The Corridor by A.N. Willis | Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
THE CORRIDOR by A.N. Willis has been on my most anticipated list for quite a while now and thankfully, it didn’t disappoint me. Within the first chapters, I knew that it was on the track to becoming one of the best young adult sci-fy releases in 2015 with its engaging plot that centers around one girls ability to travel within various parallel universes.
Readers who aren’t used to sci-fy stories could easily lose themselves in this, it could be the first real experience of the genre for them, because it’s simple and thrilling and has an excellent leading lady in Estele. There’s something undeniably smart and suspenseful about the entire story that makes it engaging in the manner that you don’t want to put it down.
Needless to say, the plot is as fascinating as the description would lead you to believe and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It’s easy to imagine the colours of each world passing us by as Estelle explores and reads quite a bit like a movie or television series; which is awesome. I can certainly see this novel being adapted sooner rather than later and frankly, I need it NOW! I just need more of these worlds.
As a fan of the genre and a girl with a fascination towards parallel worlds, Willis manages to keep me focused in on these worlds she has created and makes a surprisingly fascinating story out of it all that could have easily been cliched, rushed and boring. While parallel worlds isn’t exactly a unique plot to stir in, she keeps it fresh, fun and surprisingly unique. This isn’t to say that there aren’t weaker points in the novel, or that it’s without flaws, but it still remains an entertaining read.
Fans of Doctor Who will surely enjoy this light read, and readers who loved recent releases such as “Trial By Fire” by Josephine Angelini will flock to this upon its release this summer. While the stories are incredibly different, they still follow a similar formula in the parallel worlds and have the same vibe to it.
Hands down, it’s one of my favorite novels of the year (so far) and a stellar start to a series. I need a physical copy now, I need the sequel even quicker, I need answers to what happens next. It has it all: adventure, questions of self and the world, tear jerking moments, science fiction smarts, bravery, friendship and romance. And of course, complications in the loss of a family member, the betrayal of another.
The Corridor is on the fast track to becoming the next hit with its audience and will keep readers on the edge of their seats until they reach the final page. And then, like me, they will be tripping over themselves in anticipation for the next. We end on a cliffhanger, and in this ending we’re left with many questions.
And now, we wait for the answers.
I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of the genre, fans of young adult in general, who are looking for a fast paced sci-fy adventure for the summer reading list.