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This Changes Everything

(The Spanners #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Are YOU ready for the changes? The five alien delegates from the Many Worlds Collective (MWC) come in hologram form to the selected liaison for Earth, Clara Branon, Ph.D., 58, for the first time on December 21, 2012, after several millennia of mostly secret visits and contact with Earthers. Members of the MWC InterGalactic Council decide that a liaison, dubbed the Chief Co ...more
ebook, 323 pages
Published December 19th 2013 by Sally Ember, Ed.D.
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Janice Ross
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After having completed Sally Ember’s “This Changes Everything”, I immediately reached out to the author. Here’s the thing, from the beginning of this work, I couldn’t help but doubt all that I know to be true. From the very existence of alien forms, multiple timelines, alternate universes, the idea of being able to reset events and so much more. As a matter of fact, in preparing my review, I almost referred to Sally Ember as Clara Brannon. I’ll explain.

What Ember has created is a fascinating con
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm lying a little bit here, as I did not finish this book. Chalk it up there with the two other tomes I've ever put down and not picked back up.

This thing is horrifically written. I made it all of 10% through the book and gave up, because I don't have time in my life for this. The main character, who is supposed to be a liaison between aliens and earth talks like an ignorant teenager ("humans have always been massively violent"), the explanaitions of the multiverse are slipshod at best, and whe
Josephine O'Brien
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I have finished the book and have to say it one of the most challenging, exciting and original book I've read. To any one thinking of dismissing it as 'odd or disjointed' it well repays reading on. Try it!
Lynda Dietz
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was recently given a pre-pub e-copy of This Changes Everything (Volume 1 of The Spanners Series) in exchange for an honest review.

What if the world as we know it isn’t exactly as we’d always believed? What if we’re not the only sentient beings in the universe? What if the universe were not “only” a universe, but a “multi-verse” where many timelines occurred simultaneously?

The book’s title really says it all: this changes everything. Clara Branon is visited by the holograms of alien beings one
Zach Tyo
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This Changes Everything by Sally Ember is a sci-fi epic that takes the science to a new level. It centers around a heroin who has been selected to learn the secrets of the universe, and to spread that knowledge to all mankind.

The idea is solid and Ember manages to incorporate and write in the concept of multiple universes/timelines into the book. It seems, at first, to create a story filled with confusion, but everything is written seamlessly and is relatively easy to understand.

I recommend this
Oct 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Absolutely awful. Terrible writing, completely unbelievable in every way and so far up herself I couldn't stand it. I lost an hour of my life. ...more
J.B. Garner
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok

Every once in a while, I feel like I have to break the rules set down for me by the Starving Reviews, LLC corporate office. So far, I have restrained myself because, well, I'm starving, darn it! I need this literary sustenance to flow and I dare not cut off my biggest supplier. Today, though, I may wind up breaking that creed, as today's long-delayed culinary snack can't be dissected without some SPOILERS!

This Changes Everything is, on the surface, a science fiction
Alexander Crommich
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This Changes Everything by Sally Ember – Review

This is one of those strange books that was, on the one hand, difficult to read, but on the other, fascinating. The basic premise is that a school teacher deeply involved in Buddhism (and who accidentally views parallel and potential realities) gets visited by representatives from the MWC, a vast community of intelligent species. She is chosen as their chief liaison to the human race since, given the state of the Earth, they doubt Earth can survive
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally, a Sci-Fi Series that is not exclusively aimed at teenager. Don't get me wrong, there is a market and this book can be read by everyone. But it does challenge you mentally. What I like is that the main characters are not teenagers caught in some intergalactic wars.

Dr Clara Ackerman Branon, a middle aged Ph.D. school teacher, narrates the book (in most parts). She gets contacted by aliens from the MWC = Many World Collective. Led, Mick, Ringo and Janis - Diana (as Clara names them *geddi
Carrie F.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I started reading this book I was extremely confused. The initial writing style is uniquely jumbled and somewhat difficult to follow. However, I believe that this is somewhat intentional based on the first concept initiated within the story—everything happens all at once. Time is not linear, but expansive. Once I understood that this was one of the major messages being shared within the book (note, I do not believe that sharing this will be giving a spoiler as it’s pretty clear within the fir ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
DNF - 0 stars

Where I stopped reading: location 418 of 2632 in my eBooks app

Why I stopped reading: It was too much.

There were too many characters, too many acronyms, too many tenses. Too much of me wondered which reality was true – the one where “Clara” writes a fictional account of her alien encounters, the one where “Clara” writes a true account of her experiences, or the one where Ms. Ember struggles so much to find the truth that we, as readers, are left to question her own sanity. I’ll say t
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This Changes Everything by Sally Ember is a fantastic science fiction read. Her characters are well rounded and strong. The main character, Clara, is chosen by a vast community of intelligent species (Aliens), to be their chief liaison to the human race. The aliens in this book are friendly and have come to help the people of Earth, rather than trying to take over it.

This book is not a light read. The reader must pay close attention to what is taking place to keep up with the story. The reader h
Devorah Fox
Dec 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some books are like a train. I hop on and let it take me for a ride, I just go where it goes. Spanners asked me to get in the engine compartment and help the conductor. I felt that I had to sign on to the concepts and by believing, be part of the story. I liked what the author was trying to do by writing in the present tense. It never stopped bringing me up short. However every time I had to reorient myself I found myself thinking about time and how it's just a construct. I also appreciated the ...more
Sandra Love
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Changes Everything (The Spanners #1)
By: Sally Ember
Stars: 5 Wonderful Stars
First, I received a copy of this book exchange for an honest review. I really did enjoy this book I thought it was intriguing, brilliant and it held my interest from page 1 until the last word. I love reading about Clara Branon, who was visited by aliens one night, and wow it got very exciting. I truly believe in aliens and other worlds so this book was a book I would have read anyways. The details that Sally put int
Julie Powell
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, this is certainly a different kind of read. This original story is written very well, with an unusual main charcter - one who is chosen as a facilitator of sorts between aliens and Earth.

Some of it is first person, other parts from accounts - a very unusual mix and yet it works.

An interesting and thought provoking read for those who enjoy something different.
Daniel Dawson
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really want to enjoy this book, and I am currently about half way through. I think the author's style of writing is very interesting, although difficult to follow. Reads more like a teenagers diary. I gave 4 and not 5 since it seems the author often throws in her own political stand points, ultra left wing and religious views which sometimes feel a bit pseudoscience. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This book has a good storyline but for me it was a little hard to follow. I enjoyed the idea and I think I understood the book in some instances but others lost me. But I think Sci-fi sometimes will do this to me anyway. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
John Betts
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found the first two chapters hard going but the content in these made the rest of the book easy to follow and enjoyable, good interaction and well written
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is written terribly. It is a shame because the concept is interesting. And I am even a fan of switching the perspective every chapter. But the author never takes the plot anywhere and it’s such a slog to get through.
Robyn Andrew
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s original, unique and clever! Onto the next one
Sally Ember
Book clubs, teachers, librarians: Free ebooks (contact me for coupon code) from author for your participants/students! TCE is a great discussion-starter and research-inspiration for upper-reading level middle/high school students and college students as well as adults interested in these topics: history, politics, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, psychology, paranormal/psychic abilities, gender/sexual orientation identities, religion (Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity), social change, utopia, m ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, abandoned
dnf @ 16%
Far too many very long holier than thou lectures ... over and over again. The dialogue doesn't ring true in any way, in fact at first I wondered if it was translated (poorly) from another language. I could go on but life is too short.
Celesta Thiessen
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I couldn't connect with the main character, the story moved too slow for me and the way it was written made it impossible for me to get into the story. ...more
Hildy DeFrisco
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book and read everything. I gave up but maybe I will try again later since so many people loved it!
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Sally Ember, Ed.D., has been passionate about writing since she was nine years old. She’s won prizes for her poetry, stories, songs and plays. She began meditation in her teens. Now, Sally delights fans of paranormal and romance by blurring the lines between fact and fiction in a multiverse of multiple timelines, often including exciting elements of utopian science fiction and Buddhism.

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