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The Space Between Worlds
The Space Between Worlds: A Novel | Micaiah Johnson
121 posts | 79 read | 2 reading | 81 to read
A multiverse-hopping outsider discovers a secret that threatens her home world and her fragile place in it--a stunning sci-fi debut that's both a cross-dimensional adventure and a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging. CARA IS DEAD ON THREE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR WORLDS. The multiverse business is booming, but there's just one catch: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying--from diseases, from turf wars, from vendettas they couldn't outrun. But on this earth, Cara's survived. And she's reaping the benefits, thanks to the well-heeled Wiley City scientists who ID'd her as an outlier and plucked her from the dirt. Now she's got a new job collecting offworld data, a path to citizenship, and a near-perfect Wiley City accent. Now she can pretend she's always lived in the city she grew up staring at from the outside, even if she feels like a fraud on either side of its walls. But when one of her eight remaining doppelgangers dies under mysterious circumstances, Cara is plunged into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and future in ways she never could have imagined--and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.
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Karkar
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Pickpick

This was my brother‘s pick this month for our family book club. I really enjoyed it. It kept me entertained and wanting to keep reading.

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LaraS
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Unseasonably warm today - doing some #audiogardening for the #screamathon with some fuzzy buzzy friends 💛 🐝

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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

Uneven and ultimately disappointing. An intriguing premise that failed in execution. My two main issues: (1) there‘s no real plot. The MC just stumbled around reacting for a large chunk of the book. No driver, no motivation, nothing. (2) there‘s no science in this “Science Fiction” book. Not even one mention of physics, just that multiverse travel was “figured out” by this genius guy. 🙄 I skimmed the last 1/3 just to finish it.

wanderinglynn This was my #doublespin for September. 4mo
Roary47 Eeeee I love your sticker 🖖🏼 4mo
wanderinglynn @Roary47 thanks! 🖖🏻 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I hate it when the concept is intriguing but the actual book isn't! 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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Love the dedication to Grandma Tree 😆

Lisa - I‘m finally starting this one! 🎉

WanderingBookaneer I just borrowed this from the library! 4mo
TheSpineView Hope you enjoy! 4mo
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GondorGirl
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Here's my #August wrap-up!

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Beachesnbooks
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I finished the #botm 2021 reading challenge! Particularly excited bc I didn't manage to complete the challenge in 2020. Excited for my socks in the next box!

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
BrittanyReads Yay! Congrats! I just finished too!! 🧦 5mo
Soubhiville Yay! Congratulations! 5mo
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WJCintron 👏 👏 😃 5mo
tokorowilliamwallace I didn't realize there was a BOTM reading challenge....

Where do I find it on the website/my account? Is it just documenting and marking what you have read of what you have ordered on there?
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Beachesnbooks @tokorowilliamwallace Yes, it keeps track of all the books you pick and then you can mark them as read & rate them! If you have the BOTM app it's under the "bookshelf" tab! 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Beachesnbooks, yes I realized it knows what's on your bookshelf, because it asks me all the time to go ahead and rate what I've ordered. But what's the reading challenge part of it? Is there something else you have to do? 1mo
Beachesnbooks @tokorowilliamwallace The reading challenge is just how many BOTM books you read in a given year, how many are debuts, and different genres. If you read the set number of books in each of those categories, you win a prize (this year was socks). The app tracks those automatically when you mark books as read. 1mo
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GondorGirl
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Pickpick

Traveling between parallel worlds is possible, but only if the version of you from that universe is already dead. Because rich white men tend to live until old age many poor PoC youths are brought in to gather data from these counterpart earths. This is what happened to Cara, who happens to be a poor bisexual black woman who is VERY good at her job.

Johnson's writing is flawless. This book hits hard and fast and is so completely worth it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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GondorGirl
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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

definitely a keeper.

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GondorGirl
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The nice thing about having a laser is that I can do very specific requests from friends. My plan for today is to get all the staining done so that I can clear coat tomorrow.

My hold on the tagged book just came in and I'm really excited to start it!

LiteraryinLawrence How beautiful! 6mo
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #NetGalley

With the beautifully detailed world building and the great characters I felt in the beginning that I was going to love this one. Sadly, it became a little monotonous after the halfway point and I found myself not as interested in the trajectory of the story.

I'd try something else by this author though in the future because there was great potential with the writing.

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 6mo
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

So this was labeled sci-fi. Nope. Not really.

The summary was intriguing!!

The sci-fi elements were few & far between & only explored superficially.

It‘s a drama, subtle racial segregation, political posturing, class warfare, sapphic love story that felt very YA.

Characters were a bit flat & the romance felt forced.

I was disappointed that this was not categorized correctly. It wasn‘t what I expected so stars were lost.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kangaj1
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This is a sci-fi story, not my usual genre but I enjoyed it. It has a multi-verse worlds, travelling, secrets and a plot that endangers not just her world but the entire universe. This is the Illumicrate copy!

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Moonprismpower
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Mehso-so

I feel like sci-fi plots are meant to be dramatic in some way. And unfortunately this novel was a letdown. The author gave a half hearted ending. The worlds were interesting. The live interest I was rooting for. But in the end the book falls flat.

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mdm139
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Pickpick

This is a solid debut. I would have made each chapter set in a different Earth and identified which Earth at the start of each chapter to make it less confusing. The main character made some stupid decisions through out the book and I kept thinking the character was too smart to make those choices. I did not expect the ending and could see it being made into a trilogy. The book did have good characters and world building. It would be a good movie.

Sargar114 I could totally see it being a tv series with different episodes on different Earths. One of my favorite reads this year! 9mo
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coffeenebula
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A bit of comfort after a long ass day.

j9brown I have the same plate! 😆 9mo
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Sargar114
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Pickpick

I can‘t tell you enough how much I loved this! I wish I read it earlier and I want to read it again! We follow Cara, a traverser. She lives in a world where interdementional travel has been discovered and implemented; the one catch being you cannot visit a world where you still live so only a select few are able. Action packed and thought provoking and filled with all the various types of love you can think of.

Sargar114 @TheAromaofBooks this was my #doublespin for March 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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NeonKnight
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Maybe i‘ve become too impatient as a reader but i‘m past the first chapter and feeling very meh. The author is throwing a lot of exposition my way for world and character building sake, but since it isn‘t integrated into the scenes i‘m reading it doesn‘t stick.

#thespacebetweenworlds
#micaiahjohnson
#coolitwiththeexpositionplease

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Yeah_I_Read
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Love this!

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RegineReads

" ... People edging out other people to make money buying and selling something invisible just sounds like rich-people problems."

Yup! ?

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AutumnRLS
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Proof that a reading slump does not necessarily slow my book purchasing. If anything, I think it makes it worse. Like, maybe one of these will excited me?!

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mdm139
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My BOTM picks. Rom com/cozy mysteries are hitting the spot right now. I was just thinking last night BOTM should do a cozy mystery sometime.

TheSpineView 👍👍👍 10mo
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Sargar114
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Starting my #doublespin.
Yup, this one is right up my alley.

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Beachesnbooks
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Halfway done with my #botm reading challenge!

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
TheNeverendingTBR Which app is this? 10mo
Beachesnbooks @TheNeverendingTBR It's from the Book of the Month app! 10mo
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BlueMoonJ
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Pickpick

First off, The Space Between Worlds is an absolutely phenomenal book. Beautifully written and I highly suggest you pick it up. While it discusses the multiverse and has other facets of sci-fi the book is just a masterpiece.

4 weeks, 7 audio books and the finished blanket. Not bad for a first attempt!
Book titles will be in a comment below

#loomknitting #knitting #knittingwhilereading

BlueMoonJ Books listened to while making the blanket: Devolution by Max Brooks, Furious Hours by Casey Cep, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix, Armada by Ernest Cline, The Whisper Man by Alex North, The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz and The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson 10mo
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shadowspeak17
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My reading buddy 😴❤️
#lmpbc #groupv #catsoflitsy #Ember

Soul @shadowspeak17 ... Perfect Buddy! 10mo
rjsthumbelina Hey, just wanted to check on your progress with this one! No rush, but hadn't seen anything updates from you on it in a while. I'm excited to see what all of you had to say about it! 🙃 10mo
shadowspeak17 @rjsthumbelina Oh yeah, no worries, I‘ve finished it. I‘m planning to mail it on Monday. 😊👍🏽 10mo
rjsthumbelina Cool! Thanks for the update 10mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This was great! I was impressed by the world building & the rules about who can & can't travel to other worlds. The MC is black, bi, full of snark & affection, only alive on 8 worlds & determined to stay that way. The secondary characters are fully fleshed out, except, perhaps the villain. I liked everything about this- esp that it appears to be a stand alone rather than the start of a series.
TW for domestic violence

BrittanyReads This is coming to me in my botm box! I cannot wait! Glad to hear you liked it! 10mo
bookandbedandtea I forgot to add that this was my #BookSpin for this month @TheAromaofBooks 10mo
bookandbedandtea @BrittanyReads I hope you enjoy it! 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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BlueMoonJ

“Because that‘s what a sister is: a piece of yourself you can finally love, because it‘s in someone else.”

― Micaiah Johnson, The Space Between Worlds

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shadowspeak17
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These got here yesterday! I‘m glad you guys got more out of my pick than I did. I enjoyed reading your comments. 😊
I‘ll get started on The Space Between Worlds soon. 😄
#lmpbc #groupv

booksellerofyourdiscontent It was a fun ride to read it with you guys. Some of the collective eye rolling helped get through the less than ideal stories. Thank you for sharing! (edited) 11mo
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TheBookDream
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TheSpineView I like Kobo so much better than Kindle. Thanks for sharing! 11mo
TheBookDream @TheSpineView saaaaame. I also like Nook, but since I feel they‘re likely to sell off Nook sometime in the next few years, I primarily shop Kobo now 11mo
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One_With_Books
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Pickpick

“They say hunting monsters will turn you into one. That isn‘t what‘s happening now. Sometimes to kill a dragon, you have to remember that you breath fire too. This isn‘t a becoming; its a revealing. I‘ve been a monster all along.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Beachesnbooks
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Pickpick

Loved this one! Great, character-driven scifi featuring the multiverse theory, a suspicious tech company, elements reminiscient of Mad Max:Fury Road, and a protagonist determined to survive even though her selves on other worlds have almost all died. #botm

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One_With_Books
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It‘s time for a good sci fi ❤️ #scifi #latenightreading #books #bookworm

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Jilly6183
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Pickpick

An entertaining multiverse story. The writing style was a little cheesy at times, but it also had some really profound social commentary. A solid read that I‘d recommend even for those who don‘t love sci-if.

sprainedbrain Oh I‘m glad to see you liked it! I got this as a BOTM and have yet to read it. 😳 11mo
Jilly6183 @sprainedbrain I got it from BOTM too. I have ones from BOTM from like 2 years ago that I haven‘t cracked yet 😂🤷🏼‍♀️ I hope you like this one when you get to it! 11mo
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Traci1
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really liked this take on the multiverse concept. It was a great premise, and I loved the secondary characters. It did sort of read like a YA novel, but with the main characters well into adulthood, I'm not sure that was the intention. Still it was a good book and one I'd recommend.

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Carolyn11215
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Pickpick

Oh my gosh. So good y‘all. The black bisexual female main character is a multiverse traveler who experiences so much personal growth over the course of the book. Includes a complicated love story, treachery and betrayal that spans worlds, and an exploration of how wealth and poverty may or may not define who you are, how you live and how you are viewed by others.

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Kboltz
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Mehso-so

Loved the concept that transversers can travel to any of the Earths out their where their other selves have died. The story was sometimes confusing and the characters that the main character interacts with on each planet are never described enough and we never see all the past experiences that have supposedly affected the main character. Could have been so much more. Do love the cover!

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krismlars
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It‘s cute enough when she sits behind me and purrs, but then she puts the little paw on my shoulder!

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 12mo
Catsandbooks My one cat does the same thing! So cute! 12mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Pickpick

I usually avoid science fiction because they tend to be slow for me, especially in the beginning as the author introduces you to their world. This did start slow but it hooked me fairly quickly. I loved the characters, I loved the plot and I loved the writing. As a bisexual woman, I felt so seen.

#Booked2021 - sci-fi written by a woman
#BookSpinBingo

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this novel is really good - I‘m not much of a sci-fi reader either but I‘m curious enough to give it a chance. Thanks for sharing your review. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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krismlars
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Same, Lou. Same.

Lauram That floofy belly! 😻 12mo
Lcsmcat 😻😻😻 12mo
valeriegeary Oh my gosh 🤗😍 12mo
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britt_brooke 😂 12mo
kspenmoll 🤣😻 12mo
AmyG 💕🤣 12mo
Soubhiville ❤️🥰 12mo
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krismlars
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Can kittens read upside down?

Texreader Pretty sure they can! ❤️🐈 12mo
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magyklyXdelish
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Pulling this one off the shelf while I wait for the final merciless book to come in the mail.

Planning on using this one for #Booked2021 prompt - sci fi written by a female author

Plus it‘s on the #BookSpinBingo board so I may as well.

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GardenJess
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Pickpick

A diverse and intriguing sci fi take - definitely recommend. I loved the idea of traverses, and Nyame, and the main character Cara seemed so real to me.

Reviewsbylola I bailed on this one. I really loved it initially but it tapered off quickly. I‘ve been wondering though if I should have given it more of a chance. 12mo
GardenJess @Reviewsbylola I fully understand that taper. The end was worth it to me. 12mo
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krismlars
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I‘m reading Caste for a book club next week, but I need a break, so Margaret Catwood and I are turning our attention to this one. (Louisa May Alcatt is here too😸)

Chrissyreadit Love the names ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
CoffeeNBooks Beautiful cat, and wonderful names! 😺 12mo
Mynameisacolour 😻😻😻 12mo
Christine Yes, best names! 12mo
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Areader2
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Pickpick

One of the last books in 2020 , a really imaginative story,first sci-fi book in awhile and I wasn‘t disappointed. The world building , the main Character Cara , the story line was really good! There was cultural and social issues and conflicts ( trigger warnings for emotional and physical abuse) there was even a subtle but important romance. Highly recommend