Now That Youre Here (Duplexity, Part I) By Amy K. Nichols

    In a parallel universe, the classic bad boy falls for the class science geek.
     
    One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body—his own, but different. Somehow, he’s crossed into a parallel universe. Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home. Then again, this Eevee—a girl who’d rather land an internship at NASA than a date to the prom—may be his only hope of getting home.
     
    Eevee tells herself she’s only helping him in the name of quantum physics, but there’s something undeniably fascinating about this boy from another dimension . . . a boy who makes her question who she is, and who she might be in another place and time.
     
    And, coming soon, Duplexity, Part II: While You Were Gone flips this story on its head and tells the tale of the alternate Danny and the alternate Eevee, living in Danny’s parallel world.

    The perfect blend of sci-fi and swoons, Now That You're Here is like no other book I've read. Riveting, romantic and utterly original, it kept me up late!  —Amie Kaufman, author of These Broken Stars


    From the Hardcover edition. Now That Youre Here (Duplexity, Part I)

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    Very Nice Book. Perfect Science Fiction.
    I'm going to read the next book right away. Here I go...... 9780385753906 A boy shows up at my door and sets off a series of events that shatters everything I understand about the universe.

    And my place in it.

    Danny has spent his entire life pushing back against the totalitarian restrictions his government has put in place to monitor citizens in the name of law and order. Sometimes that means putting up coded messages in graffiti on city walls. Danny knows that this kind of tagging is dangerous, but he's also positive that this will be the last time.

    Then everything blows up.

    When Danny wakes up he is still himself. But not quite. Longer hair, less muscle, and definitely not on the run. Things get even weirder when Danny realizes he recognizes the girl sitting next to him.

    Eevee is calm, collected, and knows exactly what she has to do to get the best grades to get into the best college and then get the best job. She doesn't know anything about Danny or why he seems to think he knows her as anything more than a classmate. She also doesn't know why this new version of Danny is making her question everything she thought she knew about her life.

    Thrown together by the most unlikely of circumstances, Danny and Eevee will have to work together to get Danny back home to his own universe before time runs out in Now that You're Here (2014) by Amy K. Nichols.

    Now That You're Here is Nichol's first novel. It is also the first Duplexity book. The second novel, While You Were Gone, will be a mirror image of Now That You're Here. It is slated for a 2015 release.

    Told in alternating chapters by Eevee and Danny, Now That You're Here is an interesting addition to the sub-genre of alternate universe stories. With action, romance and lots of science, this story is a great introduction to the world of YA science fiction as well as a dramatic story for anyone looking for their next impossible romance.

    Nichols populates the story with quirky characters including Eevee's parents and her best friend Warren. While Nichols makes several nods to diversity with a disabled parent (not seen in this novel but perhaps they will feature more largely in book two) as well as parents who were never marries. Both points were unbelievably welcome and refreshing. Unfortunately an entirely different character is revealed to have no lower legs with no references made to any concessions needed for such a disability (to the point that no one knew this character was disabled and they didn't even use a cane) which lowered the entire effort to lip service more than actual mindful inclusion.

    It's difficult to judge Now That You're Here on its own knowing that it is the first part of a duet. Ideally, many of the flaws in this novel will be smoothed over in the second volume. It seems likely that these stories are more a case of one book in two packages rather than two distinct stories. Nonetheless, readers only have one half of the story here which leaves many plot points to develop off page as Danny catches glimpses of his home universe and later explains what is happening to readers.

    The development of Eevee and Danny's relationship is similarly jarring as it lacks a basic foundation and instead escalates to all-out love very quickly. This abrupt shift in both characters' feelings also makes for some very murky character motivation as the story progresses.

    Set in present-day Arizona, Now That You're Here offers tantalizing hints of an alternate history and what it's like for Danny to live in his own universe. The dual-narrative structure also offers readers a very faceted view of the story that will likely expand even more when the companion novel is punished. This book is an obvious choice for readers looking for a sweet romance with a lot of action in any genre.

    Possible Pairings: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, A Crack in the Line by Michael Lawrence, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Parallel by Lauren Miller, Fair Coin by E. C. Myers, The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Pivot Point by Kasie West

    You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print 9780385753906 I am a happy book lover lately. Not that I'm ever unhappy to be a book lover, but slumps happen, bad books in a row happen, and it can get very frustrating. Lately, with one exception, I have been having great luck. Thankfully, that streak continues with Now That You're Here. Hence, I am a happy book lover!

    Eve Solomon and her best bud Warren are physics geeks. the search for geocache's, they talk physics and Star Wars and Elvish and Clingon. After school and weekends, they hang out with Mac, the physics teacher at their school, and talk physics and help him with welding projects. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. Danny Ogden is a street artist, working for Red December with his best friend Germ. Danny went to an art exhibit and was kissed by Eevee. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

    One day in class, Eevee is startled when Danny bolts upright in his seat and gasps for air. He looks at her, startled, before running out of the classroom. That night, he winds up at Eevee's house, broken and bruised, begging for help because she is the only person he knows. What he tells her makes her think he is a lunatic, but then.... something is different about Danny. Could he be telling her the truth?

    Now That You're Here is told in alternating POV's, Danny and Eve. Eve and Warren are trying to figure out how to get Danny home. But is that really what Danny wants? Or Eve? Does it really matter what either of them want?

    This was such a fascinating story. I loved the physics lessons, and the geekery in the story. It made me smile every time Warren pulled out the Spock. It was interesting to watch Danny try to make this alternate Danny's life his own, and maybe make it better for him. I loved watching Eve and Danny getting to know each other, and seeing that friendship turn into the sweetest of romances. And it broke my heart knowing that their hearts might very well be broken. Now That You're Here was a fast-paced thrill, with seriously wonderful characters who were relate-able; who I rooted for from page one. The science was interesting and not too advanced so that everyone can understand what is happening, and what is being said. The romance was sweet and honest, and one that I can easily root for. Never once did I feel myself getting bored. As a matter of fact, I had to make myself put the book down to get something to eat or run errands. And as soon as possible, the book was back in my hands.

    I loved this story of parallel worlds, parallel people. The writing was fantastic and flowed beautifully. The world-building, while maybe a little sparse, was still done extremely well. The POV switches were done perfectly. I never once had a hard time identifying who was speaking. This story was wonderful, and I loved every minute. I hope to see news about a sequel soon! The ending was heartbreaking, but perfect as the set-up for a sequel! I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone!

    Quotes

    These guys are hairy and rude and they stink. I wouldn't be surprised if they started picking mites off each other and eating them ~ Location 905, Kindle

    She flies the last few feet, falls against me, and before I can even catch my breath, my arms are full of awesome. 'I've got you.' My arms squeeze her tight as I kiss her face and hair. 'I thought you were gone.' Her cries echo off the overpass walls. 'I thought I was, too.' I look into her eyes. 'Don't let me go. Please. Don't. Let me. Go.' Then my mouth is on hers and her lips taste like saltwater tears. ~ Location 2631-2635, Kindle
    9780385753906 This is not a typical read for me. It is not that I have not read the occasional YA novel that I thought was interesting, either in concept or an author who interested me. In this case I met the author Amy Nichols briefly at a comic-con party. I was impressed by her knowledge of Science Fiction and clear obvious attention to science in her work. When she explained what this novel was about I knew I would want to check it out.

    Now That You're Here is not written with an audience like me in mind. This YA sci-fi novel has a sub-title 'When Worlds Collide Hearts Break.' I think the target audience is nerdy hopeless romantic teenage women. I am a nerdy hopeless romantic so that was more than enough for me. Some of the romance was syrupy sweet, but I kept in mind the target audience and was about to enjoy the story telling craft of the romantic elements.

    So keep in mind these romantic moments are woven into a ultra-nerdy tale of multiverses, alternate realities, Chaos Theory and super sciencey science fiction. The story follows Danny Ogden who is fighting for survival in a dystopic Phoenix Arizona when suddenly he is thrust into a reality - Maybe our reality. He wakes up in English class, and things are different. His parents are dead, he lives in a foster home, there is still a functioning democracy in america and the outsider artist he had a crush on Evee Solomon is a straight A student. Evee becomes his one hope, she is the one who believes him.

    Together two souls born in separate realities come to together to solve the mystery and seek a solution for Danny. Will he go home? If he does can he ever see Evee again?

    None of this works without excellently written characters. Nichols does lots of things well, she weaves a story that handles, character plot and complex science very well. The most impressive trick is doing all these things in a story that manages to make it a appealing to a young reader. I was super entertained and flew through this book in three commutes. I am looking forward to reading book two! 9780385753906 What a fun, fascinating and absolutely delightful story Amy K. Nichols’ NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE is. The science is presented in a way that is engaging and intriguing. The characters are likable, entertaining and utterly adorable. The author’s take on the multiverse will make you wish you could travel between universes. And the ending will make you wish you had the sequel.

    When Danny Ogden finds himself in a world that is completely different from his own except for a girl who looks exactly like the alluring girl he’d just met in his world, his only goal is to find a way to get back home to his family and his friends. But when he discovers that this alternate universe he landed in is not anything like the oppressive, danger-filled one he’s from and this girl is even more captivating than the girl he left behind, finding a way to stay becomes his new objective.

    Eevee Solomon has always loved math and science and for things to be ordered, precise, logical, absolute. But when the boy who’d never been anything more than an unresponsive seat-filler in her English class injects himself into her life, asking for her help and looking at her as if she’s someone worth looking at, someone beautiful, she can start to see the appeal of a life that is unpredictable and uncertain. Even if it means accepting the fact that when it comes to love there are no absolutes. Especially when the boy who has the potential to change her life so completely could disappear from it at any moment, taking her heart with him.

    Told in their alternating point’s of view, readers will get to know both characters, see what they’re up to when they’re not together, get peeks at Danny’s universe and learn the secrets that he’s keeping from Eevee about what’s really happening there.

    NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE is a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read filled with exciting and interesting concepts, touches of humor, suspense, mystery and light romance, and a storyline that promises even more action and excitement when flipped to the characters in the alternate universe.

    Amy K. Nichols’ debut brings together two unlikely characters for a completely absorbing, interdimensional love story and adventure that will appeal to readers who are intrigued by the possibility of multiple universes, who are thrilled with the idea of meeting different versions of an author’s characters, who prefer their science presented in a way that is easy to grasp, and who love their stories to continue beyond just one book.

    Original GR comments:
    What an amazing book. Loved the characters and the science. The ending is killer. Dying to know what happens for this Eevee and Danny and for the two in the other universe.

    A total one-sit-read. Love, love, loved it!

    Review TK. 9780385753906

    Parallel universe books are my kryptonite these days… they are so incredibly intriguing to me on so many levels… I mean, while the science of it is interesting, so is the idea of the many different possible worlds with different versions of the same people living different lives than the one you’re currently in. It’s just a bit mind boggling when you actually think of the possibilities.

    And Now That You’re Here really delves into that.

    We meet Danny first… running from the cops when an explosion happens. When he wakes up, The Phoenix he was living in doesn’t even slightly resemble the Phoenix that he’s currently in, and the life he’s now in is so completely different than the one he left. In this life his parents are dead, in this life he has no real friends, and in this life the Eevee he meets in class, bears no resemblance to the one he knows back home. He now has to depend on and earn the trust of people who know him as someone completely different.

    Eevee is the kind of girl I can get on board with … she’s super smart and interesting. In fact most of the characters in this book are super geeky and intelligent and they don’t apologize for it and they don’t try to change to fit in with the cool kids because they are already amazingly cool. So when Danny follows her home and explains what is going on she doesn’t really know what to think… this is a kid who isn’t quite a part of her crowd, but for some reason she feels a pull to help him. Even knowing what “Danny” did to her best friend doesn’t keep them from connecting.

    So there’s some romance and swoons here my friends. This Danny is drawn to Eevee and Nichols does a really good job at getting me to swoon when these two have their moments.

    “She sits on the handlebars to give her feet a rest from the pegs. Her dark hair streams toward me. I let the wheels laze to the left and then to the right, pedaling just fast enough to keep us moving forward. She grips the bar and her laughter rises up to the sky. No Spectrum. No checkpoints. Total freedom and perfect company. The sun is hot on my back and my leg muscles burn, but you couldn’t pay me to be anywhere else.”

    Let me chat about the science part of the story for a second… Like I said, the science of this somewhat interests me, but I don’t know if that is what drew me to the story so it was nice to not be overwhelmed with the facts. Nichols does an amazing job of making what she does include here understandable and she weaves the fiction and the fact wonderfully.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the pacing is well-done, the world-jumping isn’t confusing and the characters are wonderfully layered and intriguing. So intriguing that I’m super excited for the second book, the book that tells the story of the “other” Danny & Eevee living in this Danny’s life.

    If you’re looking for a story from a debut author that will have you riveted and wondering about the how’s and why’s, something that has wonderful swoons & sweet romance, something with exciting twists and turns that will have you guessing what’s happening until the very end, then you’ll definitely want to grab this one when it comes out.

    I’ll be over here eagerly waiting for Book 2!

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
    9780385753906 This book was awesomesauce. GIVE ME THE SEQUEL. 9780385753906 Why you should read it: I have read so many parallel universes lately and love each author's twist on the genre and the science behind it. Eevee and Danny are one of my new favorite YA couples. They are both smart, Eevee viciously so, and the way Danny describes her, how he sees her, just makes my heart melt. Watching them fall in love is a treat. Since we get to see each character in alternating chapters, it's easy to feel the pull between these two. I'm also super excited about the sequel because I hear it will be about the other Danny and Eevee. That's so interesting to think about. Danny's world is nothing like Eevee's, and those two will have a really cool story. I have already put it on my TBR list!

    Head over to the HEA blog to see what Amy's parallel universe would look like :)
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev... 9780385753906 Very mind-bendy! I've always been fascinated by the possibility behind multiple dimensions, and this book explores the science behind that theory while giving us a heaping dose of romance...which I also love! I wonder if a me in another dimension just finished reading alternate Amy's book. ;) 9780385753906 Ok, seriously I have tried to read this book about three times now. I first time I was not feeling it at all. So I stopped after about 5 chapters. Then I saw other people raving about this book and so I decided to try again. Nope it was not happening for me. Nothing about this other world excited me. Also, I found Danny and Eevee boring. Plus, what is with all of the talking. I need more action and adventure. Lastly, I tried this book again only this time I skipped ahead some and read some more. Nothing new had changed, There was still a lot of talking and I was still not intrigued by the characters and what was happening to them. 9780385753906