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Thanks to Watt Pad for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
DOWN WORLD – Rebecca Phelps (Releasing March 30th, 2021)
Would you destroy another world to save your own?
As the new kid in town, Marina O’Connell is still reeling from the death of her brother Robbie and only has one thing in mind when starting at East Township High: leaving the past behind. But East Township High isn’t the normal place Marina thought it was.Built on the site of a former military base, East Township High was the site of unknown experiments that alter the way we perceive space and time.
A chance encounter with the handsome Brady Picelli send Marina careening towards a startling discovery, and not the one she expected. They quickly discover that the Down World is real, and it’s existence is threatening to pull their past, present, and future out of balance.
This exciting, fast-paced new title is driven by Rebecca Phelps’ cinematic writing and her masterful worldbuilding. Compared to pop culture phenomenons like Stranger Things, Down World is a must-read for any sci-fi lover.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
If you’re wanting science fiction and horror then this new YA release is just what you need. While I have seen it compared to the likes of Stranger Things, I’d say there are similarities in themes but not exactly the same. If that makes sense. DOWN WORLD does have the science fiction aspect, plenty of suspense, and it does have an alternate reality called the Down World. Sounds about the same so far, right? Well, this more so deals in time travel.
There are three doors – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. What happens in one can cause ripples in another. Of course, there are rules and a balance must be maintained, no matter the temptation. Marina is new to East Township High and she’s trying to leave the past behind her as she tries to recover from her brother’s death. Her path crosses with Brady and he shows her Down World and the endless possibilities that come with it.
I think this was so unique and the world-building alone was incredible. The characters had great development and really easy to connect with. I would say this definitely falls more into the science fiction side rather than horror. Plenty of action and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.