universes, this smart, funny and really interesting book is for you. I've been looking forward to this book for a while and it was definitely worth the wait. Not only is it a fun and clever read, but it makes you think about your place in the universe and what makes you uniquely YOU. Plus, there is a nice dog and hot guys in it, so what more could you ask for?
Amy Vaterlaus
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am wondering a few things about certain aspects to the physics being used in this book but I'm hoping that they may be answered in the next book. I found this read enjoyable and not hard to follow, as I was told by a fellow reader that they were lost. I am interested to see where this 2nd book takes us now that Audie has taken over Halli's body.
Traci
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, first-reads, sci-fi
*I received this book through Goodreads first reads.*

I enjoyed Robin Brande's version of parallel worlds and how one girl is able to travel from her dimension into another. I thought it was very original that she mixed mediation and even astral projection with science to create the portal for Audie to travel through. I'm looking forward to starting her second book in the series.
Ellie
I thought this book was pretty amazing. I was thrilled when I found out I won the whole signed series. This book was great. I loved how Audie defies so many laws of physics. She is a true rebel. Halli is a great strong character.
Sara
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Tara Walker
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait for #2!!
Krista McCracken
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting premise around alternative universes. The cliffhanger ending was abrupt and seemed out of place with the rest of the book.
Beth
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, series, own, ebook
The science stuff was over my head but the ending was sure gripping! Luckily I have the 2nd book available :)
Elizabeth
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
Into the Parallel is a great read. I beleive in this type of thing so it really drew me in I could not put the book down a must read ! Loved it!
Shannon
Jul 25, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.*
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Robin Brande is an award-winning author who writes in multiple genres, including fantasy, science fiction, young adult, romance, and nonfiction. Her young adult novels have been named Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

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