The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Published: August 4, 2020

Crown Publishing

Series: NA

Format: eBook (ARC)

Genre: Science Fiction

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Cara lives in a world where multiverse travel is possible. She would know, as a traverser  she travels to different Earth’s collecting data. Thing is, she can’t travel to an Earth where she already exists. There are 382 of them...Cara has died on all except 8.

Cara manages. She doesn't much like the company she works for, she knows they are using her and people like her:

"The needed trash people. Poor black and brown people. People somehow on the 'wrong side' of the wall, even though they were the ones who built it. People brought for labor, or came for refuge, or who were here before the first neoliberal surveyed this land and thought to build a paradise. People who’d already thought this was paradise. They needed my people. They needed me."

Cara sits between two worlds. Wiley City and Ashtown. 

Not only does Cara go against the rule of not interacting with your doppelganger, she suddenly finds herself caught in between a violent and deadly rivalry between brothers. 

The worldbuilding here was extremely well done. A bit hard to follow initially (because there is much going on) but still stellar. This author's ability to keep the pace moving while giving us such a flawed character in Cara and those she interacted with is something rare you see in this genre. Micaiah Johnson also doesn’t shy away from dark and gritty. The intersectionality of racism and classism is palpable on page. 

If you’re a fan of high range science fiction-fantasy, then I highly recommend adding A Space Between Worlds to your reading list with a quickness.

*Thank you to publisher for the opportunity to read/review.

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