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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Between State falls into the science fiction subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Joseph A White Jr. The book follows an IT guy named Jeff who keeps finding himself having hyper-realistic dreams about being in the body of a woman he’s never met. After discovering that this woman is a real person and his visits to her take place in the past, Jeff must try to deduce what is happening to them and why. As he works to solve the riddle, the idea of using this opportunity to help her move forward with her life after a difficult past becomes more and more tempting.
I loved the way the narrative of this story constantly kept me off balance and guessing what direction it would move in next. At one moment, it was quite an analytical look at the scientific theory behind body-swapping and time travel, and the next moment a beautiful human story about caring for the wellbeing of a stranger. It’s a testament to the dynamic prose of author Joseph A White Jr that this work manages to tell such a tonally diverse story whilst remaining cohesive throughout. I was particularly engaged by the way Jeff’s characterization evolved throughout the story, moving from a logical and analytical figure to someone whose growing emotional attachment to his body-swapping partner causes a very natural development that was delightful to watch throughout the narrative. Overall, The Between State is an excellent work of science fiction that explores both big scientific ideas and the more intimate nature of the human condition.