the corridor book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

I spent the majority of my teen years reading Sweet Valley High and Fear Street series, but the series that really holds a special place on my bookshelves is the Fearless series by Francine Pascal, published by Alloy Entertainment. They’re also known for other popular series, including Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants—all of which I’ve read, with the exception of The Vampire Diaries.

The eye-catching cover of The Corridor by A.N. Willis, as well as the title itself, was initially what drew me to the book, but it was the name of the trusted and beloved publisher that sealed the deal. Excitedly, I immersed myself in this short but action-packed book, eager to find out more about Stel, a seventeen-year-old girl with the ability to open a portal from our world into multiple others.

The Corridor is written in a very straightforward manner; the writing isn’t flowery or all that poetic, and all of the information a reader needs to know about the multiple worlds and the scientific explanations about how traveling between them is possible is covered right off the bet. The first few chapters felt kind of like an information overload for me; this is a writing device that I’ve noticed doesn’t work well for me for retaining important information. Despite the fact that this book is intended for a younger audience, I found myself not keeping up with the plot as well as I would have liked; sadly, I wasn’t invested enough to go back toward the beginning of the book for a quick skim.

Younger readers interested in science-fiction writing might find The Corridor a winning introduction to the genre. There is a bit of romance in the book as well, and I appreciated that Willis didn’t torture readers with another love triangle to join the ranks of YA literature. Thankfully, The Corridor also doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it did end in such a way that I was sorry to see there wasn’t another chapter or two to read.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Alloy Entertainment. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.