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Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
CORRIDOR is a fast-paced action-adventure and will keep you hooked from the very first page.
"If you are a fan of the HUNGER GAMES or THE MAZE RUNNER you will love CORRIDOR!" -Aaron Patterson, bestselling author of SWEET DREAMS and AIREL
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.
On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?
It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.
But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.
"Robin Parrish is a keen-eyed, passionate pop cultural savant, whose writing is as incisive and insightful as it is entertaining." —Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy
"The moral dilemmas that the characters find themselves engaged in are palpable; the setting of a faltering America seems almost too real… and the final conclusion rushes to a crashing and unexpected crescendo. Vigilante is a story well told that touches on themes worth thinking about in this day and age." —Joshua Olds, LifeIsStory
"Parrish's cinematic, visual writing has again produced an action packed movie in book form with strong similarities to comic book superheroes. His characters show great depth as they struggle with moral and ethical issues that could be torn from today's headlines… Parrish's strong characterizations and insightful writing make [Vigilante] not one to miss." —Gail Welborn, Washington Christian Book Review Examiner
"Once again, [with Nightmare], Robin Parrish proves he belongs in the ranks with Frank Peretti and Mike Dellosso, telling a creepy story with a powerful underlying purpose." —Eric Wilson, author of Jerusalem's Undead Trilogy
"With the tightly paced and plotted storyline, the excellent characterizations and the attention to story details made [Nightmare] one of my favorite reads of all time. In suspense fiction, it stands easily next to Dean Koontz and Stephen King." —Paul A. Rose, Jr., actor
"Parrish writes so cinematically [in Offworld], every scene comes to life. The action rips across the pages, and the characters would make stars of the actors in the roles. Parrish keeps the suspense taut by giving more questions than answers and keeping the characters constantly on the run for their lives. The chase scenes are phenomenal, especially Trisha's leap with two jeeps across the sky into a skyscraper. On the screen, it's the kind of scene that would earn a cheer of awe from the crowd, on the page, it made my jaw drop and I wanted to share it with someone else!" —Christina Lockstein, Christy's Book Blog
At long last, Robin Parrish's eagerly anticipated new sci-fi thriller hits our e-reader screens. And what a thriller it is. Parrish's first foray into young adult fiction is a genuine success; well worth reading (and re-reading, due to a number of great plot twists).
Troy, a self-described "nerdy" seventeen-year-old, wakes up in a bizarre structure called the Corridor on his seventeenth birthday. His only companion as he navigates this mysterious place, composed of different-colored rooms with various types of nasty death traps in each one, is a girl whose voice he hears in his head, who introduces herself only as his "Conduit". The tension ramps up as he escapes room after room, both because of the increasing degree of deadliness in the Corridor and the startling revelations he's given over time about the nature of the structure and why he's been brought here in the first place. This roller-coaster ride ends in a massive pay-off just when you're afraid the author is about to leave you hanging in some sort of European ending. Don't bother trying to guess what the solution to the mystery is - you won't be able to do it.
As many fans may already know, Parrish is a Christian author. However, he possesses the rare and remarkable ability to drive home a Christian message through the medium of story with no preaching and very few references to Christianity within the story. In "Corridor", there is no direct mention of faith at all. Yet the story is a beautiful analogy (one might even call it an allegory) about life and its trials which young people can benefit from immensely. This book inspires one to higher things without bashing the reader over the head with an allegedly inspirational message. So I would heartily recommend "Corridor" both to Christian readers hungry for quality fiction without gratuitous immorality and to non-Christians who just want a good sci-fi story. Give it a try. There is great wonder at the end of the Corridor - if you survive.
"I don't know...if I can do this," he said softly between breaths, almost hoping Victoria wouldn't hear it.
"You can," she replied, her voice full of sudden conviction. He almost believed her. "You have to."
"But...I don't have big muscles like other guys." Even just talking while holding on to the sharp-edged rocks was tiring him. "I;m not strong."
"This isn't about strength" said Victoria. "Surviving the Corridor is a matter of how much you want it."
"To live" was her matter-of-fact reply. "You have to want it more than anything you've ever wanted before."
(Corridor - Kindle location 272-278)
I'm a big fan of Robin's Dominion Trilogy and he did not disappoint with this odd and interesting sci-fi thriller. Rarely have I ever read book with so little characters - only two main characters - yet the book kept me glued to each page. The writing was straight-forward with no waisted words. The staging was well written although I had to re-read in a couple of places to get me geography right. I like how the story slowly reveals truths of the Corridor and yet keeps things hidden all the way to the end. This is definitely the kind of sci-fi that people who don't read sci-fi would enjoy. Not a bunch of tech talk or hard to pronounce planets and alien names. Just a simple story of a man trapped in a Corridor that is about to kill him at every turn. Did I say simple? I guess simple isn't the right word. More like mind-boggling.
A couple of reviewers have said the book is a biblical allegory. I'd say it's far from it. Is there a message? Yes there is. But if you are not looking for it you won't see it. Non-Christian will find nothing about this book offensive and should enjoy it for plain old enjoyable entertainment.
This book is a stand-alone although it falls under the title of a MythWorks Novel. It's also marketed as a Young Adult book but I'd say it's good for all ages except little children. Overall I really enjoyed the book. Never read the likes of it.
1 Star = Pathetic 2 Stars = Fair 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
For those who give me a negative vote on my review please comment and let me know why. I'd like to improve my reviews so they can be helpful to those who read them. Please understand I choose not to give a synopsis of the book because it's already given at the top of the home page. I find in doing so too many reviewers give away too much of the plot. Thank you.Read more ›
Troy awoke to bright lights and a voice in his head. The command was simple-RUN. But run to where? Run from what? Where was he and how did he get there? With his environment crumbling around him he had no options except to obey the voice. However, as he soon learned, the spectacular room he awoke in was unlike any other in existence, for it knew his weaknesses and adjusted accordingly. Alone, with only the voice, Victoria, Troy began the arduous task of trying to escape the device known only as the corridor.
The first thing I noticed about this book was its length. It's very short, at only 182 pages. Even for a young adult novel, that seemed incredibly short to me. I was a bit concerned that perhaps some character development or descriptions were omitted in order to fit the plot into such a condensed space. That turned out not to be the case. It's short because the plot limits the length of the novel. This book is an excellent launch-pad for a new series; like a warm up to a much bigger story. However, because of the overall design, Corridor had to be short in orders to keep it interesting.
Like most of Parrish's books, Corridor follows a single storyline. In this case, the events are limited to Troy and Victoria inside the corridor. My personal preference leans towards multiple plots and a wide variety of characters. However, Parrish manages to pull off this story even in the limited setting and with only two characters. The story works exceptionally well, but I think I would have liked it even better with a couple of extra storylines and the ability to know some of the characters `personally' rather than through Troy's telling of them.
Two chapters into Corridor, I became concerned that trying to escape the corridor was going to be the extent of the novel. Fortunately, the next chapter proved to give a much needed break and provided some much needed answers. I can only accept the `what's going on' suspense for a limited amount of time and though this book somewhat pushed my patience in this area, it did start providing answers before I became frustrated.
For the most part Corridor relies on action and thrills, but given the difficulty of maintaining interest through physical challenges, this book needed strong characters. I had to like Troy or otherwise I wouldn't care what happened to him. Parrish does a nice job of making both Troy and Victoria interesting so that they are able to add depth to the story. While there were some characters mentioned `off screen' that I wanted to know about, this book was able to meet my need for character development.
Overall I'm pleased with Corridor. I think it makes an excellent beginning to a series, but I am hoping for more plot diversity in future books. While the ending makes it obvious that there are more books planned for the series, it doesn't leave the reader completely hanging, but there are plenty of questions left to be answered. I'm looking forward to seeing how this series progresses. It looks to have some great potential.Read more ›
"Robin Parrish is a keen-eyed, passionate pop cultural savant, whose writing is as incisive and insightful as it is entertaining." - Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy
Robin Parrish wants to take you on a ride.
A wild ride -- which is exactly what you're in for when you pick up one of his books. And he's adamant that it will never be the same kind of experience twice.
Robin's stories mix, mingle, and meld various genres together to create thoroughly original suspense/thrillers. His Dominion Trilogy, for example, mashed up superhero action, secret societies, ancient myths, and an apocalyptic setting to create an entirely new take on the classic "hero's journey." Offworld mixed science fiction and an end-of-the-world scenario with high-octane action. Nightmare, his 2010 novel, is a spine-tingling examination of the world of the paranormal, paired with can't-put-it-down mystery. He describes his 2011 novel, Vigilante, as a story about a man who sets out to do something that no one has ever done before.
Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he's an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking "What if...?", and as anyone who's read his work knows, he has a very big imagination. Readers will be happy to know that he has an endless supply of wild stories with enormous scope, that are still yet to come.
As a journalist, Robin has worked for About.com, CMCentral.com (RIP), INFUZEmag.com (also RIP), PopCultureGeek.com, b5media, SplashPress Media, and many more. His writing has been printed in numerous magazines and newspapers.
His influences as a novelist range from television and film storytellers like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, to masters of the modern myth like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Akin to Philip K. Dick's search for the meaning of identity, most of what Robin writes about boils down to his own ponderings and examinations of just what this thing we call "existence" really is.
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