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CORRIDOR, a novel by Robin Parrish

CORRIDOR, a novel by Robin Parrish

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Published by Robin Parrish
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.

On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?

It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.

But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.
THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.

On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?

It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.

But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.

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Published by: Robin Parrish on Feb 14, 2012
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ROBIN PARRISH
CORRIDOR
 
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roy's skin tingled. His eyes were clamped shut tight, though hedidn't know why. He tried opening them, but found his surroundings were too bright; it was as if he'd been swallowed by pure light andthere was nowhere to fix his gaze. Putting up a hand to shade hiseyes didn't help because the light was casting no shadows. It shonefrom everywhere and everything.Something terrible had been happening in his dream just beforehe awoke. Something horrible. Terrifying. So traumatizing that hisskin still tingled, covered in beads of sweat. His heart was still trying its best to destroy his ribcage in its quest to break free.But what caused these feelings? What had been happening tohim just before he woke up here? And where exactly was here, anyway? The light here wasimpossible. He couldn't think of anyplace that had light so strong itcompletely erased shadows. It was like sitting on the surface of thesun. Only without the heat. In fact, now that he thought about it, it was cold here. He was sure that if he'd been able to see anything, hisown breath would be visible. Troy heard an ambient humming coming from somewhere, apronounced white noise so loud he could almost feel the vibration inthe filling of a back tooth.His hands probed the ground as he laid flat on his back. It wasslick and smooth, yet hard like glass or plastic. It was mildly cold tothe touch.His heart rate was rising, and though the air he inhaled wasdefinitely comprised of oxygen, he found it awfully hard to catch his
 
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CORRIDOR
 
breath. His senses were sharp enough to detect that this place, wherever it was, was enormous like how he imagined a wide-opendesert to be. Maybe it was the way the air moved, maybe it was thetiny echoes of faint sounds reaching distant walls, but Troy knew that, despite how big he felt the space was, he was inside something. Troy had once been on a vacation to Orlando with his dad andbrothers. Their hotel had an incredible, ten-story atrium thatencompassed the lobby, the hallways between rooms, and tworestaurants, and at least ten of those could have fit in here. Maybetwenty. Troy tried opening his eyes again to see if the light had faded,and found that, if anything, it was brighter. Could human eyes adjustto this kind of intensity?"Can—hear—?"He jerked. His eyes snapped open involuntarily, and he quickly forced them closed again to avoid going blind."—have—calm—!" called out the voice. What direction was itcoming from? It seemed like it was coming from everywhere.He knew the voice wanted him to calm down. How was hesupposed to do that? He couldn't remember how he'd gotten here,he had no idea where "here" was, and he couldn't see anything because it felt like ten thousand spotlights were shining on him."What is this?
Where am I?! 
" he screamed as loud as he could, andeven then he feared it wasn't enough to break through the blaring  white noise.
"Calm—!" 
replied the voice. It was so loud it rattled the insidesof Troy’s head."Calm down?" he asked. "Fine, okay…" How was he supposedto calm down in the middle of all this?He clutched at his chest, felt the hammering beneath the dark green t-shirt, and tried taking long, slow breaths."Yes, good—more," said the voice, a bit more soothing now. Was it a female voice? It was too high-pitched to be a guy.

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