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. . . .
I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I adore the premise of parallel worlds, it's probably my all-time favorite topic, and I will pick up anything that even mentions them! I felt like this book incorporated parallel worlds very well! This book was intriguing, fast-paced, with lots of twist!
This book takes place in an alternate future. In Stel's world, there's a mysterious portal, called The Corridor, that takes you to an alternate Earth, Earth 2. The problem is that The Corridor is dangerous. More than half of Earth 2's population died with he creation of The Corridor. A burst of energy from The Corridor accidentally gave Stel the ability to travel to other alternate Earth's, safely, but she must hide her ability. When the people of her Earth start going dangerous routes to erase The Corridor, Stel knows that their routes could destroy their world, but she's powerless to stop them. Stel has to travel to other Earth's to find out more about The Corridor and how it can safely be destroyed.
There was a lot going on in this book! This book does not have a pacing problem at all! In fact, there was so much going on and so much information to grasp, that sometimes it just felt like too much. That's one of the few downfalls of this book, but for a first book in a series it's kind of hard not to dump a bunch of info. Especially with such a scientifically packed novel! Despite this, I still felt like the world-building (world-buildings?) was well-done. My tiny brain could still grasp the science and be astounded by all the action and twists occurring in the book! I really need to stop and appreciate the amount of work, research, and just overall imagination it takes to create this story! Also, PARALLEL WORLDS! Like I said, I adore it when books include parallel worlds and I was not disappointed in this aspect and it actually made me really enjoy this book.
As for romance, it was okay. It wasn't annoying or bad, but it didn't click with me completely. The love interest was a great guy, but he's kind off your average love interest.
Lastly, I would like the warn you that there is a bit of a cliffhanger.
Overall, this was a very surprising read with a very intriguing plot! I had a few minor issues, but I overall enjoyed this book and think it's a fabulous sci-fi! I'm looking forward to reading the next book!