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Ida - Alison Evans

Paperback Published: 1st January 2017
ISBN: 9781760404383
Number Of Pages: 176

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How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other twentysomethings to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she's actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she's considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she's discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

Ida is an intelligent, diverse and entertaining novel that explores love, loss and longing, and speaks to the condition of an array of overwhelming, and often illusory, choices.

About the Author

Alison Evans writes about people who don’t know what they want, relationships and Melbourne. They are co-editor of Concrete Queers, a maker of zines and a lover of bad movies. Their work has been published in various Australian and international magazines, lit journals and zines.

Review by Emily Meredith

Ida perfectly encompasses that in-between feeling you get when you’re not sure what your next step will be.

Ida, the titular character, has just finished school and isn’t sure what direction to go in. She’s just surviving, but sometimes she isn’t – near-death experiences seem to follow her. Luckily, she can jump backwards in time and change her choices. But lately, this power hasn’t been working right…and suddenly, a government official is taking a keen interest in Ida.

With an incredibly diverse cast of characters, Alison Evans has written a marvellous story about a difficult time in a young adult’s life and identity. My only complaint – I wanted more!

An interesting premise. Riveting writing.


One of the most interesting novels I have read for a long time.

Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia


Brilliant, young author


IDA is a novel about a young person who has just finished uni & feels they haven't made their way in the world & not sure how to make their way in the world. Things are comfortable and relatively easy for Ida as she can use her ability to skip into parallel universes to go back in time to resolve issues, big & small. The problem starts when she uses this ability to skip too often. Ida just wants her life back the way it was with all the good & bad & indifferent in it. How did it get this painful & complicated? This brilliant novel is an easy, enjoyable read for young adults or any adult for that matter, and the sci fi aspect gives it an interesting twist. The Melbourne locations are familiar and it's great to read about them. Alison Evans has used they/them gender neutral pronouns relating to 1 character. This must not have been easy to write, (& takes a bit of getting used to as a reader), but was obviously important to them. This makes Alison a pioneer in a sense. I loved the book & would love to read more from Alison.



Important fiction story for teens


Great book!




5.0 3


ISBN: 9781760404383
ISBN-10: 1760404381
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st January 2017
Publisher: Bonnier Echo
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7