Mini-Book Review: The Corridor by A. N. Willis

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Publisher: Alloy Entertainment

Release Date: June 23rd 2015

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

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. . . .

My Review

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Alloy Entertainment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The premise is great and the plot is okay…But you guys..It’s confusing. And that is my #1 issue with the book because while it’s fast-paced and interesting, it’s really hard to keep track of everything. There is even some info-dumping (and I know it’s not easy to avoid but come on). I’m not even sure I remembered the “important stuff.”Although things move along pretty quickly during the first half of the book, I found myself skimming the second half. There just wasn’t enough to hold my interest.

In terms of characters, I expected a lot more than I got. I wanted the main character, Stel, to be better developed but we barely get to know her. In fact, I would have preferred Ana to be the lead because I think her story is way more interesting and her perspective would probably make the book a lot richer. (Ana is the modified human from second Earth.)

The romance is okay and the love triangle dissipates fairly early in the book (yes!). But it doesn’t add much to the story. I think this book had tons of potential but it turned out to be a mediocre read. It’s not good but it’s not bad either. I wouldn’t recommend this book but if you’re curious, you should try it (or at-least read an excerpt).

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