Between Worlds


Young Adult - Sci-Fi
355 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Between Worlds is a work of fiction in the science fiction genre, aimed at young adults and written by author Micky O’Brady. The book is an exciting adventure between parallel worlds in which the relatable young protagonist finds herself exploring an alternative world after a panic attack breaks the barrier between worlds. Hunted by people who want to do great harm to her native Earth, the plot follows her race to save humanity from an inter-dimensional threat, all whilst struggling with her feelings towards a member of the enemy race assigned to guard her by the very authorities she’s running from.

One of the most immediate and effective elements of this excellent book is the presentation of Noa, the central protagonist. Taking a condition like panic attacks, which can be so crippling and incapacitating, and using it to show such strength and that anyone can become heroic, no matter what they have to deal with, is a truly inspiring central theme. Noa and Avery are charmingly written with relatable dialogue and a genuine emotional sensitivity to their growing closeness, which weaves through the well-designed plot without ever taking it over too much. The plot itself is very well planned for the chain of events, with many a twist and cliffhanger moment that is sure to keep the young adult target audience on their toes. Overall, Between Worlds by author Micky O’Brady is an accomplished and exciting paranormal work that offers plenty for its readership in terms of style, atmosphere, and character development.

Ruffina Oserio

Between Worlds by Micky O'Brady is a science fiction tale with hints of the paranormal and the supernatural, featuring sixteen-year-old Noa Keegan, a troubled teen who is terrified by frequent panic attacks. But her life takes a new turn when she wakes up in a parallel world called Terra. She is treated with mistrust and assigned to Avery McTighe, a nineteen-year-old Sentinel. Avery is a likable person, committed to his mission. Tragedy strikes when anti-government forces kidnap Noa and Avery and they make the startling discovery that this parallel world is about to annihilate Earth to possess its resources. They must find a way to stop this insidious plan but time is against them — and many other challenges, too. Can the two, united by an inscrutable bond, save Earth from imminent destruction?

Micky O'Brady has crafted a novel that will entice fans of I Am Number Four and novels with plot points that take readers beyond our world. The masterful control of style and material is noticeable in the narrative, and strong themes are explored, including coming of age, adventure, and the fight for justice. Each chapter possesses its own elegance, perfectly written to move the reader easily along towards the next one. The characters are elaborately developed and I felt a strong connection with the female protagonist. From the start of the story, there is something unusual about her and her panic attacks got me thinking she is meant for something higher, something she’s about to discover, and then — boom — it comes, shattering everything. The tension in Between Worlds is introduced at the right moment and it builds up to a satisfying conclusion.

Rabia Tanveer

Between Worlds by Micky O'Brady is a young adult science fiction novel that packs a punch of romance and incredible action that will leave you breathless. Apart from having panic attacks, Noa was your regular teenager. She was doing the best she could and taking everything one day at a time. But it is a completely different ball game when she finds herself away from Earth and in a place called Terra. She is a risk here, she threatens their security, and this is why she has a guard at her side all the time. Avery McTighe is not someone she would have ever thought of finding, but there is something about him that attracts her. But when they are kidnapped by rebels and find out their nefarious plans for Earth, she knows that it is up to her and Avery to save Earth. But what can Noa do? She is just an ordinary human who is nothing special.

This is an incredibly well-paced story packed full of action, adventure, and romance. Reading Between Worlds was a sensory experience; the author used just the right words to make it a whole new experience for me. The descriptions were vivid, the imagery was rich and the characters were really well-developed. Noa and Avery had a very special relationship; they understood the gravity of the situation and understood each other. The Terra universe is very believable. Micky O’Brady ensured that once you start reading about this place, you can imagine yourself there easily. The tension is palpable, the characters are given ample opportunities to show their potential and ensure that the reader is there with them until the very end. This is an incredible story, one that I would love to see made into a motion picture. Really interesting and entertaining from every aspect.