Doors of Sleep: Journals of Zaxony Delatree

Angry Robot. Jan. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780857668745. pap. $14.99. SF
Zaxony, a onetime social worker who aims to promote harmony, finds his worldview challenged by the reality that every time he falls asleep he awakes in a different world. For three years he has been traveling the multiverse with no control over where he’ll land next. Able to communicate with all because of a linguistic virus, he takes on fellow travelers only to lose them to violence, madness, or their desire to stay put. Always a stranger, Zax records his travels and travails in his digital journal. After nearly 1,000 worlds, he meets Minna, a generous life-form who can sense plants and animals and adapt her own cells to suit any needed purpose. The two find themselves on the run from an earlier companion, the Lector, who wants to use Zax’s special ability to take over the world.
VERDICT Readers will sympathize with Zax and his fellow travelers as they are yanked into new worlds every few pages or even every few sentences. Pratt’s (The Fractured Void) skillful worldbuilding will appeal to sf fans.
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