I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Corridor by A.N. Willis
Series: The Corridor, #1
Published by Alloy Entertainment on 2015-06-23
Length: 208 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
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. . . .
HOLY WOW!!! What a Ride!!! The Corridor by A.N. Willis is the first in a new young adult science fiction series about a girl and her ability to travel through other dimensions. Stel Alaster was an average girl until an electrical surge at the Corridor six months ago. Now she finds she has the ability to create a portal between her hands and travel to parallel universes. Only one problem with this, she can’t tell anyone what she’s discovered without revealing this anomaly. Add in an escaped Mod and a cute boy from another universe and you’ve got The Corridor.
A blinding burst of light swallowed me up inside it. In a split second, the whole train station had disappeared. Instead there were trees. Suddenly – impossibly – I was standing in the middle of a forest.
Estele, or Stel as she likes to be called now, is my new favorite character. She’s smart, a bit scared, and devoted to her family. When the accident happens, her life was seemingly perfect. Her father was the head of the Corridor, her brother had just been promoted to lieutenant of the Corridor guard, and Stel was working in the control room. Now six months later, her life is in shambles and she doesn’t know how to pick up the pieces.
I LOVE the world-building in this book! It’s intense and there’s a lot of it but I love how the author makes it believable and just a part of reality for Stel. In Stel’s world, there is First Earth (her universe) and Second Earth (the Mods’ universe). When Second Earth tried to create the Corridor as a way of contacting other parallel universes and to spread their knowledge of technology, they found First Earth and simultaneously destroyed their own. Stel’s entire world believes there’s only the two universes, but Stel with her power knows better.
I love her tentative exploration of her gift. It’s fascinating to learn along side Stel about the parallel universes, her portal ability, and to learn about the Mods. Mods are genetically modified humans from Second Earth. They have varying abilities (think X-Men-ish) and can be freakishly scary. Ana, an escaped Mod who Stel helps, has the ability to influence people’s thoughts and behavior. Super cool!!
There’s a couple of boys introduced that could be potential love interests, but the book doesn’t focus on that which is awesome and a reprieve from many YA books out there. Instead the author focuses on Stel, her ability, and the fact the Corridor has become unstable and could destroy First Earth much like it did Second. Stel has to find a way to stop it. The whole concept is a bit mind-boggling and I’ll admit to be lost at least once while reading the book, but the author quickly brought me up to speed.
The only thing I didn’t care for was that I felt the book was a bit rushed. I wanted to know more about the Corridor, Second Earth, and the other parallel universes. But that’s what a series is for I guess 😉
Overall I enjoyed this story and devoured it in one sitting! I can’t wait to find out more about Stel, what will happen to Ana, and if they can save First Earth from Second Earth’s fate. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good science fiction (not hard), young adult fiction, and a tiny touch of romance.