Release Date: February 11th 2014
Series: The Dark Passages #1
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it's as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she's real.
Then she writes "White Space," a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.
Unfortunately, "White Space" turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she's never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she's dropped into the very story she thought she'd written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they-and Emma-may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.
Now what they must uncover is why they've been brought to this place-a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written-before someone pens their end.
WHITE SPACE is a book I wanted to love. It sounded so intriguing when I read the summary, I couldn’t believe I’d actually gotten my hand on an ARC, I was so excited to start reading it and then…. Well. I am very conflicted.
There was a lot of potential in WHITE SPACE. So many story lines and directions it could have gone. I didn’t realise it was horror until Terrible Things started happening and
I actually put it down because I was afraid of what would happen if I read it before bed. It was that scary.
Unfortunately that was one of the few really good things I enjoyed about WHITE SPACE. Most of the novel I had issues with, I found myself struggling to find motivation to keep reading, I even considered DNFing (and have read reviews where people have DNFed) because
Some of this confusion is a good thing and part of the story: Are any of the characters real? Why are they here? But when I’m also getting confused for most of the novel because WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????… That’s not good.
Things that added up to major confusion: lack of explanation about things, weird explanations with words/terms that add to confusion, pop culture references that are going straight over my head. Nothing helped really. And it sucked because I wanted to really like this and I was interested in what was going on but the confusion made me… less motivated to pick it up. And it’s length didn’t help things.
Other things I had issues with that I’m only realising now are we didn’t really get to know the characters as well as we could of. Even though the story switches between them and their own storylines, I feel like I know only the bare bones of their back stories and maybe that’s why I was struggling to connect with them. The romance was also a point of annoyance for me. One couple developed nicely but I’m pretty sure any chances they had were buried at the end. The other couple irritated me because it just seemed like they were pretty much together at the beginning even after having just meant and then there was the new favourite YA scene. You know, the Let’s Make Out In Dangerous Situations When We Should Be Doing Something Important and Not Trying to Die one which really makes me
WHITE SPACE was a confusing novel that I think a lot of people are going to DNF. Things aren’t always explained well and you’re left with a lot of questions. I found some of the romance irritating and characters lacking. BUT, I still kind of enjoyed it. There were some great horror scenes which honestly creeped me out. And the ending was interesting enough to make me consider picking up the sequel in the hope of more, final, clearer answers. It’s a rather conflicting feeling.