Hi and welcome to the reading world!
Today I’m reviewing The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson, a recent favorite read of mine and a unique sci fi standalone debut that features parallel world travel.
This is an incredibly well written standalone. As a reader, the concept of parallel world travel in a sci-fi has always been daunting to me because of the complexity of world systems and conveying the idea in a believable way. Micaiah Johnson did that excellently and within the confines of a single novel. The world system is complex and yet masterfully written to be intuitive to the reader so that I was able to understand the parameters and the implications of Cara’s world travel.
Speaking of Cara, it’s important to note that not only is the world building excellent, but the characters are well developed and layered as well. Seeing as these characters had versions across worlds, it was so interesting to consider the core themes of what makes someone who they are and how slight changes in life can impact someone. There were also discussions of social stratification and class that transcended the different worlds in the story as a central theme.
The story pacing is a little slower in the first third to half, but I still enjoyed reading these sections and learning about worlds travel as well as the main character. Once a set direction for the plot came into focus, the storyline takes center stage and unravels at a good pace that fits well into the world building and character development that had already been focused on earlier in the novel.
Overall, The Space Between Worlds is a new favorite of mine. I highly recommend picking this one up!
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