By Robin Parrish
Robin Parrish is one of my favorite authors. From book to book, you never know what to expect from him. Well, let me correct that. You know that you can expect a well-crafted story that will have you turning the pages faster than a speeding bullet. But he has written in a variety of genres – sci-fi, horror, superhero. With “Corridor,” Parrish ventures into YA territory for the first time, and the results speak for themselves. He makes the transition seamlessly, crafting a fast-paced story with characters that readers of all ages can relate to.
Troy, on the eve of his 17th birthday, awakens to find himself in a white room so bright that he can’t even open his eyes. He has no memory of how he arrived in this blinding environment. His only companion is the girl’s voice he hears in his head telling him to run. With her help, he escapes from the white room, only to find himself in another room with another deadly challenge to overcome. This continues from room to room as Troy and his guardian angel continue to bond as she assists him in his journey through the titular Corridor.
Troy is tested both mentally and physically as he works his way through the mysterious Corridor. He faces three questions: What is the structure? What is its purpose? How does he survive it? Slowly the layers of the structure are unpeeled as Troy discovers the true purpose of the Corridor and why he was brought there. The ending is a surprise, one you will NEVER see coming. Or maybe you will, but I certainly didn’t.
Parrish does a great job of building up the mystery of the corridor and building the tension as the danger grows from room to room and the dilemmas Troy faces grow, as well. You are pulled into Troy’s decisions as he struggles over making the right decision, as we all do every day. I loved the different details Parrish chose to build into the structure of the Corridor. He uses just enough prose to help you picture how each room is unique without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.
Parrish is a Christian author, but in “Corridor,” as with all his books, he doesn’t beat you over the head with a religious message. Instead, he uses powerful imagery and allegories to relate truths in a way that pulls you in, rather than pushing away.
The book is available for the Kindle for only $2.99 and it is well worth the money. Engaging characters, a unique premise and excellent storytelling make “Corridor” a must-read for all ages.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give “Corridor” a 4.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*