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Fair Coin [Kindle Edition]

E. C. Myers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Epraim is horrified when he comes home from school one day to find his mother unconscious at the kitchen table, clutching a bottle of pills. Even more disturbing than her suicide attempt is the reason for it: the dead boy she identified at the hospital that afternoon--a boy who looks exactly like him. While examining his dead double's belongings, Ephraim discovers a strange coin that makes his wishes come true each time he flips it. Before long, he's wished his alcoholic mother into a model parent, and the girl he's liked since second grade suddenly notices him.

But Ephraim soon realizes that the coin comes with consequences --several wishes go disastrously wrong, his best friend Nathan becomes obsessed with the coin, and the world begins to change in unexpected ways. As Ephraim learns the coin's secrets and how to control its power, he must find a way to keep it from Nathan and return to the world he remembers. (For ages 12 & up)

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Editorial Reviews


"Fair Coin is a fantastic, nonstop thrill ride. I barely remembered to breathe!" --Sarah Beth Durst, author of Drink, Slay, Love

"Funny, flirtatious, and unexpectedly poignant, 
Fair Coin takes the phrase 'be careful what you wish for' and runs with it. A standout debut from an author to watch." --Lauren McLaughlin, author of Scored

"This one 
reminded me a lot of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. There's so much to love here: madcap adventure, chewy theoretical physics, realistic angst, serious stakes leavened by hilarious snark. The kind of book smart kids will love." --N. K. Jemisin, author of the Inheritance Trilogy

"In Fair Coin, Myers builds a terrifying and magical universe full of diverse and interesting characters, with a teenage heart beating squarely at its center. Smart, witty, and at turns mind-blowing, this novel will have you wishing for the next book in the series." --Matthew Kressel, editor and publisher of Sybil's Garage

"Magic and science collide in this retelling of the classic fable about misguided wishes never having exactly the outcome you intend. Myers' tale has a massive twist thanks to the wacky addition of string theory, multi-verses and all kinds of cool physics theories. A complex plotline explores experimental theories in this fast-paced and fun story." --RT Book Reviews, FOUR STAR (COMPELLING- Page Turner)

"Warning: This Book is Pure Awesome Crack

Tired of cookie-cutter young-adult novels? The cure awaits, in the shape of E.C. Myers' astounding Fair Coin--a book which, among other things, achieves the feat of seeming like a dark fairy tale and a clever science fiction epic, rolled into one. ..." --io9

About the Author

E. C. Myers was assembled from Korean and German parts in Yonkers, New York, where he was raised jointly by a mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the Internet. To find out more about E. C. Myers and his activities, short story publications, and novels, visit or find him on Twitter @ecmyers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4B2K6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heads or tails? March 13, 2012
Let's start by saying how much I enjoyed reading a smart young adult novel that wasn't a dystopia and didn't have the usual love triangle. The story follows Ephraim Scott, whose life changes when he finds a coin with Washington's head facing the wrong way commemorating the state of Puerto Rico. He discovers that when he makes a wish a flips the coin, it comes true. Or close to true.

For the first half of the novel, Ephraim uses this newfound power to take care of all the things gone wrong in his life. His mom's a drunk and he likes a girl named Jena. Of course, this magic coin ends up being used on girls. Things start to go wrong when other things in Ephraim's world changes along with his wish. People become different, events rearrange themselves.

I felt like there was a lot of this "discovery" phase for Ephraim - nothing particular happening for quite a while except making wishes and seeing how they turn out. Not until he shares this power with his best friend Nathan does things really start to go downhill. Actually, the whole story changes in that it becomes a science fiction thriller with a very human bad guy with a gun.

There are a lot of things to like about Fair Coin. All the characters: Ephraim, Nathan, Jena feel like real teenagers. Their minds are preoccupied on their crushes and other shallow things - I wanted Ephraim to do something selfless with the coin but he never quite gets there. On top of that, I felt like Ephraim didn't have any real feelings for Jena other than her being cute and smart, and still he bases almost all his choices on her.

Towards the end we get the big reveal - I thought it would be the end of the story, but it actually opens up a whole new plot with scary villain and some intriguing science.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading If You Love Science Fiction September 3, 2012
Who wouldn't want a magic coin that would grant wishes? I mean, even though pop culture (Fair Coin included) tells me that such things are not to be trusted, I would still be ALL over that. Ephraim uses this mysterious coin he finds liberally and largely unquestioningly, like a kid devouring the entire Halloween candy haul in one sitting, unconcerned with the inevitable consequences. While there is nothing new about the magic wish plot line, there's something very compelling about it, thus why it lingers in our collective imaginations. Even knowing the risks, how many humans would be able to resist the temptation to change everything with a thought?

The first half of Fair Coin was a bit slow-going. I liked Myers' writing, but I was hoping for more from the concept and characters. Well, let me just say that the book really takes off in the second half, which I'll talk about later on, as that bit might be somewhat spoilerific. For now, I want to talk about the characters, which may be somewhat complicated, since after every wish the same people are a bit different.

Ephraim, our hero, really is not very heroic, especially early on. Sure, I just talked about how I would totally go gaga for a magic coin and make the most of it, but Ephraim makes wishes like they're about to go out of style. Where some people might have a natural, healthy skepticism about this object and how beneficial and trustworthy it is, Ephraim just sort of assumes that it will grant his wishes and everything will be awesome. He also has very little conscience about some of the things that he wishes, totally willing to mess with others for his own gain at first. It even takes him a surprisingly long time to start worrying even after he notices changes unrelated to his wishes occurring.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty & Exciting February 24, 2012
If you follow my blog there are two things you should know by now:

· I love a story told from a male point of view
· I'm hopelessly addicted to all things Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Put these two things together in a Young Adult novel and you get Fair Coin, a story about a teenage boy who finds a magic coin capable of granting his every wish. And, come on, who wouldn't want that?

When Ephraim makes his first wish--that his mother wasn't in the hospital from her suicide attempt--he gets more than he bargained for, returning home to find his mother not only healthy but darn-near perfect. Like a dream come true. Of course not all his wishes go as expected and as it turns out, they each have unintended consequences.

Fair Coin is one of those stories that begs to be read. You think you can stop after a few pages or chapters, but thoughts of it will always be there, tugging at your mind even as you try to sleep. There's a constant air of mystery. I spent a lot of time when I wasn't reading wondering what would happen the next time Ephraim made a wish, where the coin came from, and why it had this inexplicable power to transform his life.

I loved Ephraim, Nathan, and their relationship with one another, at least in the beginning. They're geeky, but in an adorable geeky sort of way. And they're hilarious. For me, there's something genuine and honest about a male/male friendship that I always seem to find lacking in a female/female friendship. Teenage girls can be catty, but teenage boys are usually just fun.

Jena, Ephraim's long-standing crush, is awesome. She's snarky, responsible, and intelligent. She's not the kind of girl who gets all googly-eyed over a boy and forgets she has a brain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging book--love it!
FAIR COIN is a riveting romp through time and space--although you don't realize that's what happening until halfway in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I know what I'm talking about
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivated me and looked forward to my bedtime reading!
Well written and very enjoyable. The characters were very believable, well developed and I very much enjoyed the writers style. I look forward to reading other works by E.C. Read more
Published 7 months ago by mm
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun thrill ride of a journey!
A fun filled thrill ride with a very interesting, thought provoking subject matter. A great science fiction read geared towards a younger crowd, but still enjoyable for older... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. J. Breckel
3.0 out of 5 stars Every action resutlts in a reaction
Fair Coin is a combination of teen angst and traditional sci-fi. Ephraim is a sympathetic, sad-sack protagonist. Read more
Published 14 months ago by PDXbibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
Ephraim Scott lay motionless in the morgue at Summerside General Hospital. His sudden death proved too much for his mother. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kate Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and exciting!
Magical items that grant wishes isn't something I've seen outside of fairytales and children's fiction, so I was very excited to see how it would play out in Fair Coin. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Angie
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
don't get me wrong, the beginning and end of this book are pretty great, it's just everything around the middle that draaaaags on forever! Read more
Published 16 months ago by L Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun from a beginning writer
I'm a bit of a devotee of YA SF/F, so I was curious to see how newcomer on the scene Myers would do. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Priscilla Ballou
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Interesting Little Romp Through Probability
This was a good science fiction novel, the characters proved likable and believable, and the plot, while not that complex, made for an interesting little thought experiment. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rex Weir
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful what you wish for
This YA book with a sci-fi twist has an intriguing premise: high school nerd and his best friend find a coin that apparently allows them to make 'wishes' that alter their... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tom Braun
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More About the Author

E.C. Myers is the author of the Norton Award-winning FAIR COIN, QUANTUM COIN, and the upcoming YA thriller THE SILENCE OF SIX. He was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised in Yonkers, NY by his mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. In the rare moments when he isn't writing, he blogs about Star Trek at, reads constantly, plays video games, watches films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends far too much time on the internet.

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