I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Thirteenth World (The Corridor #2) by A.N. Willis
Published by Alloy Entertainment on September 29th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Time is running out for Stel Alaster. The Corridor, the only portal between First and Second Earth, is failing and the barriers between all twelve worlds are thinning. Using her unique ability to travel through the multiverse, Stel sets out to save the Corridor . . . and ends up discovering a mysterious new world.
In the sequel to The Corridor, will the thirteenth world hold the key to the Corridor’s secrets? Or will the portal implode and take every last universe down with it?
The Thirteenth World is the second novel of The Corridor Series.
Stel Alaster was just a normal girl until the door way between worlds, The Corridor, imploded and mysteriously gifted her with the power to move between multiverses at will. She’s been hunted and tortured because of her gift. She’s lost those closest to her and yet she may have to sacrifice more before her tale is told because The Corridor is failing and the barriers between the twelve worlds is disappearing. Yet, out of the darkness of space-time a thirteenth world appears with secrets that will shatter Stel’s sense of self and raise more questions than answers.
The Thirteenth World definitely kept up with, if not out shined, The Corridor.
I honestly don’t think this novel requires much knowledge about science. The book is more centered around Stel and her friends rather than the scientific aspects of The Corridor’s demise. I’m actually a little hesitant to say that the science concerning The Corridor is at all realistic, but its great fun and well worth the read. I would suggest reading The Corridor first since The Thirteenth World harbors some pretty major spoilers and you just wont get the same satisfaction out of Cohl and Stel’s romance without some back story. I think this series is best enjoyed together with very little time between books because that cliffhanger!
Willis wastes no time getting back to unraveling the mystery that is Stel’s abilities and the fate of The Twelve Worlds. The Thirteenth World defies expectations, swerving from the anticipated and galloping into a whole new direction. I expected Stel to be imprisoned, depressed and alone while her friends struggle to come to grips with losing Stel, but instead, nothing is as it seems and Stel’s genealogy still has some whopping surprises to deliver.
I loved that we get to delve further into the universe’s riddles and Stel’s ancestry. In The Corridor we learn more about the Twelve worlds and how they are all interconnected while in The Thirteenth World we learn more about individual characters and watch them grow while getting all that great science fiction-y stuff. More worlds, alternate characters from other universes and even more high stakes action! Like I said, The Thirteenth World was almost better than The Corridor. The writing is stronger, the characters more developed, the action is more exciting and the romance is sweeter.
His chest moved as he inhaled deeply. For a long moment he didn’t anything. But when he did, it wasn’t to answer my question. “I keep coming back to how different we are. You’re this amazing, incredible girl. And I’m just . . . some guy. I want to be a lot of things. I want to deserve my family. I want to be a physicist, like my mom.” He drew me into his lap, my knees on either side of his hips, and he curved his hands around my face. I saw all the doubt and fear in his eyes. “But what I most want to be is yours. I’m falling in love with you. I just need to know if, for you, I’m enough.”
I kind of hated Cohl in The Corridor and had a hard time buying Stel would go for Cohl over Flinn (I know I wouldn’t have!) so having a more grown up, emotionally healthy Cohl was a great change. I mean, in The Corridor he spends a lot of time being a creepy jerk and it wasn’t endearing. All that smirking, skulking and whining just didn’t do it for me. I guess I enjoyed Cohl a bit more in book two because he’s finally grown up and his narratives are sweeter. Cohl starts to have some really deep moments during The Thirteenth World that made him my second favourite character (I’m still in love with Flinn).
And that ending! What a fantastic wrap up to an amazing series!
This book will appeal to readers who enjoy science fiction, dystopia, romance and new adult fiction. Readers should like multiverse laden, light science romance novels and be ready to have their expectations blown. The Thirteen World has some extremely unexpected moments and unique plot twists!