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Book Review: The Corridor by A.N. Willis


Synopsis:
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. . . .

About the Author:
Reader, YA & sci-fi writer, pastry addict. Mom. Author of THE CORRIDOR (Alloy Entertainment/June 2015). Member of Lighthouse Writers and RMFW.

My Review:
I was excited to read this book because the cover was beautiful and the sci-fi synopsis sounded right up my alley! I found the book to be a bit of a let down. I liked it but there were parts that I feel need improvements. The science aspects for one. The father was so knowledgeable about the science in the world created, but Stels' abilities did not seem to fit in with that science. Her ability just seemed to all the sudden work for her without any difficulties trying to learn how to control them. There were difficulties at first but then she was just able to open the corridors with no problem. My other issue was the fact that the first third of the book was slow and I kept having to go to other books with a bit more action. Then there is a time lapse (this time lapse did not help me understand how she controlled her power to open corridors with ease all the sudden) and the story starts to pick up. After this I was able to keep reading the book without having to jump to other books. The romance was not overdone or corny which was refreshing, but there were a couple of love interest that can lead to more interesting love tangles. I liked the characters but they all had flaws. Stel is smart but his full of resentment. Ana seemed interesting but I didn't get enough from her. The bad guys 'using technology to try and solve a problem but technology is the problem' theme was annoying. I liked the parallel universe aspects of this book, but I want more of that. If the pace of the book was not off and the science of the world meshed with Stel's abilities I would have loved this book. 
If the second book fixes the pace problem and develops the characters and parallel worlds I will read it! I will wait for reviews to see what others think before I get it though. 
There is true promise here and if you like sci-fi give this one a try.

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