Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: The Space Between Worlds
Author: Micah Johnson
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: Black bi main character, nonbinarary side characters, Japanese lesbian characters, many ethnicities in this book
Recommended For…: sci-fi, romance, LGBT, space
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, slight sexual content, TW abuse, gore, violence)
Publisher: Del Ray
Synopsis: 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.
On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.
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.
Review: Holy cow this book was very well done! The book had a lot of sci-fi concepts that I don’t normally read about and I thought were very imaginative and well done. The character development was excellent and the world building was amazing. The book had me hooked from the first page!
However, I did feel like the romance was a bit off and the pacing can be a bit uneven, it switches between fast and slow throughout the book.
Verdict: A well done sci-fi!