I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Corridor by A. N. Willis
Series: The Corridor #1
Published by Alloy Entertainment on June 23, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
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. . . .
This might not be that long of a review but I just really didn’t like this book. I’ve never read a multi-dimensional book before but the premise of The Corridor sounded awesome. Literally you’re traveling from one dimension of Earth to another. But that is such a big concept and the end result was just…small. And I’m not really a negative review kind of gal, but I received this for review so I’m just going to be honest.
I think my biggest problem with this book is its measly 208 pages. Sure this amount could work (and does work) for many, many books. Heck, some phenomenal books are half this size. But in 208 pages, this concept of a portal between dimensions is introduced, explored, and then concluded. Well, no not concluded because there’s going to be a sequel. Buuuut there was just too much to take on.
The first chapter introduces Stel sitting in front of the Corridor, the portal that just showed up in the Rocky Mountains one day because people in Earth’s second dimension (Second Earth) built it, leaving their planet destroyed. All of a sudden the Corridor surges power and and blacks out the city…but leaves Stel with glowing blue circles on her palms which gives her the ability to open portals between her hands. Then the chapter’s over. And you’re just like “Whaaaaat’s happening!” (Which can be a very good reaction for the first chapter).
And then the next chapter starts and it’s six months later. And nothing is ever explained about those six months other than her father losing his job. But what did she do in those six months? Go exploring new lands? I want to explore those with her! Because when she did go to the different worlds, she had already seen some of them and I wasn’t experiencing the newness with her. And after those six months, she kept talking about how she didn’t know who that girl she used to be was. And this statement meant nothing to me. Because the girl she “used to be” was only introduced in like four pages. Also her power doesn’t make sense to me. View Spoiler »It only appeared after this surge of the Corridor, but later she learns her real father was a Mod (a genetically-modified Second Earther with powers) was also able to open portals and so she inherited it from him…Except why didn’t she have it her entire life then? That doesn’t make sense to me. « Hide Spoiler
And there were too many characters among too many worlds. Just too many. I never got close or felt anything for anyone because she would have to switch back and forth between worlds so often that I never got to know any of them.
I feel like if I keep going, I’m just going to reiterate everything I’ve already said, so I’m just going to conclude here. This book just took on too many things in too short of pages. I think I would’ve liked it if we had gotten to explore more. Gotten to know the characters. Gotten to figure out this complex world for myself. But we didn’t get that. Instead we received flat characters, plot holes, and an annoying narrator.
Maybe some people will enjoy this, but it just wasn’t for me.