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3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  106 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
A dark, supernaturally-tinged YA thriller based on the Thriller Award-winning short story.

Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is having terrible dreams of a massacre at her high school. Anna's father is a mentally unstable veteran, her mother disappeared when Anna was five, and Anna might have been able to chalk the dreams up to a reflection of her crazy waking life — except t
Kindle Edition, 153 pages
Published June 29th 2011
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Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)

The idea behind this story is very original. It had creepy elements and a few surprises along the way, but I have mixed feelings about The Space Between. It was a quick read and kept me turning the pages, but there were many things I found lacking.
First of all, the plot moved way too quickly. It felt under-developed for a novel. There were so many questions that were left unanswered. For instance, what happens to Darren? Why were other kids in Anna’s dream? There was no closure. The ending was
Sep 04, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
Anna Sullivan’s mom disappeared when she was five. Anna is being raised by her father who is suffering from Gulf War Syndrome and alcoholism. Anna is suddenly being plagued by very vivid dreams of violence taking place at her high school. The day after the first dream, the school has a fire just like the one she dreamed of the night before. More dreams, more violence, and in all of them Anna’s crush, Tyler dies. Anna is determined to figure out how to prevent the violence looming on the horizon. ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of Anna. She begins to dream about a Columbine type disaster at her High School. Before too long she realizes that others in her school are having the same dream. She also realizes she can influence the dreams. If she can influence the dreams can she stop the disaster from happening?

This is billed as a YA story but I enjoyed it despite the fact that I am far older than that! I loved the idea of lucid dreaming and the paranormal spin on the whole thing. Anna was a strong heroine
Alison Fees
Oct 22, 2011 Alison Fees rated it really liked it
I must say that I really enjoyed this book. I thought the voice it was written in was so different. I like that it was written as Anna's thoughts for the most part. There wasn't a lot of dialog between characters and I was okay with that. Anna's thoughts were realistic and believable. I think that way sometimes so I could relate to her. I did however have a hard time relating to Tyler. There was just too much mystery surrounding him and I didn't get to know him as must as I was hoping to. Overal ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone into fantasy or scifi YA
Recommended to Angela by: the author
Sixteen-year-old Anna Sullivan has never really fit in, or tried to. When she was five her mom vanished and since then she's been charged with taking care of her war-traumatized, alcoholic father.

Once Anna goes to sleep, horrible dreams seem to seek her out. They're terrible. In them she sees classmates and teachers die horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of a crazed killer. Classmate, and Anna's out-of-her-league crush, Tyler appears in these dreams too... and he always dies.

When Tyler seeks
Dec 27, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
This is a really good book. It is on a very dark subject and i think that instead of tip-toeing around the subject that Alexandra Sokoloff did a great job with just putting it out there with all its gore-y details. I think she did an excellent job on Anna's character. I felt everything that she felt and was a little surprised by her character, because most of us are used to strong, brave characters and not the innocent, terrified character and Anna was. Her being this way wasn't bad though, it m ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Avery rated it liked it
When I started this book I was quite taken aback with the way it was written- I personally feel that the writing was quite choppy and awkward, almost to the point of sounding robotic (ie. "There is not a class on her schedule this semester that she likes. Next up, second period Chem which she understands not at all." pg. 10)- as such, I had a very difficult time connecting to everything that was occurring within it.

Furthermore, I feel that the book was unnecessarily convoluted- there were count
Jul 24, 2011 Mayra rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is an outsider at her high school. Quiet and shy, as well as cursed with a tortuous family past, she can’t hope to attract the attention of popular Tyler Marsh, for whom she has a crush. How could a girl like her, a girl with a low social status, an alcoholic father and a mother who abandoned her, dare hope anything at all in life?

Then the nightmares begin... nightmares of a horrible massacre at school...

What do these dreams mean? Is Anna somehow having a glimpse
Sep 15, 2011 Jenna rated it really liked it
This book held my attention from start to finish. Thank you to the lovely author who requested my thoughts on her novel.

Alexandra Sokoloff has a brilliant way with words. I could relate to so much that she was saying. I loved all the polysyndeton (repetition of conjunctions) for effect. The suspense was excruciating.

Imagine going to bed every night and knowing you will dream about your school being shot up. You know the shooter. You have to tell someone.

Your crush, Tyler, is on the stairs in yo
G.R. Yeates
Nov 21, 2011 G.R. Yeates rated it it was amazing
The Space Between is a provocative reading of American high school culture that stands shoulder to shoulder with Stephen King's Carrie. Though listed as being a YA, this work easily crosses over that perceived boundary as it incorporates quantum physics into the psychic undercurrents and dream sequences of the narrative. Disturbingly suggestive scenes of child exploitation and abuse are handled sensitively so as not to be exploitative or titillating in themselves. All of which adds to the sense ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, book-rooster, ya
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This is the story of teenager Anna Sullivan, who begins have dreams of a something horrible happening at her school. When she begins interacting with school mates in her dreams, and discovers that they're having the same dreams, she tries to figure out if they can change the events of the dreams and, if they do, how/whether that will affect reality.

I enjoyed this book. The premise was quite interesting -- quantum physics, parallel universes -- and I thin
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
This is a very dark book. It is also really good and it keeps you on your toes from the first to last page. This book is the first paranormal thriller that Ive read and I loved it. you get sucked in the story and you just want to know more. There is also love or maybe it is rather attraction we a re talking about here, between Anna and Tyler. My only wish, is for the story to be longer, I did not want it to end so quickly. I really like Annas character. She is such a lovely girl. An outcast yes ...more
Suzie Quint
Feb 23, 2013 Suzie Quint rated it really liked it
I had this on my kindle for months but for some reason, I thought I'd already read it (Mostly because this author's books don't tend to languish in my TBR pile.)

Her best book, IMO, will probably always be The Harrowing, but this was pretty good. Lots of creepy stuff happening to sympathetic characters. The ending left some questions open, but that works well with what's basically horror because it lets your mind play with things even after you've finished the book. Looking back on the story, the

I love the ending.. Other than the scientific part I think there is symbolism in Mandy..Scott..the two headed monster..the latter referring to mental illness..maybe bipolar disorder where death is sometimes better than life!

Aug 17, 2011 Georgeanna rated it really liked it
Dark. That's the first word that pops into my head about this book. The open ending didn't make me feel a heck of a lot better, either. I thought it was extremely well written and the author was able to make me see all the images vividly - like a movie in my head. I could feel Anna's angst and longing. I cheered her strength and determination. (Not sure what it says about me that the teens having unprotected sex bothered me more than the bullying and violence.) I raced through this book, not bec ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Cassandra rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Space Between, it had an interesting mix of math and scientific elements. The characters were perfect in the story they were all written so well that I was pissed off at the jocks and popular people for making fun of Anna and the characters Anna felt were maybe a little of the crazy side I felt the same way towards them. I liked how Alexandra explained how Anna got her gift. I am still interested in where the other probabilities are. Can Anna go to those other parallel universes li ...more
C.S. Lakin
Jun 14, 2012 C.S. Lakin rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Alexandra's blog and so wanted to read her books. I loved this book up until the end. I was so surprised she left every thread hanging and all the build-up plot lines unfinished. I know this was adapted from a short story, but I don't understand why nothing was explained or resolved at the end, and I very much felt like there were about three chapters missing so that the whole mystery of the visions the character had been having would be explained and played out in a big climax ...more
Carole Lanham
This was one of those books that really sucks you in from the first paragraph. I couldn't imagine how it would end and I'm rather good at guessing unexpected endings. The story is a unique mix of the supernatural and a disturbing fear that grips us all, either as parents, students, or citizens of the modern world - school shootings. Throw in a little physics and what you have is something very original and highly compelling. A truly haunting read.
Rhonda Lane
Aug 06, 2011 Rhonda Lane rated it it was amazing
This is very smart, very dark suspense. Plus, you have quantum physics dressed up in a scary story. The thrills and chills aren't just of the unseen plane. Much drama and suspense still comes from the social "minefield" that is high school. Adults can enjoy this book, too.
Oct 17, 2011 Brittany rated it liked it
This was a good read. It was a bit confusing at first with the whole dream thing 'cause it would seem like someone would know the dream, but you just really didn't know. Above all though once the confusion passed it was pretty good.
Jan 22, 2016 Diana rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
It kept me reading to find out what would happen but it was a bit out there and too steeped in discussions on mathematical probability for my liking. Also I didn't love the characters.
Sue Campbell
May 09, 2013 Sue Campbell rated it really liked it
Alexandra Sokoloff understands how thrillers are written, and she puts that knowledge to good use in this book. The story eerily evokes memories of Columbine High School.
Jun 13, 2012 Blaise rated it did not like it
this was a contritr, cliche piece that would better serve as a bumper sticker. And a better title would have been "Sample Space".
Aug 22, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Interesting idea for a story but way too many loose ends that were never explained and no real resolution at the end of the book
Mar 26, 2012 r.a.thrift rated it it was amazing
Even though it's listed as YA fiction, people who like fantasy will enjoy reading The Space Between.
Jim Crigler
Jul 17, 2015 Jim Crigler rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A little dark for my taste, but I liked it a lot. It begs for a sequel.
Rhiannon Frater
Mar 16, 2012 Rhiannon Frater rated it it was amazing
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I'm the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the new Thriller Award- nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon. Bitter Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me "a daughter of Mary S ...more
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