The Space Between Worlds

Paperback, 336 pages

English language

Published Aug. 6, 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton.

ISBN:
9781529387100

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4 stars (3 reviews)

Eccentric genius Adam Bosch has cracked the multiverse and discovered a way to travel to parallel Earths. There's just one problem: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive.

Enter Cara. Of the 380 realities that have been unlocked, Cara is dead in all but 8.

Born in the wastelands outside the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City, Cara has fought her entire life just to survive. So when she's offered a job travelling the multiverse, and a safe place in the city to call home, she's willing to do anything to keep it that way.

But then one of her doppelgangers dies under mysterious circumstances, and Cara is plunged into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and future in ways she never could have imagined - and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just …

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Watch this space. Not just between worlds.

3 stars

This is a novel of alternates worlds set on post-apocalypse Earth. On Earth Zero, as he calls it, an inventor-entrepreneur safely ensconced in a gated city shielded from the harsh conditions of its planet has found a way to reach alternate versions of the planet. Crossing over is risky, so the task devolves to the expendable: the citizens of the wasteland ruled by warlords outside the city gates. Like Cara.

I’m not sure anyone could care enough for Cara, or her tech megalomaniac boss with a dark past, to carry a novel, were it not for a simple fact: This is not a novel of alternates worlds set on post-apocalypse Earth.

What Micaiah Johnson has created instead is something that takes the form and background of its genres and uses them for a meditation on inequality, violence – carried out on others and self-inflicted –, and all forms of exploitation, …

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