Book Review: Down World

reviewcover-down worldTitle: Down World

Author: Rebecca Phelps

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Alternate Realities

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

As the site of a former military base, there have always been rumors that East Township High School was the site of experiments with space and time. For years, students have whispered in the hallways of a doorway created within the school, one that can access multiple timelines and realities, a place known as the Down World.

As the new kid in school and still reeling from the unexplained death of her brother Robbie, Marina O’Connell is only interested in one thing: leaving the past behind. But a chance encounter with handsome Brady Picelli changes everything. He will lead Marina to a startling discovery. The Down World is real and the past, present, and future are falling out of balance.

Brady is determined to help Marina discover what really happened to her brother. However, what is taken from one world, must be repaid by another. And Marina is about to discover that even a realm of infinite possibilities has rules that must be obeyed.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

Down World by Rebecca Phelps was an amazing, if not bittersweet, read. The writing itself was technically well-done. The narrative flowed easily, the dialogue was well-developed and felt realistic. I loved the characters, and each came across as distinct. The protagonist was easy to like and relate to, and the plot was full of time-travel and alternate-reality twists and turns that kept the small town scenery from getting stale.

I loved it. I was a little upset about the ending, but not in an “I don’t like this!” way, but just… sad. I don’t want to give anything away to any future readers out there, but I wish everyone had gotten more of a happy ending, even if I understood why it had to turn out the way it did. It was beautiful and painful at the same time – and that’s all I can say about it.

If you enjoy Young Adult Science Fiction stories, particularly with an emphasis on dimension-hopping and time travel, you’ll likely really enjoy this book, as I did.