The Walls of the Universe
by Paul Melko
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319975
Date: 03 February 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Columbus author Paul Melko's second novel, The Walls of the Universe, pits his hero John Rayburn, an Ohio farm boy, against others who can travel between multiple realities. Tricked by an another self who wants his identity into using a device for traveling between universes, he finds himself passing through new realities, some hostile, but none home. The device only allows him to move forward, but not to return to his origin. From official release/information:
Product Description: John Rayburn thought all of his problems were the mundane ones of an Ohio farm boy in his last year in high school. Then his doppelgänger appeared, tempted him with a device that let him travel across worlds, and stole his life from him. John soon finds himself caroming through universes, unable to return home—the device is broken. John settles in a new universe to unravel its secrets and fix it.
(Source: Tor Books)