Title: The Corridor
Author: A. N. Willis
Published by: Alloy Entertainment
Publication date: June 23, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
*ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Summary from Goodreads:
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 was excited to read The Corridor. Finally, some science fiction! I loved the premise with multiple Earths and Mods (a mutant-type character, but more genetically engineered). Despite my initial excitement, it was really hard for me to get into this book. I still can’t believe it’s only 217 pages…it felt like fourhundredandthirtytwo…thousand, to be exact. Fortunately, the second half gained some speed and the relationships fell into more natural rhythms, but it took a little too much time to get there.
I was surprised when there was a six-month time-jump between when Stel suddenly obtained her powers and the story picking up again. It could have been fun to experience some of the uncertainty and discovery with her. And while A.N. Willis explained some things in good detail, other details were lacking. I wanted to know more about the Mods, more about the other Earths, more about the antagonists’ motivations, etc. It’s possible we could get more history in the next installment, which despite my complaints I still might read – there was a nice cliffhanger. My hopes for the next installment would be for more character development and more action.
Would I let my teen read this book?
If you’re teen likes science fiction, this is probably a good option. Despite my complaints, Stel and her friends are admirable for wanting to save First Earth. They go through a lot of emotions—tempted to hide or just run away, but decide to face the problem courageously. It’s also a pretty clean read. There’s some kissing and a little bit of violence towards the Mods, but nothing graphic. PLUS – it’s only $3.99 for Kindle on Amazon.
Age recommendation: 14
Language – mild
Drugs & Alcohol— none
Sex – There’s a skinny-dipping scene, while in the water a boy caresses a girl’s back and they almost kiss; An emotionally charged make-out scene (mixed with confusion and grief), a girl crawls into a boy’s lap and they kiss
Violence – Some of the Mods are punished by shocks or electrocution; One character get’s his midsection “portaled” out of him (schkump!).
My Goodreads rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.