Otherworlders by Angela Cavanaugh


The author sent me an ARC (beta reader!) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

How far will humanity go to save itself?

When a virus threatens humanity with extinction, the desperate and dwindling number of uninfected seek refuge in a parallel universe. The technology is untested. The other universe is unprepared and one thing is made violently clear: they are not wanted.

As a weaponized, fatal virus mutates and threatens to kill all life forms on Earth, Special Agent Williams and the government conspires to send the healthy away. After space travel and going underground are ruled impossible, all that remains is the theoretical technology of an autistic savant: escaping to a parallel universe. But their arrival is met with suspicion and hatred. To evade persecution, experimentation, and to save their lives, the Otherworlders must find a way to escape, survive, and outwit Agent Williams murderous double.


Genre:  Science fiction

Series:  n.a.

Length:  388 (estimated)



It was only when the fresh air hit her face that she realized what the room had smelled like. Death. She breathed in deep, desperate for the oxygen. Her hand shaking, she stuffed the pilfered dough in her cleavage. She put on her heels despite the pain in her foot and walked away.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Special Agent Jackson Williams who has to deal with the issue of a fatal virus, and to save the uninfected survivors. A parallel universe seems to be the ideal resort. I will not tell you more about the stories than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Otherworlders, Angela Cavanaugh has created a thrilling story of survival and human behaviour. Otherworlders is a gripping and fast-paced read with realistic characters, not only enjoyable for science fiction and thriller fans. The characters develop further as the story proceeds, some for the better, others just surprised me. I was drawn into the story – sometimes nearly too close for comfort. It was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire, this triggered the characters’ (and my) survival instincts infinitely.

This is a book to read again.


About the author

***Two time recipient of an Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest.***

Angela is a writer living in Los Angeles. Nomadic by nature, she is from St. Louis, MO originally, spent a few years in Austin, TX, and has no idea where she’ll end up, geographically speaking.

She began writing in high school, between and during classes. Her first couple hobby level novels have been banished to never see the light of day. But as she matured, so did her writing skills.

She realized that writing could be more than a hobby. She fell in love with flash fiction and began posting the short stories to her blog weekly. Now, Angela spends most of time working on writing, often polishing completed short stories and novels and creating new ones.

She has self-published 22 Short Scifi Stories: a flash fiction collection on Amazon. It reached #6 on the *best seller list. It is also available in audio.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon (US):  buy link

On sale as of 2015-01-18,
can be pre-ordered!


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Otherworlders?  Or – if you did not yet read Otherworlders  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If any of the Otherworlders were filmed – who should direct them, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  22 Short Scifi Stories



4 thoughts on “Otherworlders by Angela Cavanaugh

    • You’ll like this one, Craig! I also loved her Scifi collection. And your reader should reserve a slot for Angela’s works. They’re worth it.

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