17 May 2015

The Corridor (The Corridor #1) by A.N. Willis

The Corridor (The Corridor #1) by A.N. Willis

Goodreads Synopsis
Infinite worlds. Endless possibilities . . .

Stel Alaster has never known life without the Corridor. It appeared suddenly seventeen years ago, the only portal to a parallel version of our world—Second Earth. Everyone on First Earth fears Mods, the genetically modified Second Earthers who built the Corridor. They are too smart, too strong, and have powers that can’t be controlled. Any Mod found on First Earth is branded, then detained in the Corridor’s research labs.

Only Stel has a dangerous secret. She has a power, too: She can open a portal to Second Earth . . . and several other parallel universes she’s discovered. If anyone ever finds out, she’ll be imprisoned, no better than a Mod or common lab rat.

But when the Corridor starts to fail, emitting erratic bursts of energy that could destroy First Earth, Stel must risk everything to save the people and world she loves. With the help of an escaped Mod and an infuriatingly arrogant boy from a third universe, Stel sets out to unravel the mysteries of the Corridor and stabilize it before it’s too late. The fate of every world lies in the balance. . . .

Disclaimer: I received an advanced review copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Alloy Entertainment for the opportunity.

First of all, this is a beautiful cover. Like I am in awe with how beautiful this cover is. It is one of the reasons I wanted to read this one, but once I read the synopsis, I was hooked. And the story delivered.

Stel was an interesting character. She was really dependent on her family and wanted to make sure her father was recognized for being the brilliant man he is. As well, she wanted her brother to see it, to see that his worship of his boss -- and her former bffs mother -- was unjustified. I did however think that this plot line was too easy to solve in a way. It was really black and white, clearly Dr. Tabor was in the wrong and eventually she would show her true colours. 

I thought that Stel forgave Lissa too quickly considering Lissa was her bff and then ditched her with no communication for months on end. Especially since Stel was the one to reach out to her, not the other way around. I think that none of the minor characters were really well developed, but especially not this Lissa or the rest of her friends. Even Ana wasn't that well developed considering how many scenes she was in. I hope her character expands more throughout the series, especially after the ending!

I liked the multiuniverse thing until we met Flinn and Cohl. It was so obvious that it wanted to be a love triangle that it actually tried too hard to be one. And Cohl and Stel's relationship was too quick and unrealistic in my opinion. I mean, I know a lot of young adult dystopian novels have these insta-loves, but this one was just awkward. She hated him then two days later she was in love with him. It wasn't well-developed and I think Stel deserves a better explanation of her relationship. 

The weirdest part to me was the Mod stuff. There was no explanation as to why they were genetically modified. I assumed it was because of the pulse but I'm not actually sure that is why considering we found out information about some of the Mods that apparently came before the Corridor was built, meaning they would have been Mods before the pulse. So I'm not really sure. Unless I misunderstood that?

Overall: 3.5/5 stars for hooking me in but having unrealistic relationships. Check this one out on June 23, 2015! 

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