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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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ARC Review: The Corridor by A.N. Willis (Earthling Sophia is Happy)

The Corridor by A.N. Willis

The Corridor #1
A.N. Willis
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Reviewer: Sophia

Infinite worlds. Endless possibilities . . .

Stel Alaster has never known life without the Corridor. It appeared suddenly seventeen years ago, the only portal to a parallel version of our world—Second Earth. Everyone on First Earth fears Mods, the genetically modified Second Earthers who built the Corridor. They are too smart, too strong, and have powers that can’t be controlled. Any Mod found on First Earth is branded, then detained in the Corridor’s research labs.

Only Stel has a dangerous secret. She has a power, too: She can open a portal to Second Earth . . . and several other parallel universes she’s discovered. If anyone ever finds out, she’ll be imprisoned, no better than a Mod or common lab rat.

But when the Corridor starts to fail, emitting erratic bursts of energy that could destroy First Earth, Stel must risk everything to save the people and world she loves. With the help of an escaped Mod and an infuriatingly arrogant boy from a third universe, Stel sets out to unravel the mysteries of the Corridor and stabilize it before it’s too late. The fate of every world lies in the balance. . . .
Advanced copy provided by Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley for review – thanks!

It seems, that books relating to parallel universes are like mermaid books and contemporary books: I either get along with them, or I don't get along with them.

It's no brainer that a book involving parallel universes as A Thousand Pieces of You and The Corridor have would be extremely scientific in its explanation. An information dump is (or maybe just a dumbing down of information) bound to happen if the authors want me to make sense of their parallel universes.

But somehow, I enjoyed a story concocted by A.N. Willis far more than a story concocted by Claudia Gray (parallel universes related – I DO like Claudia Gray's other works), even if my first thoughts reading the first chapter was, "Oh, no. Parallel universes. Please don't disappoint me, A.N. Willis."

I find that I'm actually not disappointed – I really enjoyed the first book in the Corridor series, and I was pretty engrossed with Willis' writing. I wanted to know more than what the author actually wrote – Estele's power, Dr. Taber's betrayal years ago. I even found myself interested in the science of the universes that the scientists were seeing and the different "Earths" Estele visits using her power. And I am not generally a science person, regardless of the fact I think Chemistry is easy and passed it with a fabulous A-.

(Maybe I'm a chemistry kid rather than a physical science or biology kid. I guess I can't run away from math after all. What if I'm an accountant one day?!?!?! I won't complain, of course, since it's baby math...)

There were moments that I found myself confused on which Earth the characters were talking about – each world has different names for each of the other Earth. The original Earth simply went with First Earth, Second Earth, and possibly so and so forth if they found any more. Estele went with calling First Earth and Second Earth whatever the scientists called them, and came up with names that were significant to that Earth when she first visits. Another version of Earth was further advanced and found more twelve Earths in total, and went with the zodiac in naming each of them. I found that while the more advanced Earth was far more complicated, Estele's version seemed to make things a lot more clearer in matching up the Earths.

Possibly the biggest difference between A Thousand Pieces of You and The Corridor was how Marguerite actually uses a device while Estele somehow has a power to travel across worlds. I personally found that really cool and interesting, and as mentioned earlier, I wanted to know more about that power as much as Estele did.

By the time I actually got to the end of the book, I was pretty disappointed... in a good way. I suppose Willis did disappoint me after all. I honestly have no clue where the author is going with the series, but I'm hoping the sequel will be just as good as the first one is.

4.5 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.