On Trial: Otherworlders by Angela Cavanaugh

Posted March 23, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Otherworlders Book Cover Otherworlders
Angela Cavanaugh
Fantasy, Science Fiction
January 18, 2015
ebook
439
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When a virus threatens humanity with extinction, the desperate and dwindling number of uninfected seek refuge in a parallel universe. The technology is untested. The other universe is unprepared and one thing is made violently clear: they are not wanted.

As a weaponized, fatal virus mutates and threatens to kill all life forms on Earth, Special Agent Williams and the government conspires to send the healthy away. After space travel and going underground are ruled impossible, all that remains is the theoretical technology of an autistic savant: escaping to a parallel universe. But their arrival is met with suspicion and hatred. To evade persecution, experimentation, and to save their lives, the Otherworlders must find a way to escape, survive, and outwit Agent Williams' murderous double.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

Okay. I have some mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy the story overall but had some other issues with the pacing.

Plot:

The story starts off with a disease break out. Eventually it is determined that we cannot save the world. At least that’s what the US Government believes. We don’t have time to build a space station but there is a scientist who believes he can take us to an alternative dimension. Some people are given a marker which enables them to travel to the next dimension however, many people who were resistant or immune in certain countries never got the marker. And since the US abandoned ship, it’s possible for people to still be living on earth. But we never learn anything about them after the “chosen ones” leave the dimension.

Next the plot follows the new arrivals to the alternate dimension as they try to fit in and it ultimately doesn’t work out. The story ends up going very down hill from there.View Spoiler »

At points I was so disgusted I wanted to stop. But I also wanted to see them through to the end.

Again though, in the end, the problem isn’t completely resolved and I don’t know if the story has a second part, but I feel like it ended way too open-ended for me.

Characters:

There are many characters in this story. Most of them have a sad existences, but some are more fortune. There’s a good amount of character develop for most characters in the book, except Chase. I wish we know a little more about Chase, other than a couple of lines he tells Tomas and Samantha. View Spoiler »

Writing:

The story was interesting and kept my interest however the pacing was really off to me. I wish it was a little better. For example, the story takes place over like 3-5 years. We get some story, the months pass, and then some story, and more months pass. I think the timeline was just way too stretched out between characters. It’s not like you were following one set of characters. The characters were all scattered and you would only hear from them every few months.

If there’s a second one I want to read it. I want to know what happens to these characters especially View Spoiler ».

About the Author:

Angela is a writer living in Los Angeles. Nomadic by nature, she is from St. Louis, MO originally, spent a few years in Austin, TX, and has no idea where she’ll end up, geographically speaking.

She began writing in high school, between and during classes. Her first couple hobby level novels have been banished to never see the light of day. But as she matured, so did her writing skills.

She realized that writing could be more than a hobby. She fell in love with flash fiction and began posting the short stories to her blog weekly. Now, Angela spends most of time working on writing, often polishing completed short stories and novels and creating new ones. [source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

Recommended

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Overall: 3.7

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