Paraworld Zero by Mathew Peterson
Reviewed by Aryeh Baruch
“Imaginative” is the best word
for this book. The science fiction genre is overcrowded in today’s market, but Peterson’s Paraworld Zero is
one of those novels that stands out among the rest.
In Paraworld Zero, a boy from Earth
is attacked by a bunch of school bullies. But he is saved by an alien girl with color-changing hair. They travel through time
and space to a parallel universe, finding danger and adventure.
The environment that most of the story takes
place is mainly technological. There is no art. No music. No dancing. No sports. Just plain, raw information. However, this
is insignificant compared to what the book truly offers, which is an original angle on how to think about and imagine parallel
universes. The prose sometimes feels awkward, even forced, but that does not serve to hinder the rest of the story.
Parallel universes is part of a subject
in Physics known as “String theory,” which scientists can use to try and understand theoretical physics such as
time travel and, yes, parallel universes.
Paraworld Zero is an impressive novel: not only
is its concept creative, but Peterson manages to explain everything and tie up any loose ends in the story line and still
leave it open for future excitement. This book is recommended for science fiction readers looking for a story with futuristic
or “magical” concepts in it, or for those who just want a new perspective on parallel worlds.