Someday by David Levithan
Reviewed by Christina
Every day a new body. Every day a new life. Every day a new choice.
Since A was born, life has always meant waking up in a different person’s body everyday.
Never the same body. A has always believed he was alone, and no one else lived a life
But A is wrong. There are others. Others who have used their abilities to pass from body
to body with more evil intentions, intentions beyond simply living out their day the best
they could. Others who have figured out how to stay in that body for longer periods of
time. Others who have murdered their hosts then left with no consequence.
There are tricks. Things A has the capacity to do that would enable him to stay in one
body. A could be with Rhiannon, the love of his life, for longer than a single day at a
time. Their relationship could become permanent. They could be constant.
But at what cost?
A could never harm another being. But when another bodyswapper Xenon reaches out
to A, A has to wrestle between love and loneliness. A is not alone in this world. There is
someone like A. But who is that someone, and what is he capable of? When you are
placed in a situation where your actions are not linked to responsibility, how do you act?
Do you remain good and moral, or do you act in a destructive way? These are questions
that I must think about myself. Would I try to take advantage?
sThough Someday is a sequel to the more famous Every Day , it is as beautifully written
if not more than the first. What I enjoyed most about Someday are the different
perspectives Levithan approached. My favorite was when I would slip into the mind of
another bodyswapper and experience how it lived.
I rate Someday a 10/10. As I was reading, I would always wonder how this book would
end, because the situation A and Rhiannon were in seemed to have no solution. A would
always travel from body to body. Rhiannon would never and should never give up her
own life in Maryland for A. I didn’t know how they could be together or if they should be
together. The character that intrigued me the most was Xenon, a fellow bodyswapper
with evil intentions to the bodies he possessed. However, Xenon’s friendship with A was
real and his loneliness is real. All he wants is someone to talk to, and I almost begin to
sympathize with him. However, my worries were unwarranted, because Levithan tied
the ending together with a perfect knot, one that contained woe but left no regrets.
I would recommend Someday to romance and science fiction lovers. The supernatural
experiences described in Someday explores deep questions about human nature that
I’m sure we have wondered before such as: What is a soul? And what makes us human?