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The Space Between Worlds

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  18,544 ratings  ·  3,009 reviews
An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens her new home and her fragile place in it, in a stunning sci-fi debut that’s both a cross-dimensional adventure and a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging.

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is stil
Hardcover, Book of the Month, 344 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Del Rey
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Nirkatze The feeling I got from reading this book was that in this world, queer is normal. People love who they love, and are who they are. There is some menti…moreThe feeling I got from reading this book was that in this world, queer is normal. People love who they love, and are who they are. There is some mention of people who can't deal with that, but they are a minority. There are many varieties of relationships and at least one non-binary character, but none of it is highlighted or picked at, it just exists as part of life. I found it very refreshing to see a world where everything is accepted, everything is normal, and the story goes on.(less)

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Joel Rochester
T/W: This story contains mentions of domestic and emotional abuse through past traumas experienced by our main character.

The Space Between Worlds follows Cara, who out of the 380 worlds that Earth Zero can resonate with, she is alive on only 8. Cara works for a company that specializes in gathering intel about these universes. However, when one of her counterparts is murdered under mysterious circumstances, secrets about herself and the multiverse are revealed that may change the course of her d
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
It just wasn’t for me 🤨

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Giorgia ~ Reads
3,5 stars

I put off writing this review for a couple of reasons.

1. I couldn’t settle on a rating.
2. I wanted to know if it would stick with me in the days after finishing it.

Now, I didn’t have to make it so complicated, but it’s odd to rate and review a book which you loved the potential of but it’s glaringly obvious that it didn’t offer everything it promised.

I genuinely loved the world building, the characters and the writing and if this was the start of a trilogy I would have been ecstati
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: … I have seen two worlds now and the space between. We are a wonder... (c)
Q: I’ve never been afraid to die, which has probably been my problem on more than one Earth. (c) Just one of the problems, I bet.
Q: Another reason there are so few of me left alive: I was not a fast child. (c)

The overall rating: we start at 5 stars since I loved this one and finished it and enjoyed it a lot (even with all my grumbling!).

The adjustments:
+1 star: Caramenta, Caralee, Nelline… all of these are the paralle
4.5 stars

Easily one of the best books I have read this year. If you have read and enjoyed Dark Matter, Recursion, or All Our Yesterdays, I would suggest picking this up.

For those who haven't read any of those books: I think almost everyone is aware of the idea of the multiverse - almost identical universes that only differ based on choices that were made. So for example on this Earth you decided to go to college, but on another Earth you might have decided to delay college to go on a summer Eur
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Human beings are unknowable...Even if you hustle and make it in the rough, you have no idea if you would thrive or die in the light of real riches, if your cleverness would outlive your desperation". "In the Wiles, I pass for someone who has known stability and money her whole life. In Ashtown, I pass for someone who remembers how to pray and scrape. I am always wearing costumes but never just clothes".

Cara was a survivor, a product of the Rurals, the wasteland of Ashtown, a community outside t
The Captain
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  This book's premise drew me in - multiverse travel with a murder mystery and a queer protagonist.  Cool.  While this book was enjoyable, I did have some issues that led to it not being a favorite.

So the story follows Cara who is one of the few people who can travel between the multiverses.  People on Earth Zero can access 380 other versions of Earth but only if their doppelganger on that world is dead.  Cara's other selves are very good at dying.  So much so that that ther
Donna Backshall
I got 65% through this and then I simply had to walk away. When every time you think "I have some time to read!" and your gut groans, "Ugh, but it's that book", then you know it's time to pick up another one. A better one. One that you're excited to read.

I was not excited about this one.

The Space Between Worlds had such great ratings and reviews, and this parallel worlds sci-fi genre is absolutely my go-to. But I couldn't connect with the story or the characters.

If I had to classify it, I'd say
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5, sff, z-mc-su, ya-na, sapphic
"That’s me and Dell. We coexist, parallel but never touching, and if one of us goes too far, if I ever get too close, the Eridanus Void opens between us. We both withdraw and leave a cold darkness in the space where we almost touched that three suns couldn’t light."

This is one of the best sci-fi books I've ever read. Not only the premise is executed brilliantly with mind boggling plot twist but the book is so fast paced that I was completely immersed. The world building is fantastic, fresh a
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, queer, 2020
this book has a character names Starla (that's my name without the H). that's not part of my review, just the first time i've ever seen my name in a book! ...more
I really wanted to love this, but unfortunately I really didn't.

I was so happy that we have a bisexual Black main character, and an f/f romance in the story! And the casual inclusion of enby characters made me smile too.

I also really liked the concept that the story had going for it, with the multiverses and the interesting job ranking in the world - it really emphasised capitalism and how awful it can be. I liked that it was immigrants who were actually fuelling the work space, but were underv
Théo M. (bookswiththeo)
Umm I’m really disappointed.

The bones were amazing but the conflict was half-baked and I felt like the “villain” was severely under-developed.

The world-building was messy and was very hard to follow. The multiverse had only a few rules and they were really all thrown to the wind.

The lack of description made it really hard to understand what the world looked like? Because of this I constantly felt lost.

Cara was actually quite likeable but I wasn’t convinced that she knew what she wanted, and be
NAT.orious reads ☾
This book is for you if… your own imagination and creativity can make up for a lack of things-that-are-spelled-out-explicitly.

In the beginning, I was pretty excited to return to The Space Between Worlds after each break. The world this is set in is exciting, diverse, dystopian and full of adventures. I loved how rich in contrasts Micaiah's work. Although entirely futuristic, it still reminds so much of the classist reality we are living in now.

Sadly, I dearly missed two essential t
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Ahhhh, here comes my favourite sci-fi brand : doesn't bore me to tears with heavy scientific details/very specific references only people way higher than me in the nerd society can get, with compelling characters who just want to belong somewhere, is that too much to ask?, that questions capitalism and power dynamics on Earth, with a very very soft touch of romance.

I don't think I'll ever fall truly in love with science-fiction, but with The Space Between Worlds I've come very close, so if that
Sonja Arlow

If you love sci-fi and dystopian novels then set a reminder for 04 August because you are going to want to get this book. The story has a distinct Mad Max flavour to it, and I had to force myself to not finish it in one day.

This is a world where multiverse travel is common knowledge. A total of 382 parallel earths have been documented but traversing between worlds is a little like playing Russian roulette, every time you travel could be the one that kills you.

If you land on an earth where you a
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of two minds on this book. I want to heap a ton of praise on it for being an amusing multi-universal tale that reminds me of the DC universe and Sliders in how many Earths there are, but that's old-school stuff.

I then want to heap praise on it for keeping so much focus on the same sets of characters that our main character has always been interacting with, showing a lot of subtlety and flexibility with the greater tale. But then, there's a lot of that in multi-universal novels, too. Or any
Lana Reads
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020, lgbtq
4,5 stars

I loved this book, even in all it's imperfectness. The slow getting into the story, the partial revealing of the information and the getting to know the characters made me want to read more.

...human beings are unknowable. You can never know a single person fully, not even yourself. Even if you think you know yourself in your safe glass castle, you don't know yourself in the dirt. Even if you hustle and make it in the rough, you have no idea if you would thrive or die in the light of
“Luck, I guess,” I say, because the first thing a monster learns is when to lie.

On my blog.

Rep: Black bi mc, Japanese wlw li, Black side characters, nonbinary side characters

CWs: past abuse, gore, violence

Galley provided by publisher

Sometimes books will leave you with a lot to think about, and I mean a lot. The Space Between Worlds is that for me (it has been at least two weeks – at time of writing – of just thinking). I have many many thoughts about parallel universes and how they help
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
“someone found me and thought that I was worth something.”

the execution wasn't for me but I appreciated the themes it wanted to discuss and I think Micaiah Johnson made some smart moves. I think that the synopsis built it up too much.

— overall thoughts: 2.5 —
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Why I love it
by Carla Bruce-Eddings

This pandemic and the requisite quarantine have compelled me to do a lot of soul searching, and I know I’m not the only one. And is there any better way to combat daily existential despair and perpetual grief, than by sinking your teeth into a world that is not your own? This is what The Space Between Worlds offers: a way out, and a breathtaking, heart-pounding way in.

Cara is a traverser, someone who can travel between the multiverses. The catch? One can only s
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Edit: Happy release day! August 4th 2020

eARC provided by NetGalley , thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton. All opinions are my own.

Addictive, page-turning science fiction, fierce, strange and filled with surprizes; I could not get to the end of it quicker.



The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (spoiler free reviews!)
Publish Date: August 4th 2020
Cover Rating: 7/10
Adult –Science Fiction –Fiction – LGBT

Mar 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, sci-fi
A big multiverse fan here.

I think the concept is pretty cool, especially in how effectively it ties race and class to multiverse travel. In The Space Between Worlds, you can only travel to a world where your counterpart is dead, so basically exclusively people who happen to have been born in places/families at risk and manage to survive against all odds are recruited to be traversers (multiverse travelers). Cara's counterparts are dead on 372 worlds due to neglect, gang violence, etc., which ma
The Space Between Worlds is about multiverse traveling being a common occurrence where 382 parallel earths have been documented. If you travel on a universe where your doppelgänger is alive, you will die right there. There’s a risk of death every time you travel between the worlds. I don’t like sci-fi much but I love parallel universes and time travel, I find it such a cool concept.

Cara is one of those characters who are deeply flawed but you still like her. There’s a lot of fast paced action a
***3 stars***

I'm giving this book 3 stars, not because it wasn't good, but because I expected it to be more... epic, somehow. The premise is interesting and it's very well written. I love the idea of the multiverse and I'm guaranteed to read anything I can get my hands on that touches this subject.

I just wanted more from this story. Rtc.
Bryan Alkire
Worth reading once. The writing is the best part of this book. The images and feelings will stick with me for a while. The rest of the book is more pedestrian. The idea is cliché and in fact, is a plot device and nothing more. This book could have been written just as well without it. That said, the world building that shows through the writing was evocative.The plot and subplots are predictable. This is a character driven novel and frankly I just couldn’t connect. They all seemed stereotypes an ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One day I will promptly read books as soon I buy them, but for the most part, I suck at it. I will buy a book and then let it set on my shelves for months before I finally make time for it. This is exactly what happened with this book, but considering how much I loved it, I wish I read it sooner. I may be late to the hype, but I will now be recommending this nonstop. As soon as I finished reading this book, I felt like I needed 3-5 business days just to process and recover.

Micaiah Johnson’s The
I received this book from Net galley, in exchange for an honest review.

The first time this book caught my eye it just seemed to call out to me. The premise sounded so intriguing.

But the magic is not just in the concept.
Micaiah Johnson's writing style is deceptively simple, soft and supple, like silk satin. She draws you in and with seemingly little effort she has created a world around you.

Cara is a traverser, travelling between parallel worlds in order to download data for the use of the El
Richard Derus
Damn, it's *so*close* to being excellent! Instead, it's very very good, and you're spending both money and time very wisely on this debut novel.

Cara's world is a multiverse with very interesting rules for travel: your alt-Earth counterpart must be dead. It's very exciting to follow Cara in her travels to an unusually large number of multiversally-vibrating alt-Earths. The problems her mortality-prone other-Earth selves are succumbing to make it possible for the author to reflect on the many prob
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Parallel universe story with Black lgbtqia+ protagonist told in first person perspective. Strays towards the dark side. Light on tech. Solid enough but nothing spectacular.
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Multiverse travel exists, but you can only go to a world where all of your previous selves have died. Cara has no talents other than she's dead in 372 worlds. Plucked from the wastelands, she now lives in the City and travels across the worlds, and in a few short years she'll be granted citizenship. Unless the machinations of her totally benevolent tech genius boss do something to mess with that plan...
I have seen two worlds and the space between.

Two star body, four star ending.

I've been having
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Micaiah Johnson was raised in California's Mojave Desert surrounded by trees named Joshua and women who told stories.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside and her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Rutgers-Camden. She now studies American Literature at Vanderbilt University where she focuses on critical race theory... and automatons.

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