The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens her new home and her fragile place in it, in a stunning sci-fi debut that’s both a cross-dimensional adventure and a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging.

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

My Thoughts

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I had some stellar books to review last year but The Space Between Worlds was probably my favourite!

A sci-fi set in a world where parallel universes not only exist but it is possible to travel between them. The only thing is, if you exist in the world you are travelling to you won’t survive the trip. Cara is one of the “lucky” ones, in most of the other worlds, she is already dead.

This is proper sci-fi with a social conscience that drives the story. This is a world of haves and have-nots, of powerful and rich people that set rules that benefit only themselves.

It’s also an exciting and fast-paced read with plenty of plot-twists that should keep happy anyone that likes a good action / thriller story.

It has strong world-building and a cast of well-realised secondary characters. Esther, Cara’s stepsister at first seems kind and quiet and very religious but is probably one of the strongest characters in the book. Dell, Cara’s sort of handler at work, is another one that almost flies under the radar until you realise what a complex character she has become.

One of the rare few that absolutely lives up to the description on the back, I loved this and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys sci-fi with strong characterisation and an exciting story.

I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

The Space Between Worlds
Micaiah Johnson
Sci-Fi
August 4th 2020
Kindle
336

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