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Mini-review: The Space Between (Alexandra Sokoloff)

Product Details
Reading level: YA
Pages: 130
Source: copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Read it in 1 day.

The Space Between
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 that Tyler Marsh, the most popular guy at the school and Anna's secret crush, is having the exact same dreams.

Despite the gulf between them in social status, Anna and Tyler connect, first in the dream and then in reality. As the dreams reveal more, with clues from the school social structure, quantum physics, probability, and Anna's own past, Anna becomes convinced that they are being shown the future so they can prevent the shooting...

If they can survive the shooter — and the dream.

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 too open and that bugged me.

Also, the characters felt flat. I never had much insight into any of them. There was a lot of potential with Anna, Tyler, and Anna’s father, but we never got any hints about what makes them tick. That was really disappointing. If there was more character development, I think the story would be much better. I would love to know what happened to Anna’s mom, what Tyler’s home life was like. There are many hints about his father, but nothing is clear. I think knowing those key elements would make Tyler’s character (and the plot) stronger.

If you want a spooky read that doesn’t take a lot of time, then you should read The Space Between. Be prepared though. It reads more like a longer short story than a novel… and there will be many questions when you finish.



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Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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