The Walls of the Universe (Universe, #1)
Paul Melko

John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelgänger appeared, tempted him with a device that let him travel across worlds, and stole his life from him. John soon finds himself caroming through universes, unable to return home—the device is broken. John settles in a new universe to unravel its secrets and fix it.

Meanwhile, his doppelgänger tries to exploit the commercial technology he’s stolen from other Earths: the Rubik’s Cube! John’s attempts to lie low in his new universe backfire when he inadvertently introduces pinball. It becomes a huge success. Both actions draw the notice of other, more dangerous travelers, who are exploiting worlds for ominous purposes. Fast-paced and exciting, this is SF adventure at its best from a rising star.

The Walls of the Universe (Universe, #1) book cover

I thought this had great potential, but although it was fast and a solid teen parallel world story, it lacked a little in depth and consequence. Singletons could have been explored more, and there was very little in the way of science for the reader to enjoy, especially given that a lot of learning has to happen in order for John to progress with the plot of the story. Still, this was neatly done and I have no problem recommending it to someone new to the genre or in it for a quick romp.

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I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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