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The Space Between (a quantum thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Sokoloff
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Thriller Award-winning author Alexandra Sokoloff:

How can you prevent the future? Would you dare?

Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is having terrible dreams of a massacre at her school. Anna's father is a mentally unstable veteran, her mother vanished when Anna was five, and Anna might just chalk the dreams up to a reflection of her crazy waking life -- except that Tyler Marsh, the most popular guy at the school and Anna's secret crush, is having the exact same dream.

Despite the gulf between them in social status, Anna and Tyler connect, first in the dream and then in reality. As the dreams reveal more, with clues from the school social structure, quantum physics, probability, and Anna's own past, Anna becomes convinced that they are being shown the future so they can prevent the shooting...

If they can survive the shooter -- and the dream.

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"The Space Between is one of those rare books that will hit home with both adult and teen audiences. The story keeps unfurling its layers as it unfolds, reaching from simple thriller to a genre-hopping gem that this reviewer did not see coming."
--- Horrorworld

"Alexandra Sokoloff has created an intricate tapestry; a dark Young Adult novel with threads of horror and science fiction that make it a true original. Loaded with graphic, vivid images that place the reader in the midst of the mystery and danger, The Space Between takes psychological elements, quantum physics and multiple dimensions with parallel universes and creates a storyline that has no equal. A must-read. "
--- Suspense Magazine

"Filled with vivid images, mystery, and a strong atmosphere of danger... Sokoloff interlaces psychological elements, quantum physics and the idea of multiple dimensions and parallel universes into her storyline; this definitely adds something different and original from other teen horror novels in the market today. Highly recommended."
--- Seattle Post Intelligencer


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"Takes psychological elements, quantum physics and multiple dimensions with parallel universes and creates a storyline that has no equal. A must-read. "
--- Suspense Magazine

About the Author

Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the supernatural and crime thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, The Unseen, Book of Shadows, The Shifters, and The Space Between, and the new Huntress/FBI thriller series (Huntress Moon, Blood Moon). The New York Times Book Review called her a "daughter of Mary Shelley," and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written two non-fiction workbooks: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west (the screenwriters' union) and the board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!!!) she performs with Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances - anywhere, any time, any style, with anyone.  At all.

Learn more at alexandrasokoloff.com

Follow:

@AlexSokoloff

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  • File Size: 268 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058W64F0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heisenberg's Groundhog Day August 20, 2011
By Rich'it
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book for my review. Before reading the Space Between, my exposure with Sokoloff's works had been limited to her blog and her book, Screenwriting Tricks For Authors and Screenwriters. Since reading The Space Between, I started reading The Unseen. The Space Between is targeted for the YA audience, several decades removed from where I am in my sojourn. That notwithstanding, I enjoyed the novel. Sokoloff is gifted in talking a complex subject, quantrum mechanics, and making parts of it reader accessible and applicable to the thrust of the novel. The subject matter has been described as dark with an ambiance of verboten added to the mix. The protagonist, Anna Sullivan, is a sixteen-year old girl infatuated with Tyler Marsh, another student at her school. Both characters share similar dreams. These dreams are primarily warnings of an impending massacre at their high school with Tyler being killed by his best male friend, Darren. The shared dreams are often repeated with additional aspects added each time as Anne seeks to ward off the doom. As the novel progresses we lean Anna's mother, believed to have abandoned the family, turns out to be a kind of savior for a young man named Jason Penman. Jason, in one world would have been kidnapped, but was saved due the actions of Anna's mother. When Anna seeks out Jason, she learns from him the intricacies of Heisenberg's quantrum mechanics and parallel worlds. It is here Anna realizes her dreams have been a kind of Heisenberg's Groundhog Day (This is my description. Not Anna's nor Sokoloff's). In the film, Bill Murray has these reoccurring Groundhog Days where he eventually learns to use the day to his advantage instead of fighting its reoccurence. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - What great writing! August 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Dark. That's the first word that pops into my head about this book. The open ending didn't make me feel a heck of a lot better, either. I thought it was extremely well written and the author was able to make me see all the images vividly - like a movie in my head. I could feel Anna's angst and longing. I cheered her strength and determination. (Not sure what it says about me that the teens having unprotected sex bothered me more than the bullying and violence.) I raced through this book, not because I didn't like it, but because I couldn't wait to see how it ended. I received this for free in exchange for a review. Needless to say, I'll be looking for a sequel--and will gladly pay full price for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is better than AWESOME? This book... August 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sixteen-year-old Anna Sullivan has never really fit in, or tried to. When she was five her mom vanished and since then she's been charged with taking care of her war-traumatized, alcoholic father.

Once Anna goes to sleep, horrible dreams seem to seek her out. They're terrible. In them she sees classmates and teachers die horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of a crazed killer. Classmate, and Anna's out-of-her-league crush, Tyler appears in these dreams too... and he always dies.

When Tyler seeks Anna out and confides that he knows what she's dreaming and he's a part of it somehow, Anna becomes convinced they're being shown the future so they can stop it... but that's not exactly the case. The truth is much deeper and mind-blowing than she could ever have imagined. Alternate universes are what they're dealing with.

This book is a work of awesome. I devoured it in less than 5 hours. Alexandra Sokoloff wove an intricate story line with threads of horror and science fiction. There were even points I laughed because her characters are so real and easy to relate to. Also, the detail in which the story is described is concise, yet absolutely amazing without all the sparkly, superfluous words of description. You are right there with Anna choking on the smoke, feeling the fear that drives her, experiencing the Santa Ana winds at your back.

I cannot stress how much i enjoyed experiencing this book. Buy it, the alternate universe you probably already has... ;p

---Angela
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Mixes with Quantum Physics July 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sixteen-year old Anna Sullivan is an outsider at her high school. Quiet and shy, as well as cursed with a tortuous family past, she can't hope to attract the attention of popular Tyler Marsh, for whom she has a crush. How could a girl like her, a girl with a low social status, an alcoholic father and a mother who abandoned her, dare hope anything at all in life?

Then the nightmares begin... nightmares of a horrible massacre at school...

What do these dreams mean? Is Anna somehow having a glimpse of the future?

Things get more confusing when she realizes Tyler is having the same dreams. In fact, he seems to be sharing the same dreams with her, at the same time. Thus begins Anna and Tyler's dark relationship as together they try to decipher the meaning of the nightmares and in doing so discover their connection to quantum physics and multiple parallel dimensions.

I'm a huge fan of Sokoloff and have read all of her books. I was thrilled to read this her first young adult novel, which, in my opinion, is her darkest work to date. Sokoloff has a gift of pulling readers immediately into her stories. Her writing style, though simple and succinct, is exquisite. She knows how to combine long sentences with sudden short ones, thus creating a sensuous cadence and rhythm. The novel is also filled with vivid images, mystery and a strong atmosphere of danger. I also like the way she interlaces psychological elements into the plot, thus adding depth to the story.

One of the aspects of this novel I enjoyed the most was how Sokoloff incorporated quantum physics and the idea of multiple dimensions and parallel universes into her storyline. This definitely adds something different and original from other teen horror novels in the market today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was a really good read. The author knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 14 days ago by Eric Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Intriguing premise powers this high-intensity YA thriller. Loved the quantum aspect in particular and the possibility of one life lived many ways simultaneously.
Published 11 months ago by ShyReviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars but that's not fair...
This book is really for young readers. I'm not. I like fiction that deals in some way with quantum mechanics or other physics themes, so picked it out uncritically. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joan M. Maredyth
5.0 out of 5 stars mind-bending.
I loved every second of this story. The main character was interesting and had many layers. The description of the setting: the wind, the heat, the desperation, the loneliness,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by dandy mandy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read
I normally don't read YA novels or novels with female protagonists. Nothing sexist, I just don't relate to female narratives or internal dialogs. Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by CactusTexas
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many unanswered questions
The idea behind this story is very original. It had creepy elements and a few surprises along the way, but I have mixed feelings about The Space Between. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by The Flashlight Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark story
This is a very dark book. It is also really good and it keeps you on your toes from the first to last page. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars bold and inventive
Alexandra Sokoloff takes a departure from her adult supernatural thrillers with a YA tale that carries the reader deeply into the viewpoint and complex life of Anna, a high school... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by Cornboy
2.0 out of 5 stars The Space Between
This was freebie for my Kindle, but I disliked this read. Not the kind of book I would normally get, but I thought I'd expand my horizons and get it. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Claire Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars An original on every parallel!!
Sixteen-year-old Anna Sullivan is a lot like most girls her age; she never really fit in and has always felt different from others. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by CK Webb
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More About the Author

Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Award-nominated author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, and THE SPACE BETWEEN, and the Thriller Award-nominated, Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON). The New York Times Book Review called her a "daughter of Mary Shelley," and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written two non-fiction workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog (www.ScreenwritingTricks.com), and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Alex is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. In her spare time (!) she performs with Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook. But not an addict. Seriously, it's under control.

Learn more at http://alexandrasokoloff.com

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