The Space Between Worlds

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What to expect

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. Of the 382 realities that have been unlocked, Cara is dead in all but eight.

On this earth, however, she survived. Identified as an outlier, and a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the wastelands and given a job and a comfortable apartment in the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. Cara knows what it’s like to feel hungry, and scared, so she’s more than happy to reap the benefits of her new position. As long as she keeps her head down, she’s on a sure path to citizenship and security for life.

But when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers 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 Рand reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

(P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critics Review

  • Johnson’s debut is a rare bird in any reality: a novel that is twisting, suspenseful, and profound

    Max Gladstone, co-author of the Hugo and Nebula-winning THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR
  • Profoundly satisfying . . . [it] remained two steps ahead of my imagination, rattling it out of complacency and flooding it with color and heat

    The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
  • A gritty, riveting, and ultimately hopeful novel about the people, choices, and relationships who make us who we are – in this world, and in those we can only imagine

    Kameron Hurley, Hugo and Locus award-winning author of The Light Brigade
  • A strong new voice in science fiction

    Sunday Times Culture
  • Fascinating, complicated, compelling . . . this is a jewel of a novel, all the more impressive for being Johnson’s debut

  • Clever characters, surprise twists, plenty of action, and a plot that highlights social and racial inequities in astute prose

    Library Journal Starred Review

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