What I say: The concept for Membrane is clever and fun. It's a mixture of geeky sci-fi action, mixed with all kinds of YA drama and one heck of a mystery.
The mystery of Sophie's missing father weighs heavily on her mind and she's frustrated by her mother's refusal to leave her step-father Ted, who I have to admit I judged pretty early on. In my defence he initially reminded me of Ted from Buffy the Vampire Slayer in more than just the name.
Sophie is likeable and quirky. She did confuse me at times but I think this was more to do with the mystery and unexplained elements rather than her as a character. The manner in which the story develops really helps build the tension and drama. I felt like I was on the journey for answers right along with her and Eli.
As a big sci-fi fan I'm always interested in a new multi-verse story and in terms of Hugh Everett mania, Membrane has got it covered. The story actually reminded me of a cool mashup of the Firebird YA series and the Sliders TV show.
The world or worlds building is insightful, the title is very apt and Sophie is a fun lead!
4 Stars in my Sky!
I let my fingertip trace the scar at the nape of my neck. Seven years ago, I’d woken up in my dad’s lab, my head throbbing.
“You fell,” he’d said, his hand brushing away my bangs. “Just a few stitches. You’re better than new.”
A week later he disappeared.
No one has seen him since.
I see Ted’s approaching reflection in the darkening glass and slide the journal behind my back. With a quick turn, I face the doorway where he towers. Ted: my mother’s new husband and father’s stand-in.
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