In the multi-verse people may look familiar, but no one is who they seem.In a small town in Montana, Sophie lives with her quantum physicist mother, and her equally brilliant, but dangerously obsessed, step-father.Her father disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances, but Sophie is still haunted by memories of him that seem so real she swears she feels his presenIn the multi-verse people may look familiar, but no one is who they seem.In a small town in Montana, Sophie lives with her quantum physicist mother, and her equally brilliant, but dangerously obsessed, step-father.Her father disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances, but Sophie is still haunted by memories of him that seem so real she swears she feels his presence one night as she drifts off to sleep.Realizing that somehow her missing father is trying to send her a message, Sophie decides to take a big risk.With her friend, Eli, Sophie must discover what strange experiment her father did and understand the startling impact it has on her world and another, just across the membrane dividing the multi-verse....
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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 received a review copy
It was really cool reading a book by a local author.
Sophie Cummings lives with her mum and her stepdad, Ted, who suffers from psychological problems, seemingly talking to imaginary people. Sophie wishes she could run away from her crazy life, but she doesn't want to leave her mum alone with the unstable Ted. Sophie's convinced there's only one thing that can make her life better and that's finding her father, who disappeared a few years ago. Lately, Sophie's been hearing her Dad's voice, and while she thinks she may be losing her mind, given the nature of her father's work, she quickly starts to wonder if perhaps he is alive and trying to communicate with her from another world. With the help of her boyfriend, Eli, Sophie sets out to reunite with her father.Michele Corriel throws in some interesting scientific theories that I found quite entertaining and exciting to read about. While the explanation to certain events were minimal or non-existing, I found the information presented was enough to paint a picture. Minus the missing words in a few places and the awkward sentence structure here and there, this was an enjoyable read. I was fully absorbed in Sophie's story, which began as a journey to find her father but spiralled into a daring quest to save her world from destruction.While the story was entertaining for the most part, I have to admit, there were parts of it that I felt disengaged from and it's at these moments that I found myself tuning out. Moments where Sophie talks about her distrust for Ted was very repetitive to the point where it became a little frustrating. Personally, I didn't think Sophie had any concrete evidence to support her negative feelings towards Ted. Although Ted's unstable mind was addressed on numerous occassions, I didn't get the essense that her distrust was based on his insanity. Her mother did leave her alone with Ted while she flew off to another state so, clearly, they didn't deem him dangerous to be around. I understand the disappearance of Sophie's father left a huge hole in her life, but with the amount of focus there was on Ted and with no instances presented for why he was untrustworthy, I found the references to Sophie's distrust of Ted a little irrelevant and time consuming.Now and again, the story would be progressing well, and then it would suddenly reach a point where the plot would stall. Instead of progressing, the story would go back on itself, reitering things that had already been addressed and needed no further unraveling, particularly when the result turned out to be something that had already been explored. It just felt as though it was going around in circles, almost as if the author was buying time. Instead of following the characters' lead, it felt as though the characters were waiting for the author to take them to their destination. There was a lingering sense of uncertainty or unwillingness throughout the story that affected the way it was executed. I thought this stilted feeling in the narrative would diminish when Sophie entered the multiverse, a world parallel to her own, but it was at this point where my interest started to waver slightly. Most of the scenes with Sophie and her new companions, notably Spinner, Eli's lookalike, felt as though they were fillers. It wasn't until Sophie met up with her father, who was being help captive by a man who looks identical to him, that the story took off again.I thoroughly enjoyed the scene between Sophie and her father. It was the most honest interaction I'd seen throughout the whole story. The other characters lacked substance, which made it hard to connect with them. I was more interested in the plot that was trying to be explored through these characters rather than the characters themselves.Overall, the story has a lot going for it. Sophie was a likeable character who became more intriguing towards the end of the book. And who doesn't like the idea of multiple realities? There is a plot hidden within that if unraveled would make for a killer story. On the surface, however, it's a decent story that I believe readers will enjoy.Read more reviews on CBY.Follow CBY:Twitter ¦ Facebook ¦ Tumblr ¦ Pinterest ¦ Instagram ¦ Google+ ¦ Bloglovin
Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.*I received an eARC of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.*I was attracted to this book because of the cover, it's so unique and beautiful and the blurb definitely added to that interest, I enjoyed the ride.Sophie's father was a famous physicist before he disappeared from the face of Earth. Her mother rarely gives her any time and she is stuck with her obsessive step-father. When Sophie begins to feel that her father is trying to communicate with her, new hope starts building within her. Will she be able to save her father or will she end up putting herself into greater risk?The plot was pretty enjoyable. I liked the concept of the multi-verse and how things were executed. Sophie wants to get away from her house as far as possible, away from her step father who appears obsessive and slightly dangerous. She misses her father very much who disappeared a long time ago, no one ever found out what actually happened to him. So when Sophie begins to see and hear things, she knows her father needs help.The things that kept happening definitely piqued my interest. Eli is the only one she trusted. I liked the relationship between them and I definitely enjoyed the romance though I wish I could have seen more of the other two important characters as well. Also, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if there was a bit more world-building which I found lacking. The ending left a lot of things to the reader's imagination but I sooo wanted to know what happened next.Overall, Membrane was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and I liked the characters though I would have liked more flavour to the characters but the plot was definitely enjoyable. It was a pretty quick read and I finished it in one setting. The writing was simple and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.Recommend it?Yes.
Sophie’s Dad disappeared several years ago under mysterious circumstances. Sophie has not seen nor heard from him since. No one knows where he went or what happened to him. A few years later Sophie’s Mom remarried to a guy named Ted. Sophie tries her best to stay out of Ted’s hair as he is insane. He tends to talk to people that are not there or at least no one that she can see.Sophie misses her Dad so much that one night as she is about to fall asleep she sees her Dad and she talks to him. He tells her he is trapped and the place where is, is a very bad place. She doesn’t get much from him as he keeps breaking up. She is more than ever determined to find him now. She soon learns that her Dad traveled to an alternate universe and is trapped there and needs her help to get back. How she is to help him she has no clue. All she knows is that she has to follow him to this other world so she can talk to him and maybe he can help her to figure it all out. When she gets there she finds out that more is at stake than she ever thought possible. She learns that her world and this other world are both in very bad danger of being destroyed unless she can find a way to stop it. She also has to find a way back home to her world. She also learns that her father just may not be the person she thought he was or is he? Membrane has been a very interesting read one that has opened up a whole new world to me and has left me doing some very heavy thinking. I have enjoyed the world that the author has created in Membrane and would love to read more about Sophie, Eli and the other worlds plus a whole lot more too. Membrane is a very fast read. It will grab you from the very first page and will not let go until the very last word has been read and even then it doesn’t let go.
For a standalone novel with lesser than 3000 locs on my Kindle, it's a pretty decent read but I really wouldn't mind more pages if it meant that things would be more fleshed out.3 starsThe concept in this book isn't really anything new. There are parallel universes and how an event in one universe will cause somewhat of an equal and opposite reaction in another. Then there's fancy sciency terms like “string theory” and oscillators and I really didn't give a shit bout those bc it's all PHYSICSSSSSSSS.I thought Ted was a really interesting character, no matter how many times Sophie went all angst-y about him replacing her dad and wanting to steal his research. It wasn't hard to guess the cause of his “insanity” but I really wanted to know about his relationship with Sophie's dad. There appears to be a feud between them.There were other characters as well such as Jeb, Sophie's females friend (see, I can't even remember her name???), and Fly but they barely played any role in the story and I find myself questioning their existence. Sophie's meeting with her dad is probably one of the best parts of the novel. For so long, she has admired her dad, thinking of him as a loving and caring father who is also very intelligent. She loved him so much that when he disappeared and Ted came into her life, she didn't even bother giving him a second chance. And then... she finally met her father, and he wasn't the person she remembered. This was one of the most realistic parts of the novel — the way she lashed out at him and tried to throw a wrench in his plans.((Also, I typed this out in leSS THAN 30 MINUTES OH I'M SO PROUD OF MYSELF))
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey BooksMembrane is an interesting young adult science fiction novel from Michele Corriel. Sophie's father is missing, presumed dead, but one day she feels his presence. It's as if he's trying to communicate with her, possibly from another world. While her step-father rages around the house in obsessive fits, Sophie enlists the help of her friend Eli to comb through her father's research. Her father is out there somewhere and she's the only one who cares enough to find him.Membrane opens with what seems like the beginning of a contemporary romance. Sophie and Eli dance around romantic feelings, but when Sophie becomes determined to find her father the novel reveals itself to be a science fiction read. The real adventure doesn't start until the second half of the novel when Sophie finds the key to crossing into another dimension. The 'membrane' between the two worlds is weakening and it may have been her father's fault. The other side is a desolate wasteland riddled with freak weather and familiar faces. There's supposedly a connection between the weather and the alternate dimensions, but the increase in storms was like an afterthought. It didn't seem to be the focus of the novel to me. The focus is more so on understanding the reality of multi-verses and the circumstances that allow travel between them.Readers who loved Jus Accardo's Infinity will find similarities in tone and topic in Membrane. So definitely give this one a read!*eBook provided in exchange for an honest review*
So confession I love nerdy science stuff, I am after all a nerd so when I read the premise of this book I knew I wanted to read it but I was concerned that maybe it would be over the top I would need a degree in molecular physics or have the brain of Sheldon Cooper to understand. That was NOT the case with this book. This book was very well written for the girls like me who do not speak physics. Sure ther is a scientific aspect to the book but it was not over the top. This book is mysterious and you just need to know what happened to Sophie's father. It keeps you guessing until the very end. This was my first experience with this author and I can assure you I will read anything by her. I loved the way she was able to develop the characters to a complexity that you felt as if you had known them for years. Her world building and plot building were pretty fantastic too. I can't recommend this book enough!