The Space Between Worlds
April 25, 2022 7:24 PM - Subscribe

Cara dies. A lot. Or at least her analogs on parallel worlds do. And in a multiverse where you can only travel to a world where "you" already died, that makes her a very valuable employee.

"A compelling stand-alone debut that will leave readers thrilled, thoughtful, and anticipating the author’s next book." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Come for the clever sci-fi, stay for the social justice motivated plot starring one of the more dynamic women I can remember reading - all in all, a great debut, and I can’t wait to see what is next from Micaiah Johnson." -- She's Full of Lit

"After a strong start, though, the energy dips in the middle third – and that dip makes some of the inconsistencies in the worldbuilding more evident. ... Johnson pulls it back together again with a lovely last third, mind, but the inconsistency makes it hard to lean into The Space Between Worlds that she has created." -- Locus
posted by Etrigan (8 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
Even saying "I can't say anything about this book without spoiling it!" seems like a spoiler, but I can at least say that this was the best book I read last year, and I keep thinking about it, and I hope someone else was lucky enough to read this.
posted by Etrigan at 8:45 AM on April 26 [2 favorites]


I loved this! I don't generally have a lot of super smart things to say about books. But I really loved the worldbuildling (I didn't notice the inconsistencies but... I don't notice a lot of stuff) and thought it made for super neat character development. I am desperately hopeful Johnson writes more books; I will absolutely read them sight unseen based on her debut.
posted by obfuscation at 9:21 AM on April 26 [3 favorites]


I read this a couple of years ago and I liked it a lot.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:15 AM on April 26 [1 favorite]


This sounds extremely my shit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:34 AM on April 26


Loved it. Really digs deep into class differences and the compromises that people have to make to move up, when it's at all possible to even do so.
posted by Halloween Jack at 10:48 AM on April 26


I loved this book so very much. In fact, I may need to reread it.
posted by teleri025 at 12:49 PM on April 27


picked this up due to the love in the comments and blasted through it in two sittings, love it. I'm massively struggling to find things to read right now and would love recommendations on similar things from anyone above... (or anyone!)
posted by ominous_paws at 12:05 PM on May 1 [1 favorite]


I read this shortly after my father died, it is one of the few books I remember from that period (and is also one of the books I bought in paper to have a physical copy of). I spent ages recommending it to everyone I could; it hasn't gotten half the respect it should. Apparently there is a sequel coming up.
posted by jeather at 7:15 PM on May 12


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