Rating: 4.5 stars
Series: Every Heart a Doorway #1
Many doors to other worlds exist. Only a lucky few find those doors. Those brave enough to enter them find a world perfectly suited for them. When they leave those worlds they’re lost; they don’t fit into society anymore. Many of them end up at special boarding schools like Evelyn West’s Home for Wayward Children where everyone has been to another world.
As usual Seanan McGuire’s writing was phenomenal. I love her style. The story was unique. The concept of people going to other worlds has been done before but not in this way. In this world there are endless amounts of worlds. Some were dark and creepy. Others fun and bright. The focus wasn’t on the other worlds; it was about the loss of the thing that made them complete. Their experiences changed them permanently. There wasn’t much hope of living a normal life.
Although the school was filled with people who had been to other worlds, it was hard for them to relate since their experiences in other worlds were different. Nancy was the new kid. Her world was quiet but screams would be heard occasionally. It was still and calm, and the point was to blend in. Nancy wasn’t the most interesting character, but she was the product of the world she came from. She was a stark contrast to some of the energetic characters around her at the school.
Shortly after arriving at the school, people were being murdered. Of course many people were convinced it was Nancy. Others thought it was Jack the mad scientist. She was my favorite character and the most disturbing. Jack was unapologetic about her behavior. She knew she wasn’t liked by others but made no attempt to fit in. I figured out who the murderer was rather quickly, but it didn’t detract from enjoyment of the story. I really liked this. It was a great start to a new series although this can be read as a standalone. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next one. Several of these characters probably won’t be in the next book, but there are so many characters and worlds to explore that it doesn’t matter if most of the same people are in it or not.
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.